Theatre District, New York


Theatre District, New York

Coordinates: 40°45′24″N 73°59′11″W / 40.75659°N 73.98626°W / 40.75659; -73.98626

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Five Broadway theaters on West 45th Street

The Theater District is an area in Midtown Manhattan where most Broadway theaters are located, as well as many other theaters, movie theaters, restaurants, hotels and other places of entertainment. It extends from 40th Street to 54th Street, and from west of Sixth Avenue to east of Eighth Avenue, and includes Times Square.[1] The Great White Way is the name given to the section of Broadway which runs through the Theater District.

Theater Row, an area on 42nd Street from Ninth Avenue to Eleventh Avenue, which contains many Off- and Off-Off-Broadway theaters, may be considered to be an extension of the Theater District, although it is not officially a part of it.

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Notes
  1. ^ The City of New York defines the "Theater Subdistrict" for zoning purposes to extend from 40th Street to 57th Street and from Sixth Avenue to Eighth Avenue, with an additional area west of Eighth Avenue from 42nd Street to 45th Street. (See this 2008 city zoning document from the City Planning Commission, "Special Purpose Districts", especially page 190, "Appendix A, Map 1", and page 127 "81-70 Special Regulations for Theater Subdistrict".) Probably more appropriate for the purpose of defining the district is this interactive map from the Times Square Alliance, a Business Improvement District organization dedicated to improving the Theater District. Their definition of the district is an irregular area from 40th Street to 53rd Street from east of Sixth Avenue to west of Eighth Avenue. This area has been extended for the purposes of this article to 54th Street to include Studio 54, which is at the time of this writing (2008) a Broadway theater.
Further reading
  • Bianco, Anthony (2004). Ghosts of 42nd Street: A History of America's Most Infamous Block. New York: HarperCollins Books, ISBN 0-688-17089-7. A detailed history that focuses primarily of the Times Square Theater District from the beginning of the 20th century through its successful revival/restoration in the late 20th Century.
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