Belasco Theatre in New York, NY
Designed by architect George Keister in 1907 for impresario David Belasco, this theatre showcased style and elegance. The interior contained Tiffany lighting and ceiling panels as well as beautiful woodwork and murals by Everett Shinn, a renown American artist. This theatre also included a ten-room penthouse apartment that David Belasco used for his office and living spaces. It opened its doors on October 16, 1907 and ran its first show, "A Grand Army Man" featuring Antoniette Perry. It features the most advanced stage tools of its time including extensive lighting, hydraulics, and a massive wing of fly space. In 1910 David Belasco attached his name to the theatre officially making it the Belasco Theatre. After Belasco died in 1931, the theatre apartment was leased by actress Katharine Cornell and then playwright Elmer Rice. In 1949 the theatre changed owners and was leased to NBC for 3 years before it returned to its original purpose, Broadway plays. This theatre is also home to an Urban Legend. Over the years people claim to have seen the ghost of David Belasco haunting the theatre. Rather than fear him, it is widely believed that if you see the ghost on your opening night, your show has been blessed.
This historic and authentic theatre is still open to this day. It has featured some of Hollywood's biggest names over the years including Marlon Brando and Neil Patrick Harris. If you are heading up north, consider a stop by Belasco Theatre for an amazing show, and if you are lucky, maybe a glimpse of David Belasco himself!
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