A Walking Tour of the Theater District
Architecture -- History -- Interesting Pictures and Stories
A Walking Tour of the Past and the Present
at southeast corner of W. 54 St. and Broadway
About 2 hours long, or a : 3 hour version or a 4 hour version
The tour guide is Alfred Pommer a college graduate, an informative native New Yorker, an author of four Manhattan guide books and a Licensed New York City guide,
with over 27 years experience researching, creating and & leading walking tours in Manhattan's many diverse neighborhoods.
The Walking Tour The Theater District's Past and Present Features:
Information about the history and architecture of the
theater district along with interesting pictures and stories
that join us with the neighborhood’s past
four hour walk through Times Square, The
Theatre District, Duffy Square,
to the original ‘Actors’ Studio
and into part of the old ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ neighborhood - I will discuss
architecture & history and provide information about some of the more famous
theater owners, broadway producers
& stars connected to the original broadway theaters.
For the 2 hour tour each participant is given an itinerary with 21 stops including 14 New York City landmarks and 3 national landmarks.
For the 3 hour tour each participant is given an itinerary with 30 stops including 11 New York City landmarks and 5 national landmarks
For the 4 hour tour each participant is given an itinerary with 44 stops including 26 New York City landmarks and 5 national landmarks
Each stop is
Some highlights of the 2 hour tour are:
- Ed Sullivan Theater
- The Embassy 1 Theater - now Times Sq. Tourist Information Center
- The Victory Theater - now The New Victory Theater
- The Brill Building "Tin Pan Alley"
- The best known address on Broadway - actually second to the Brill Building
- A theater that started as The American Horse Exchange
- Jack Dempsey's Corner
- Times Square Church originally a movie palace built in 1929, then a Broadway theater
- “George M. Cohan” actor, producer, director and the only song writer awarded the Congressiona Medal of Honor for a song
- “Father Francis P. Duffy” the hero priest portrayed in the movie "The Fighting 69th"
- The Cort Theater, "let them eat cake"
- Church of Mary the Virgin, the first church in the world built on a steel frame
- Statues of: "Ethel Barrymore" -- "Marilyn Miller" -- "Mary Bickford" -- "Rosa Ponselle"
- The first “Fame” High School of Performing Arts
- Originally was: The Lambs Club
- The Town Hall Theater, built by a group of women as a forum to educate men and women on political issues
- The site of the Studebaker Building (a picture of it) and information about automobile manufacturing right here on Longacre Square
- The original Paramount Theater Building
- Site of Woody Guthie's first New York address where he wrote "This Land is Your Land"
- David Belasco and the Belasco Theatre
- The site where Eugene O’Neil was born
- One Times Square
- originally The Knickerbocker Hotel
- The Frohman Brothers and the Theatrical
Syndicate and the Lyceum Theatre and more
Stops included on the 3 hour tour and you
will find out about:
- The New Amsterdam Theater
- The Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church
- The oldest functioning Broadway theater, was where "The World's Most Beautiful Woman" appeared on stage
- The New York Actor's Studio, originally a church from 1858
- New Dramatist, theater, readings, workshops and much more for playwrights
- originally: The Martin Beck Theater from 1924
- "The Unorthodox Masterpiece"
- The Film Center Building
- The Shubert Brothers and The Shubert Theater and The Booth Theater
Stops included on the 4 hour tour and you
will find out about:
Interested in a Private Walking Tour" ?
A walk through a part of ‘Hells kitchen’
Optional: originally The Church of St. Benedict the Moore from 1869, converted to St. Benedict's Church in 1890
- The Barrymore Theater
- Irving Berlin's "Music Box Theater"
- originally the Globe Theater
- Hotel Edison and a beautiful Art Noveau mural by Ezra Winter
- The Eugene ON'eil Theater
- The site where Bat Materson died
- The site where "the meeting place of the world" was located, Jack Dempsey
- St. Malachy's Church also known as "the actor's chapel"
- Congregation Ezrath Israel known as: "The Actor's Temple"
- The site where the third Madison Square Garden was located, where President John F. Kennedy had his 45th birthday party and more
- A theater that is styled after a 15th Century Tuscan Villa.
- A 19th century Beaux Arts courthouse converter to a cultural center with 4
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