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The Booth Theatre is a Broadway theatre located at 222 West 45th Street (George Abbott Way) in midtown-Manhattan, New York City.

Booth Theatre
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Address222 West 45th Street
New York City, New York
United States
Coordinates40°45′31″N 73°59′13″W / 40.758473°N 73.987024°W / 40.758473; -73.987024
OwnerThe Shubert Organization
DesignationBroadway theatre
Capacity783
ProductionAmerican Son
Construction
OpenedOctober 16, 1913
ArchitectHenry B. Herts
Website
shubertorganization.com
Booth's Theatre, on the southeast corner of 23rd Street and 6th Avenue, was demolished in 1883.
Booth Theatre (right) and Shubert Theatre (left), back-to-back in Shubert Alley

Architect Henry B. Herts designed the Booth and its companion Shubert Theatre as a back-to-back pair sharing a Venetian Renaissance-style façade. Named in honor of famed 19th-century American actor Edwin Booth, brother of John Wilkes Booth, the theater's 783-seat auditorium was intended to provide an intimate setting for dramatic and comedy plays. It opened on October 16, 1913, with Arnold Bennett's play The Great Adventure.

The venue was the second New York City theatre to bear this name. The first, Booth's Theatre, was originally owned by Edwin Booth, and built by the architectural partnership Renwick & Sands between 1867-69 on the corner of 23rd Street and 6th Avenue (see picture, below).

The Booth Theatre appeared in The West Wing episode Posse Comitatus as venue for a fictitious charity performance of War of the Roses which President Jed Bartlet attended during the assassination of the Qumari Defence Minister Abdul ibn Shareef.[1]

The box-office record was broken in 2013 by Bette Midler in I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers with a gross of $753,217 in just seven performances. Midler then broke her own record the week following with a gross of $865,144.[2] The revival of The Elephant Man, starring Bradley Cooper, topped Midler's record by grossing $1,058,547 for an eight-performance week ending December 28, 2014.[3]

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  1. ^ Lee, Stephen (May 15, 2002). "FootnoteTV&#174: The West Wing: Posse Comitatus". FootnoteTV. Archived from the original on January 8, 2009. Retrieved October 20, 2012.
  2. ^ Geier, Thom (May 6, 2013). "Broadway box office: Despite Tony snub, Bette Midler sees a big boost in ticket sales". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 7, 2013.
  3. ^ Hetrick, Adam; Purcell, Carey (November 17, 2014). "The Elephant Man, With Bradley Cooper, Breaks Box-Office Record". Playbill.

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