We can hardly believe it's been so long! 15 years ago The New 42nd Street brought innovation and imagination to this famous block and created The New Victory Theater. The New Victory's renovation and restoration began in August of 1994, lasting for 16-months and costing $11.4 million. On December 11, 1995, the official dedication of the New Vic to New York's children and families was made - a clear 180 degree shift from its seedy recent past (ahem...as a XXX movie house). During our 15th birthday month, we thought we'd share some little-known memories from over the last decade and a half!
|Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey in Eternal Sunshine|
-If you look closely on the chair frames and upholstery as well as on the mezzanine and balcony facades, you will see bees. The bees are for David Belasco, the famous theater impresario and manager of The New Victory from 1902-1910. There are 31,566 bees inside the theater. A number of years ago we had an apprentice count them all!
-The famed, scandalous and long-dead actress, Mrs. Leslie Carter, has graced us with her ghostly presence since our opening and given many a visiting artists a fright!
|Does the elevator look familiar? |
Diane Keaton and Woody Allen in Manhattan Murder Mystery