Union Square Theatre

14th Street / NYC


Theatre photo courtesy of Wayne S. Turney
(Since the poster is advertising "The Two Orphans," this dates the photo as 1904.)

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Union Square Theatre (New York) Briefly one of the most famous of New York theatres, it was situated in the middle of the block between Broadway and Fourth Avenue, on 14th Street, part of the old Morton House. H. M. Sims designed the house for Sheridan Shook, who opened it in 1871 as a variety theatre. When vaudeville failed to attract, he turned over management in 1872 to A. M. Palmer, who established a fine stock company there, and for the next eleven years the house vied with those of Daly and Wallack in prestige. While the other two were best known for comedy, the Union Square enjoyed most of its great successes with the romantic dramas of the time. Among the theatre's major hits, all French in origin, were Sardou's Agnes, Clara Morris in Camille, and The Two Orphans. After Palmer moved his company farther north in 1883 the house's reputation began to fade. Destroyed by fire in 1888, the theatre was rebuilt, but the heart of the theatre district had moved away, and before long the theatre was again a vaudeville house. It was later home to burlesque and to films. The shell of the old theatre, complete with stagehouse, remains on the site. (It is not to be confused with an Off Broadway house, also called the Union Square Theatre, located on 17th Street.)

Programs from this theatre:

Lights O' London (1882)


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