Times Square Theatre

217 W. 42nd Street,
New York, NY 10036

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markp
markp on September 20, 2018 at 5:02 pm

NYer, that would be so awesome. Too bad it wont happen.

NYer
NYer on September 20, 2018 at 2:22 pm

Disney could easily take it and do what they did to the El Capitan. Open their big pictures exclusively in NY proper for weeks. Make them events, add a small stage show. Their shows are modest set wise, so a huge loading dock probably isn’t necessary anyway.

robboehm
robboehm on September 20, 2018 at 7:22 am

Well, maybe this will finally put the space to use. As I mentioned earlier the property cannot be used as a theater anymore because of some changes to the zoning laws involving a loading dock.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on September 19, 2018 at 6:18 pm

yep, retail sounds sad for this space! article – Stillman Development will be responsible for the $100 million project, and has signed a 73-year lease for the space, which will be reconceived as a multi-floor retail space.

The extensive renovation plan is set to incorporate elements of the theatre’s original design, and will preserve the original proscenium, dome, and boxes.

The plans also include restoration of architectural features and will lift the property façade by five feet, which will result in higher ceilings on the ground floor. Developers have also planned to construct a two story glass box and outdoor space on the property.

According to reports, the developers hope to appeal to “entertainment-focused retailers”.

The property has changed hands a number of times over the years, most recently having been leased to an entertainment and multimedia company based in Singapore. In 2014, a deal fell through for the much-discussed Broadway 4D project.

Developers estimate that the project will take at least two years to complete.

markp
markp on September 19, 2018 at 5:47 pm

I read on a facebook link it going to be retail. How sad.

NYer
NYer on September 19, 2018 at 2:32 pm

Sorry wrong link…below is the link from yesterday’s BroadwayWorld.com

The Times Square Theatre to Receive $100 Million Renovation

https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/The-Times-Square-Theatre-to-Receive-100-Million-Renovation-20180918

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on September 18, 2018 at 8:46 pm

Ignoring the fate of the Harris Theatre, however…

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on September 18, 2018 at 8:10 pm

Although one sentence is still very relevant:

“New 42nd Street found successful new uses for all seven of the block’s other theaters, but efforts to get the lights back on at the Times Square have fallen frustratingly short.”

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on September 18, 2018 at 8:06 pm

That article is 2-½ years old, from March 2016

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on September 18, 2018 at 6:40 pm

Another short life, over-priced tourist rip-off “museum”. Like National Geographic’s latest con of shark fakes or Gulliver’s Travels.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on September 18, 2018 at 6:22 pm

short article with the relevant parts sounding way better than the wrecking ball mentioned as a possibility in recent comment:

sources told The Post, the theater with 100 feet of sidewalk frontage has been leased to Oracle Projects International, a Singapore-based producer and designer of technology-driven entertainment and multimedia events.   Oracle Special Projects says it specializes in “delivering complete customized turnkey solutions for world-class special events, permanent installations and landmark attractions around the world.” It says its “proprietary 360-degree Video Project Dome venues” have “revolutionized the events and entertainment sphere.”

NYer
NYer on September 18, 2018 at 5:20 pm

Here we go again…..

New deal to revive long-vacant Times Square Theater

https://nypost.com/2016/03/02/new-deal-to-revive-long-vacant-times-square-theater/

jordanlage
jordanlage on March 16, 2018 at 5:20 am

And so it sits there, 42nd Street’s version of a Roman ruin, awaiting rediscovery & reuse, or the wrecking ball.

robboehm
robboehm on November 15, 2017 at 7:25 pm

Apparently the theatre could not return to use as a theatre because of NYC loading dock regulations.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on March 11, 2015 at 1:23 pm

Probably take some work to restore stage facilities at the Times Square. If I’m not mistaken, the stage was converted to retail space decades ago. The fly tower still seems to be intact – at least from exterior views. Not sure if that would require work and possible expansion to suit modern day theatrical needs.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on March 11, 2015 at 1:20 pm

Robboehm… The lobby is no longer in existence for the Liberty. Only the auditorium was saved, and is available for event rentals. There is an “immersive” show centered around the Ziegfeld Follies that is booked for the Liberty this spring. I’ll post about it on the Liberty page (if someone hasn’t beaten me to it).

robboehm
robboehm on March 11, 2015 at 6:57 am

Maybe he could also pick up the Liberty. The auditorium is still a void but some sort of eatery uses the lobby.

markp
markp on March 11, 2015 at 6:26 am

Lets hope for that. Went by it just last night.

cmbussmann
cmbussmann on July 7, 2014 at 9:27 am

This theater was heavily featured in the 1980 film “Times Square” by director Allan Moyle. He filmed the climatic scene on top of the marquee:

https://nplusonemag.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/still-from-ts.jpg

spectrum
spectrum on July 7, 2014 at 8:26 am

Broadway.com reports that the 4D project has been cancelled due to financing problems.

Don’t know how much (if any) of the renovations had actually taken place.

http://www.broadway.com/buzz/176117/exclusive-broadway-4d-cancels-planned-times-square-attraction-featuring-filmed-broadway-performances/

Garth
Garth on February 17, 2014 at 5:52 am

Wikipedia reports Broadway 4D will now open in Spring 2015. Another delay.

robboehm
robboehm on January 1, 2014 at 5:39 pm

Building is obviously under renovation with all the “drapery” on the facade.

Garth
Garth on June 2, 2013 at 7:16 am

The NY post reports that under a revised schedule, construction will begin this month and “Broadway 4D” will open in June 2014. I have posted an artist’s rendering of the completed theatre in the photos section.

KenLager
KenLager on January 10, 2013 at 9:24 am

Things are starting to move with the 4d moving into the Times Square Theatre. Contractors being motivated to provide bidding at least.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on March 21, 2012 at 7:19 am

A bit more detailed information about the renovations to the theater in this article. Sounds very promising.

The Harris remains the most notable casualty on the block, in terms of the New 42nd Street Org’s charter to preserve and restore the Duece’s historic theaters. Coming up close behind would be the Lyric and Apollo, the interiors of which only bits and pieces remain within the Foxwoods Theatre. Lamentable as those losses may be, I think I’d have to heave a sigh and consider the overall success ratio, in terms of theater preservation on 42nd Street, to be much better than the norm. By comparison, the collective fates of the old movie houses around the corner on Broadway and Seventh Avenue would evidence a monumental FAIL on the part of the City, with respect to preserving its storied legacy of cinematic exhibition.