121 W. 48th Street,
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Opened by producer/actor/director Jack Norworth in 1918, this relatively small playhouse seated just over 500, and featured a Venetian Renaissance facade, complete with a pair of large bronze lanterns on each side of the arch window over the marquee. Its understated interior featured a single balcony and just a set of boxes on each side of the proscenium arch.
The decor was neo-classical, featuring oak paneling, several kinds of marble and elegant plasterwork. The Norworth’s architect was Eugene DeRosa.
Norworth opened his theater with a comedy called “Odds and Ends” which was moved from the Bijou, where he was starring in it. After the failure of this show, Norworth lost the theater, just weeks after opening it, and the new owners, continuing legitimate theater, had it renamed the Belmont.
In 1919, the theater was briefly renamed the Theatre Parisien when French dramas played there until 1920, when its next owners renamed it the Belmont, and straightforward legitimate theater returned.
By 1933, with the Depression on, and having had a long string of unsuccessful shows, the Belmont was shuttered. It was reopened in 1937, but only for a week, when the play bombed. Later in the same year, it was reopened as a movie theater, playing foreign features, although the occasional live performance was staged at the Belmont as well.
It was closed during the early 50s and later razed.
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