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The New Victory Theatre

The very first theater built on West 42nd Street, the New Victory was designed by Albert Westover.

New Victory Theater
209 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10019
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Location:
The New Victory Theatre is located on the north side of 42nd Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue.

Design:
Designed by architect Albert Westover, the New Victory Theatre featured a handsome interior with a large dome decorated with cherubs playing the lyre (the original cherubs are still there over 100 years later). When it became a burlesque house in the '30s, a double runway was built in the middle of the auditorium for strippers to walk down (including famed performer Gypsy Rose Lee herself). An elaborate renovation in the mid-1990s overseen by Hugh Hardy included the rebuilding of the theater's original outside double staircase.

New Victory Theatre on Broadway

Background:
The New Victory Theatre was built in the year 1900 by Oscar Hammerstein I, and it was the first theater to be built on the now iconic 42nd Street, which is one of the most trafficked streets in Times Square. When the New Victory first opened, it was called the Theatre Republic, only to be renamed the Belasco Theatre a couple years later. The name Theatre Republic was brought back in 1910 when a theater on 44th Street took on the name Belasco instead. In 1931, it was turned into the first burlesque house on Broadway by Billy Minsky, and stayed that way until 1941. The following year the theater became a movie theater named The Victory, going on to screen pornographic films. Finally The Victory began presenting plays again in the early 1990s. A revitalization project on 42nd Street allowed the space to get a multi-million dollar restoration, and in 1995 it re-opened as The New Victory Theater, a theater dedicated to plays and musicals for families.

Directions:
Take the A, C or E or 1, 2, 3, 7, N, Q, R or S subway to 42nd St Times Square. The New Amsterdam Theatre is across the street from the Hilton Theatre and the American Airlines Theatre.

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:
Past productions at the New Victory Theatre include the play Sag Harbor starring Lionel Barrymore; the 1920s classic Abie's Irish Rose, which ran for five years; and in recent years a wide variety of international productions aimed at children and families.

Restaurants
We have created a list of bargain and value-driven restaurants that are local to this Broadway Theatre.
The guide is divided by cuisine types and only the best value restaurants make it into our guide.
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Seating Chart:

Theatre Seating Chart for the New Victory Broadway Theatre

 
 
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