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Samuel J. Friedman (formerly Biltmore Theatre)

261 West 47th Street


January 26, 2012 (Closing March 11, 2012)

Broadway Play (Dramatic)

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The theater was designed by the famed architect Herbert J. Krapp and built for the Chanin Brothers, the real estate magnates, in 1925. The interior, horseshoe in shape, had used plaster and paint styling for ornamentation – known as ‘Adamesque,’ which was the style usually used by Krapp. On December 7, 1926, the theater, with around 900 seats, opened with David Owen’s Come Easy Go Easy.

Its Checkered History

The Chanin Brothers lost the Biltmore Theater to the Federal Theater during the depression, and its Living Newspaper Project replaced the shows for entertainment with news content shows. In 1935, the theater was sold to the Warner Brothers and George Abbot, when it was used to display the works of Abbot, who was an actor, a director, a writer and a producer, all rolled into one. It was leased to the CBS in 1952 to be used as a radio and TV studio. In 1961, it reverted back to what it was built for – a legitimate theater.

It presented a number of shows from 1961 to 1987, including Take Her She's Mine; Mike Nichols’ directed Barefoot in the Park featuring Elizabeth Ashley and Robert Redford; The Gerome Ragni-James Rado musical Hair; The Kingfisher, starring Rex Harrison; with The Mitchell Parrish revue Stardust, closing on May 17, being the last show at the theater, before the fire.

Subsequent to its destruction by arson in late 1987, the Biltmore Theater remain closed for the next 14 years. Just prior to the fire, its interior had been made a New York City landmark.

The Years Thereafter

For some mysterious reasons, the burnt down Biltmore Theater was purchased by the Nederlander Group along with Stewart F. Lane – a producer and theater owner, in 1993. Being declared a New York City landmark, restoring the fire ravaged theater under the Landmark Preservation Commission guidelines was not going to be an easy task – rather quite expensive and daunting.

Joseph Moinian, a developer, tried to purchase the theater from the Nederlander Group, throughout 1999, but was unsuccessful. The Nederlander Group cancelled the contract as Moinian planned to open the refurbished theater with a ‘Best of Broadway’ one hour revue. This was in contravention of the landmark designation that required the theater house to operate only as a legitimate Broadway Theater, if reopened. The judge ruled in Nederlander’s favor, and the Group announced to renovate the Theater itself.

Nothing came out of this, and in 2001, the theater was purchased by the Manhattan Theater Club. The original theater was restored and the Biltmore completely rehabilitated. Its capacity was reduced to 622 seats. After the restoration, the Biltmore Theater opened on November 6, 2003 with Richard Greenberg’s The Violet Hour.

Samuel J. Friedman (formerly Biltmore Theatre) - Biltmore Theater Tickets

Currently playing at the Samuel J. Friedman (formerly Biltmore Theatre) is David Ives's dramatic comedy Venus In Fur set to close on December 18, 2011. are well placed to help you procure the Samuel J. Friedman - Biltmore Theater tickets for any of these shows. Our competent staff can arrange the premium seats of your choice and deliver the Samuel J. Friedman - Biltmore Theater tickets to your home.

Previous Shows

Venus In Fur
Master Class
Good People
The Pitmen Painters
Collected Stories
Time Stands Still
The Royal Family
Accent On Youth
The American Plan
To Be Or Not To Be
Come Back, Little Sheba
Top Girls

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