Category Archives: Theatres

Pensacola Historic District: Saenger Theatre

Do you have a Saenger Theatre in your town? Julian and Abel Saenger of New Orleans founded the business with their first theatre in Sheveport in 1911. New Orleans architect Emile Weil designed several of them including the one on … Continue reading

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Along the Thames: Hungerford and Golden Jubilee Bridges

Charing Cross Station is the access point for trains crossing the Thames on the Hungerford Bridge. This bridge was opened in 1864. In 2002, the Golden Jubilee footbridges were opened on either side of the Hungerford. The R. L. Hispaniola … Continue reading

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My friends and I saw STOMP in New York City, 1994. My colleague and I had a conference presentation, and we jokingly said, “anyone wants to go, we’ll give you a ride to the airport with us.” To our surprise, … Continue reading

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The Original Architectural Twin Theatres: Waldorf and Aldwych

Yes, that’s right…before the architectural twins of Hicks Theatre (the Gielgud) and Queen’s Theatre (the Sondheim) were designed and constructed in 1906 and 1907, the Waldorf Theatre opened May 22, 1905 followed by its twin on the other end of … Continue reading

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Architectural Twin: The Queens Theatre

The Queens opened in 1907, an architectural twin to the one on the other end of the block: Hicks Theatre, renamed Gielgud in 1994. See the comparison: One could be excused for thinking “twins?” The obvious similarities are the corner … Continue reading

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The Gielgud Theatre

Next along the row of theatres is the Gielgud on the corner. The Gielgud opened in 1906 as the Hicks Theatre, as it was constructed for Seymour Hicks, a British actor, playwright, and manager. W. G. R. Sprague designed the … Continue reading

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The Apollo Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue

As previously noted, next to the Lyric Theatre–the oldest original building on the theatre street–sits the Apollo, and further down the street on the corner, the Gielgud. The Apollo opened February 21, 1901, with the American musical The Belle of … Continue reading

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The West End: Lyric Theatre

The Lyric, constructed in 1888, was the second theatre to be built on the new Shaftesbury Avenue near Picadilly Circus in London’s West End. The Renaissance style facade is constructed of red brick and Portland stone. Portland stone is mostly … Continue reading

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