Lunt-Fontanne Theatre

205 W. 46th Street,
New York, NY 10036

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Man in Times Square January 11, 1934 Photo credit & courtesy of Duke University Collection.

Opened on January 10, 1910 as the Globe Theatre for producer and theater manager Charles Dillingham, this 1,475-seat theater was designed in Neo-Renaissance style by the firm of Carrere & Hastings. It had two entrances, a narrow one at 1555 Broadway, the other at 203-217 W. 46th Street.

It originally was a venue for legitimate theatre, until closing in 1931.

It served as a movie house from 1935 until July 28, 1957 when “A Face in the Crowd” was its final movie .

Acquired by City Playhouses, Inc. in 1957, it was renovated and renamed the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, after the famed husband-and-wife stage actors, returning to its pre-1935 use. At the same time, the main entrance was moved from Broadway to the former side entrance on W. 46th Street.

The theater became part of the Nederlander Organization in 1973. Marlene Dietrich, Peggy Lee and Carol Channing have all appeared on the Lunt-Fontanne’s stage.

The theater received an extensive restoration from 1997-99, which returned it to its original appearance, reopening with Disney’s stage version of “Beauty and the Beast”.

Contributed by Bryan Kreffft

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DavidZornig
DavidZornig on July 15, 2015 at 4:39 pm

1945 photo added, credit LIFE Magazine.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on July 15, 2015 at 9:24 pm

Great photo! Thanks David & LIFE.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on July 16, 2015 at 9:00 am

I added a comment on the photo posted March 29, 2014…

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on November 13, 2015 at 9:24 pm

This link about the history of the neighboring Automat may be of interest of some.
It also had a rendering of the intersection.

http://www.collectorsweekly.com/articles/coin-op-cuisine/

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on April 21, 2016 at 1:32 pm

The “last picture show” at the Globe Theatre was Elia Kazan’s “A Face In The Crowd,” which opened with a world premiere performance on May 28th, 1957, and ran for nine weeks, closing on July 28th, according to Variety. Images have been posted in the Photos Section.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on April 21, 2017 at 7:36 pm

February 26th 1940 photo added credit Duke University Collection.

robboehm
robboehm on April 21, 2017 at 7:54 pm

Currently the home of the Broadway musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

markp
markp on April 22, 2017 at 2:16 pm

My wife does day work on
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and is a wardrobe attendant on Broadway Bandstand at the Bernard Jacobs.

vindanpar
vindanpar on August 2, 2019 at 4:51 pm

The first show I saw here was The Rothschilds. It was a big disappointment in that I had no idea they had stripped it of all its interior decoration. Of course bigger disappointments were to come with The Uris and The Minskoff but up until then it was the worst interior of a musical house I ever saw. I haven’t seen the restoration but I’m happy Disney did not rename the theater The Michael Eisner. Though it still could be The Bob Iger.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on September 14, 2019 at 5:38 pm

Added this photo back in February, but here is the proper date and photo credit. Better scanned version of it too. Globe marquee on the far left. “The Man With Nine Lives” starring Boris Karloff.

https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/view-of-pedestrian-and-street-traffic-in-times-square-new-news-photo/553039689

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