Luner on Theatre Will Launch “Theater Thursdays”

broadway-signWe’re very excited to announce a brand new feature and topic coming to our Blog! While Luner on Theatre is known for bringing you theatre news from Broadway to London and beyond, we rarely talk about the actual space where all of this is happening; the theater. That is all about to change. We’re combining our love theater real estate and the power of our blog to bring awareness to this topic we can no longer ignore. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that we are launching a brand new blog series titled, Theater Thursdays!

Theater Thursdays is a brand new blog series created by Luner on Theatre in order to create conversation and educate the general public about the theater houses of Broadway. Thats right, the actual spaces where the magic takes place will be placed in the spotlight as we seek to educate and introduce you to the incredible history behind each of these buildings. We know their names. We know their locations. But do we really know anything about them?

45th_St_theatres_NYCWith there being 40 theaters on Broadway, we’re essentially embarking on a year-long mission to bring you this series solely focused on the theaters of Broadway. So how is this going to work? The series will be a feature once a week. Every Thursday, we will introduce a new theater to you. Within that blog post, you can expect a ton of information on the theater we’re featuring that week. Ranging from the building’s architecture to what current Broadway production it is housing, Theater Thursday seeks to bring you everything you need to know about the Broadway houses and beyond. Just a few other topics you can expect to see in these posts include;

  • Name(s) the Theater has Held
  • Owners (Both Past & Present)
  • Brief Timeline of the Theatre (Origins, Construction, Renovations/Alterations)
  • Notable Productions that Played that Theater
  • Fun Facts you more than likely wouldn’t know!

Luckily for us, we have a vast amount of resources we will be using when researching the theaters of Broadway. Even luckier, we are not the only one willing to promote such a project. Under the helm of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a project titled Spotlight on Broadway was launched seeking to educate the public on the history of Broadway theaters. We look forward to sharing some of what they have taught us already and expanding even beyond!

tumblr_mzi3u9RpAA1r9o2ufo1_400Why talk about theaters? Without the physical theater itself, none of what we do would be possible. It’s as simple as that. However, the Broadway theaters themselves have such a vast history and have seen so much in the time they have existed. Many of the buildings we attend Broadway productions in today are nearing 100 years in age. Some of them have already surpassed that. Some have always been used for theater. Some have had many other occupants during their history. Broadway theaters have seen sell outs and packed houses during the “Golden Age of Broadway” and many of them faced the wrecking ball during the 1970’s and 80’s when the theatre business and New York were more than down on its luck.

Throughout it all though, these buildings have stood and remained not only part of the New York landscape but the ever-changing picture of Midtown and Times Square over the last 100 years. With this series, we hope to develop a respect for these buildings not only for just their historic value but their educational value as well. We have learned, as recent examples in Boston have shown us, when we do not know the worth of our theaters, we leave them in grave danger of being removed from society. Broadway itself has seen its share of destruction (But we’ll get to that later!). Nonetheless, their stories deserve to be told.

Luner on Theatre will officially launch Theater Thursdays next week beginning Thursday October 22nd, 2015! Which theater will be first?! You’ll have to just check out our series and follow along as we take time each week to adjust the spotlight from the stage into the actual theater itself as we thrust Broadway’s 40 theaters into the spotlight. Follow along by checking our Theater Category Weekly for Theater Thursday features. We hope you’ll follow along each week as we explore the similarities and differences that make up Broadway’s 40 houses. Want to know more about a specific theater? Let us know! We’ll not only be sure to answer your question but include that information in the following week’s feature! Check back next week as we officially launch Theater Thursdays here on Luner on Theatre! And of course, check out our site for the rest of the theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!

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4 comments

  • Great idea. Have fun with this.
    Donn

  • anthony biancoviso

    I always look forward to reading the At This Theater piece in Playbill and am disappointed when it is missing. Therefore, I certainly welcome and am looking forward to this project.

    Suggestion: You might consider talking about some of the theaters no longer around. The one that comes to my mind first is the Playhouse (48th and east of Broadway?) where I saw a Saturday matinee of The Miracle Worker. I believe that the evening performance was the last for
    Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke.

    • Hi Anthony,

      Depending on viewership for our Theater Thursday articles, we are already looking into the many theaters of Broadway that have been lost over time and extending this series. We’re glad to hear you are interested and would be willing to read about these as well. Stay tuned and we will keep you updated!

      Chris Luner (Creator of Luner on Theatre)

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