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John Golden Broadway Theatre
The Golden Theatre, originally named the Theatre Masque, was built by the Chanin Brothers and opened on Broadway in 1927

John Golden Theatre
252 West 45th Street
New York, NY 10019
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Location:
The John Golden Theatre is located on the south side of 45th Street, west of Broadway near 8th Avenue. It is marked number 25 on The Broadway Theatre Map

Design:
The facade of the Golden Theatre was part of a single wall of variegated brick with three blind arches. The building was designed in the Spanish Renaissance style and the interior had a strong Spanish flavor. It was designed in the Mission Revival style, with rough plaster walls, wrought iron fixtures, and a beamed ceiling.

Background:
The John Golden Theatre, built in 1927, was originally called the Theatre Masque. It was one of the theaters built by the Chanin Brothers, the duo responsible for several Broadway houses. However, the moguls lost control of their theatre empire during the Depression, and as a result the Majestic Theatre, Royale Theatre, and Theatre Masque were acquired by the Shuberts.

The John Golden Theatre is one of the smallest theaters that the Chanin brothers built and was designed to house more intimate plays. From 1927 till 1937 this theatre was named the Theatre Masque and was renamed the John Golden Theatre, after the illustrious Broadway producer. For a few years in the mid-'40s, the theater was leased as a movie house, but for most of its life this space has proven to be a great home for plays and small-cast musicals.

John Golden Broadway Theatre

Best Seats In The House:
The John Golden Theatre has 805 seats. Because of its relatively small size, the John Golden Theatre offers great sightlines all around.

Directions:
By subway, take the A/C/E to 42nd Street, walk north on Eighth Avenue, and then turn right onto 45th Street. Or take the 1/2/3 to 42nd Street, walk north on Broadway, and make a left onto 45th Street.

Parking
Parking garages in this area are very expensive. We have negotiated special deals wth parking garages that will save you both your wallet and your frustration of driving around trying to find a Parking garage that is reasonably priced.
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Previous Shows:
The premiere show at Theatre Masque was Puppets of Passion, an Italian play. The Theatre Masque’s biggest hit was a drama in 1929 called Rope’s End by Patrick Hamilton, influenced by the murderers Leopold and Loeb. In 1953, after it had been named the John Golden Theatre, Victor Borge had a big hit here with his one-man show, and the Pulitzer Prize winning The Gin Game won Jessica Tandy a Tony Award for her performance. More recently, the John Golden Theatre has been home to acclaimed plays like Master Class and Side Man, the popular puppet musical Avenue Q, Driving Miss Daisy starring James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave, and the acclaimed revival of The Normal Heart.

Restaurants
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Seating Chart:

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