Daly's Theatre

1221 Broadway,
New York, NY

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Museum theatre turned musical review. Turned to movies from 1916 to 1920, when it was demolished.

Contributed by Al Alvarez

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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on April 20, 2006 at 4:23 am

This is the block of Broadway that contained both Daly’s and Weber’s. I would hesitate in calling either theatre a “Cinema Treasure,” since they were purpose-built for stage productions and showed movies only in desperation while designated for demolition:
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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on April 20, 2006 at 7:27 am

Warren, I disagree. Let’s build up the data base in Cinema Treasures to include as many theatres as possible, even ones with limited cinema use. According to Mary Henderson’s book, this theatre opened in 1867 as a museum/theatre run by John Banvard. After various names and operators, Augustin Daly took it over in 1879. He ran it until 1899. He also ran the Daly’s Theatre in London which was a leading musical house until it was demolished for the Warner cinema in 1937. Daly’s in NYC was run by the Shuberts for awhile and then ended its days as a burley and movie theatre, demolished about 1920. As for it being a “cinema treasure”, maybe it was to someone who went to it regularly during its final years. Who can say today?

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on November 25, 2006 at 7:12 am

Daly’s Theatre is listed in the 1897-98 edition of the Julius Cahn Official Theatrical Guide. The manager was Augustin Daly. The seating capacity was Orchestra: 500, Balcony: 320; Gallery: 350, total: 1,170. The proscenium opening was 32 feet wide by 23 feet high. The stage was 40 feet deep. The theatre was on the first floor, and there were 20 places in the orchestra pit.

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