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If you’re looking for a great place to see a show in New York City, look no further than the Gramercy Theatre. This historic venue has been around since the early 1900s and has seen some of the biggest names in entertainment grace its stage.
Whether you’re interested in seeing a concert, a play, or a comedy show, the Gramercy Theater is sure to have something that interests you! In this blog post, we’ll tell you all about this iconic theatre and give you some tips on how to make the most of your visit.
The History of the Gramercy Theatre
Initially named the Gramercy Park Theater, this venue was built in 1937 and designed by architect Charles A. Sandblom in the Streamline Moderne style. You may have guessed by its name that the Gramercy Theater is located in the historic Gramercy neighborhood.
In the 1950s, the theater acted as an ‘art house’ due to its eclectic programme of events and was considered ahead of its time. There were a real mix of shows – from foreign, sub-run mainstream, Disney films, and revivals of favorites. In the early 90s, the building was actually used as an anti-drug agency, and also used as the location shoot for The Fugees music video, ‘Killing Me Softly’.
In 1998, the theater was turned into a 499 seat playhouse to showcase Off Broadway productions, making it the largest in the city. From 2002 to 2004, the theater was used as both a film house and an Off Broadway playhouse before being shut down.
In 2006, music giants Live Nation purchased the building with the intention of turning it into an intimate live music venue. And, this is what you can expect to find there now – intimate live music.
What kind of things can I expect to see at the Gramercy Theatre?
The mix of performances you can expect to find at The Gramercy Theatre is pretty vast. Although a pretty small venue in comparison to others, some incredible performances have been had at this intimate venue. Imagine getting to see Lady Gaga, Kelly Clarkson, Miley Cyrus, Kendrick Lamar or The Jonas Brothers live. Epic, right? Even Jay-Z and Amy Schumer have performed at The Gramercy Theater!
Where in New York City is the Gramercy Theatre?
The Gramercy Theatre is located at 127 E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010, United States.
How Do I Get There From Freehand New York?
We’d usually list plenty of different options for you to get to a destination, but you really won’t need any other options other than to walk from Freehand New York to the Gramercy Theatre as it takes less than 1 minute.
Walk (approx 1 min): Walk south-west on Lexington Avenue towards East 23rd Street, and then right onto East 23rd Street, then, you’re there.