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This website is a gathering place for all the photos and information I have pulled together on the various theatres and movie palaces I’ve been lucky enough to visit and/or work in. It’s not meant to replace the great work done by others with similar websites, rather it focuses on my own photography and presents that along with the information I have about each theatre.
Chicago is home to many historic theatres and boasts a thriving “Broadway in Chicago” production company, formed by the Nederlander Organization in 2000, which programs touring Broadway productions. Chicago has been home to the only resident production of “Hamilton” in the US, outside of New York, since October 2016.
Outside of the historic Broadway and Hollywood theatre districts, the Los Angeles metropolitan area and adjoining counties have an abundance of theatres, and more than their fair share of neighborhood single-screen movie theatres.
Downtown Los Angeles was the site of LA’s first two theatre districts, the first on Main St and the second on Broadway, which is said to pre-date New York’s Broadway theatre district. With 12 movie palaces along a six-block stretch, LA’s Broadway is the largest remaining concentration of theatres and movie palaces in the United States.
The Hollywood theatre district of Los Angeles came about as a result of booming development in the area during the 1910s and 1920s. Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre was the site of the first Hollywood movie premiere and was soon followed by Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, currently home to the largest number of movie premieres in the world.
New York’s Broadway theatre district, nicknamed the “Great White Way”, has been entertaining audiences since the early 1900s. There are some 40 “official” Broadway theatres alongside countless others ranging from small off-Broadway houses, the Lincoln Center, and large even spaces such as Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall.
Texas is the second-largest US state by both area and population. It boasts the fourth largest city in the US (Houston) and the second most populous state capital (Austin). Accordingly, Texas has numerous theatres ranging from grand opera houses through mid-size theatres and small community playhouses.
The UK is home to hundreds of historic theatres, including the oldest continually operating theatre in the English-speaking world. Here we concentrate on historic theatres in Bristol (England) and Edinburgh (Scotland). London theatres will be added soon.
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