Winter Garden Theatre
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Best known as the home of “Cats”, which ran for 19 years, the Winter Garden was once home to movies as well.
Beginning as a live theater venue, the theater switched to film in 1928, then back to live theater in 1933. Although movies returned to the Winter Garden in 1945, the three year run would be the last time movies would be a staple of the theater’s program.
The Winter Garden was renovated in 1980 and opened “Cats” in 1982 and became the longest running show in Broadway history. “Cats” finally closed in September 2000 and the theater closed for renovations. It reopened in 2001, renamed the Cadillac Winter Garden Theatre (due to Cadillac’s winning naming rights), with the ABBA-inspired musical, “Mamma Mia!” which is still playing here today. The Cadillac name was removed from the theater’s name at the end of 2006, and is once again going by its original name.
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