Savoy Theatre

112 W. 34th Street,
New York, NY 10120

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Built in 1900, off Herald Square, out of three former residences on 33rd and 34th Streets, Schley’s Music Hall was designed by Michael Bernstein and designed in late Victorian style, with touches of neo-Renaissance decor. It sat about 840, on strange folding type-chairs, as well as a pair of small balconies and six sets of boxes on either side of the ornate proscenium arch.

Just a few months after opening, Schley’s was under new management and was renamed the Savoy Theatre. Live theater and variety shows remained on the bill at the Savoy for just over a dozen years, when the theater was converted into a movie house. It was last operatred by the Cinema Circuit Corp. chain, and was razed in 1952, the last vestige of Herald Square’s days as a theater district.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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RobertR on May 25, 2006 at 8:47 pm

This ad seems to indicate the Savoy was being run by the same owners that had the New Amsterdam and Astor. Was it Cinema Circuit?
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johnfields on April 18, 2008 at 6:55 pm

My great grandmother, Anna Schober Fields, appeared at the Savoy as Mrs. Schultz in “Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch” on September 4, 1904.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on January 1, 2010 at 4:13 pm

The Savoy, circa 1951:

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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on January 19, 2010 at 8:35 pm

The Savoy stopped operating in early September 1952.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 18, 2013 at 10:35 pm

According to Our Theatres To-day and Yesterday, a book by Ruth Crosby Dimmick published in 1913, the operator who took over the Savoy Theatre in 1911 and converted it into a movie house was Walter Rosenberg. A few years later, Rosenberg changed his surname to Reade, and he and his son, Walter Reade Jr., went on to build an extensive chain of movie theaters. Rosenberg/Reade was the nephew of Oscar Hammerstein I.

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