Lunt-Fontanne Theatre

205 West 46th Street,
New York, NY 10036

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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.

robboehm on April 21, 2017 at 7:54 pm

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

DavidZornig on April 21, 2017 at 7:36 pm

February 26th 1940 photo added credit Duke University Collection.

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 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.

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

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

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

Great photo! Thanks David & LIFE.

DavidZornig on July 15, 2015 at 4:39 pm

1945 photo added, credit LIFE Magazine.

robboehm on April 9, 2015 at 11:09 am

New show due to open at the theater. Really miss the Automats though more than a lot of the theaters on this site.

DavidZornig on April 9, 2015 at 9:04 am

Circa 1931 photo added courtesy of the Vintage Vortex Facebook page.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on October 26, 2012 at 5:47 am

A February 1, 1998 NYT article on this theatre mentions that it opened with a feature unique to Broadway history. As a tribute to its namesake, the open-air Shakespeare Globe in London, this Globe had a sliding roof that could open up to the sky on hot weather days. They speculate that soot and litter may have limited the use as it was a problem for other nearby roof top operations.

The article also mentions that the theatre had “seats for fat men”.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on September 18, 2012 at 9:32 am

I was just reading a 1989 NYT article about the Nederlander organization looking for a movie multiplex operator to split it up because the theatre was too narrow and therefore awkward for live musical theatre. Here we are twenty three years later.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on May 15, 2012 at 1:31 pm

I like that you can see a little bit of Horn & Hardart there on the right.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on November 10, 2010 at 7:43 am

Re-posted from Vito’s post today on the Loew’s State page:

Nov. 10th: On this date in 1953 the second picture released in CinemaScope opened simultaneously at the Loew’s State and Brandt’s Globe.

I believe “How to Marry a Millionaire” was actually the first movie filmed in Scope but Zanuck in his wisdom decided to release “The Robe” first to introduce the miracle you see without glasses.

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jeffdonaldson on April 23, 2010 at 3:44 pm

Check out Stanley Kubrick’s “Killer’s Kiss” where one scene takes place at night in Times Square. The Globe is playing “How to Marry a Millionaire in 1953. The action goes indoors for a minute then is outside again and the Globe is now playing "Beachhead” with Tony Curtis, from 1954. Guess it didn’t take Kubrick two years to shoot the film, but apparently it did take a while.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on January 19, 2010 at 10:22 am

Although the intro correctly states that the Globe became a full-time cinema in 1935, from 1927 to 1935 it spent more time each year as a motion picture theatre than as a live venue.

TLSLOEWS on November 4, 2009 at 1:54 pm

Porno at the Globe all right then.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on November 4, 2009 at 1:00 pm

Cool find, LM. It appears these facts were always there if you know where to look.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on November 4, 2009 at 12:03 pm

I just found a blurb in an old copy of MARQUEE (Volume 18, 1986) that mentions the Robert F. Kennedy Children’s theatre which was showing films in 1976. It states that the RFK was actually the Walter Kerr/Ritz at 219 West 46th Street and not this location.

woody on August 13, 2008 at 7:49 am

a night time shot of the Howard Johnson’s and Gaiety Burlesque buildings on 46th st shortly before demolition
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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 4, 2008 at 6:51 pm

The Globe was showing movies between shows at least as early as 1915 when it premiered ‘The Whirl of Life".

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on May 9, 2008 at 9:06 am

Here is the text of the Times article about the old Globe facade and entrance: (sorry I couldn’t edit out the photo captions)

An Old Player for the Stage, Soon to Be Heard No More

Published: April 5, 2006

Every so often, Times Square, that most public of places, will give up a secret it has harbored for decades.
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Keith Bedford for The New York Times

A piece of the Globe Theater on Broadway near 46th Street is visible above the present scaffolding.
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R. M. De Leeuw

The white facade of the theater entrance as it appeared in 1910, when it opened.

Now on view near the corner of 46th Street â€" but not for much longer â€" is a fragment of the Broadway facade of the 96-year-old Globe Theater, which was hidden for a half-century behind jumbo signs far taller than its four stories.

Demolition is under way on the Globe and an adjoining 111-year-old building, 1551 Broadway, the home until recently of a Howard Johnson’s restaurant and the Gaiety Male Burlesk theater. They are to be replaced by a two-story store that will have large signs and lights on top. “We look at it as a premier retail opportunity,” said Gerard T. Nocera, the chief operating officer of S. L. Green Realty Corporation.

The theatrical producer Charles B. Dillingham built the Globe in 1910 as an L-shaped structure with entrances both on Broadway and 46th Street. (The auditorium still exists, as does the 46th Street facade, which is a landmark.)

Today, a half-dozen windows and the trace of a cornice are all that remain of the Globe on Broadway. The pediments, garlands, cherubim, comic masks and tragic masks designed by Carrère & Hastings are nowhere to be seen. Yet this is unmistakably the “modest, jewellike front” described in 1910 by The New York Times.

It was at the Globe in 1916 that a young British-born actress named Lynn Fontanne made one of her first American appearances in “The Harp of Life,” giving a performance that The Times called “notably direct, eloquent and moving.” It was at the Globe that Fanny Brice sang “Second Hand Rose” in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1921.

And it was at the Globe in 1953, during its cinema phase, that New Yorkers first peered through polarized glasses at a full program of stereoscopic films. Bosley Crowther of The Times was underwhelmed and leery of the 3-D craze, asking readers to imagine Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis appearing to be “so real and close they could reach out and almost touch you!

“One-dimension is quite enough for them!”

The Broadway entrance was severed from the rest of the auditorium four years later when it was reclaimed as a legitimate playhouse. Miss Fontanne returned for the reopening in 1958, appearing with her husband Alfred Lunt in “The Visit.” The theater was renamed the Lunt-Fontanne and the Globe disappeared for the first time. But not the last.

AdoraKiaOra on May 9, 2008 at 9:02 am

A very unpleasant auditorium to sit in for a show!