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John Golden Broadway Theatre

The Golden Theatre, originally the Theatre Masque, opened in 1927.


John Golden Theatre

252 West 45th Street
New York, NY 10019
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Location of the John Golden Theatre:

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

John Golden Theatre 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.

With only 805 seats, 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 who bought the theater and named it after himself. 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, as the small size of the theater provides an intimate setting.

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.
John Golden Broadway Theatre

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.

Design of the John Golden Theatre:
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.

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.

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Seating Map for the John Golden Theatre:

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