Gerald Schoenfeld Theater


The Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre is a Broadway theatre, which was previously named the Plymouth Theatre, and is located at 236 West 45th Street (George Abbott Way) in midtown-Manhattan. It was renamed in 2005 in honor of Gerald Schoenfeld. The theatre was designed by architect Herbert J. Krapp, with the intention of resembling the Shubert and Booth theatres nearby, designed by Henry B. Herts. The building was then constructed by the Shubert brothers in 1917-18, christened the Plymouth Theatre, and leased to producer Arthur Hopkins. He intended it to be a venue for legitimate plays starring notable actors such as John and Lionel Barrymore. The premiere production was A Successful Calamity, a comedy with William Gillette and Estelle Winwood.
After Hopkins died in 1948, control of the theatre returned to the Shuberts, who still own the property, which was designated a New York landmark in 1987. The 1,080-seat house was renamed after Gerald Schoenfeld, chairman of the Shubert Organization, in 2005.