Daly's Theatre

1221 Broadway,
New York, NY 10001

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Daly's Theatre

Located on the southwest corner of Broadway and W. 30th Street. It was built in 1867 as a museum/theatre by John Banvard. In 1868 it was renamed Wood’s Museum and Metropolitan, presenting light variety and musical comedy. In 1876 it was taken back by John Banvard and renamed Broadway Theatre.

It was operated by Augustine Daly from 1879, renamed Daly’s Theatre, and he operated it until his death in 1899. It was then operated by a succession of managers, including the Shubert Brothers, and later went over to burlesque.

Turned to movies from 1916 to 1920, when it was demolished.

Contributed by Al Alvarez

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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.

petermetzke on July 22, 2016 at 8:23 pm

A little more information is available from this link below which is in the Internet Archive. Although a small book its of interest and only helps to add to the history of this theater.


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