Fourteenth Street Theater Shortly Before Demolition, 1937

Fourteenth Street Theater Shortly Before Demolition, 1937
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The Fourteenth Street Theater, built in 1866 as the Theater Francais, had a long and colorful history. In the post-Civil War era, Broadway Theater was closer to Union Square than to Times Square, and the Theater Francais was in the heart of it. The venue evolved over the years from playing French comic operas to minstrel shows to musicals and dramas and eventually to movies. At the end of its life, it was home to Eve Le Gallienne's Civic Repertory company from 1926-1932. Seen here on August 31, 1937, it has clearly been dark for a few years. It was demolished a few months later in 1938.

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