Stuart Street Playhouse
200 Stuart Street,
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This venue was originally constructed as a two-screen movie theatre, the Sack Cinema 57, located on Stuart Street near the heart of the theatre district. The Sack Cinema 57 opened in late-December 1971 with “The Gang Who Couldn’t Shoot Straight” in one screen. The second screen opened about a month later with “The Hospital”. Here Alfred Hitchcock appeared in person to introduce his film “Frenzy” at its world premiere on June 20, 1972. The twin theatre showed films for more than two decades as part of Sack Theatres chain. Loews, having taken over what had been Sack Theatres, closed the theatre in May 1996.
It became the Stuart Street Playhouse in one of the former screens, used for live theatre productions. In the other former screen it was used as an indoor golf school for several years.
The theatre closed as a live stage venue in the spring of 2009, but became a cinema again on October 30, 2009, keeping the name Stuart Street Playhouse. The opening movies were “Paris” and “The September Issue”. Half of the original Sack 57 is reused as this 435 seat cinema, which from June 2011, was repurposed for special events and ocassional film show & film festivals. In 2012, this theatre was redesigned as a 225-seat multi-event venue. The other auditorium which once seated 800, and was later converted into a golf course, in 2012 is being converted to a ‘blank canvas’ room called Space 57 that can hold about 800 people for stand-up receptions or 300 for sit-down dinners.
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