Union Square Theatre

Union Square Theatre
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Photo from 2008; the theatre was on left side of building
Address 1st theatre: 58 East 14th St.
2nd theatre: 100 East 17th St.
New York City
Coordinates 40°44′11″N 73°59′20″W / 40°44′11″N 73°59′20″W / 40.73639; -73.98889
Type Broadway / Off-Broadway
Capacity Unknown / 499
Opened 1870 / 1985
Closed 1936 / January 3, 2016

Union Square Theatre was the name of two different theatres in New York City near Union Square. The first was a Broadway theatre that opened in 1870, was converted into a cinema in 1921 and closed in 1936. The second was an Off-Broadway theatre that opened in 1985 and closed in 2016.

58 East 14th Street

The first theatre with this name in New York City was located at 58 East 14th Street. It opened in 1870 and played a mixture of plays and operettas. [1] It staged Oscar Wilde's first play, Vera; or, The Nihilists. [2] After 1883, it hosted vaudeville as part of the Keith-Albee-Orpheum circuit. In 1921, it was renamed the Acme Theatre and converted into a cinema that eventually showed Soviet films and closed in 1936. [1]

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