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oops, duh! sorry about that…
Oh, also a Jan 1978 issue of Billboard (searchable via Google Books) discusses CBGB Second Avenue’s opening (it quotes Hilly) and says that the theater had 1700 seats.
What a wonderful thread! Arrived here because I was researching the old Anderson Theater on Second Avenue. A quick correction to an earlier comment: The Anderson was never the Yiddish Art Theatre. That was on 2nd Avenue and 12th street (yup, later the Fillmore East). The Yiddish Art Theatre was built specifically for the Yiddish actor Maurice Schwartz (“Mr Second Avenue”) in 1926, and the space later became the home of the Phoenix Theatre.