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Maxine Elliott Theatre

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Maxine Elliott Theatre

The Maxine Elliott Theatre was a Broadway theater located at 109 West 39th Street in Manhattan. Built in 1908, it was demolished in 1960. The theater was designed by architect Benjamin Marshall of the Chicago firm Marshall and Fox.

It was named for Federal Theatre in 1936; the following year, it was shut down by the government during the Orson Welles's production of The Cradle Will Rock.

In 1941, it became a radio studio and in 1949, it again transformed into a television studio, where the very first Ed Sullivan Toast of the Town shows were broadcast from. In 1956, Elliott's heirs sold her share to the Shuberts, who then sold the property. It was demolished in 1960. The theatre, built in a thriving theatre district, was the only Broadway house below 41st Street.

The Maxine Elliot housed approximately 935 patrons. Throughout its lifetime, the Maxine Elliot housed a multitude of plays, including original works by John Millington Synge, Lady Augusta Gregory, Lord Dunsany, Lillian Hellman and Somerset Maugham. Only three of its productions were musicals, including one opera.

Notable productions

External links

  • Maxine Elliott Theatre at the Internet Broadway Database

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