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"Lost Broadway Theatres is the definitive history of the great New York playhouses of the past. Fully updated and expanded to include the pioneering restoration work of the 1990s, this volume traces the histories of nearly sixty Broadway theatres constructed between 1882 and 1932." "F...

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Main Author: Van Hoogstraten, Nicholas, 1956- (Author)
Format: Book
Language:English
Published:New York : Princeton Architectural Press, ©1997.
Edition:Rev. ed., fully updated and expanded.
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Main Author:Van Hoogstraten, Nicholas, 1956-
Summary:"Lost Broadway Theatres is the definitive history of the great New York playhouses of the past. Fully updated and expanded to include the pioneering restoration work of the 1990s, this volume traces the histories of nearly sixty Broadway theatres constructed between 1882 and 1932." "From Moorish masterpieces to Art Deco delights, the theatres that once lined Broadway were magnificent showplaces, with histories as flamboyant as their architecture. But with the collapse of the theatre industry during the Great Depression, Broadway's once-great theatres were reinvented as cabarets, movie houses, and radio and television studios. Less fortunate theatres eventually became office buildings, hotels, and parking lots. Today, the movement to revitalize the Times Square area has led to the restoration of numerous theatres and a renewed interest in creatively incorporating them into the modern city." "Illustrated with over 300 period and contemporary photographs, drawings, and plans, Lost Broadway Theatres documents this entire history, reliving the fantastic stories of New York's "Great White Way.""--Jacket.

Of the 90 theaters built in the Times Square area since 1888, over half have since been lost through demolition or conversion to other uses, while some barely survive in varying stages of decay. The extensive redevelopment of Times Square by Disney has focused attention on the architectural glories of the Great White Way, as the recent and much-anticipated reopening of the New Amsterdam Theater demonstrates. Princeton Architectural Press is pleased to announce a revised and updated edition of Lost Broadway Theatres , as part of the renewed interest in Broadway.

Lost Broadway Theatres is the only definitive, comprehensive history of the New York playhouses of the past. Over fifty theaters, dating from the 1880s to the 1930s, are presented through brief histories and period photographs. Some of the theaters included are the Ziegfeld, the Lyric, Hammerstein's, and the Republic. This new edition includes additional photos and updated historical information on this fascinating piece of New York City's past. Emmy award-winner Nick van Hoogstraten has included two new theaters, the Biltmore and the Mark Hellinger, as well as images of newly restored theaters the New Amsterdam and the New Victory.

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Physical Description:288 pages : illustrations ; 30 cm
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (pages 284-285) and index.
ISBN:1568981163
9781568981161