Built at the behest of Oscar Hammerstein Senior, and designed in 1899 by architect Albert Westover for Oscar Hammerstein, the New Victory Theater opened as the Republic Theatre on September 27 1900 with Lionel Barrymore in the play Sag Harbor.
In 1910, when Belasco renamed his Stuyvesant Theater on West 44th Street for himself, the name Theater Republic was reinstated. Its most famous tenant was Abie's Irish Rose, which ran for 2327 performances between 1922 and 1927.
It became a movie house called the Victory in 1942 . The neighborhood gradually disintegrated, and by the 1970s it was one of several porn palaces lining the street.
The City and State of New York took possession of the Victory in 1990. In 1992, it was one of six 42nd Street theaters to fall under the protection of The New 42nd Street, Inc., a not-for -profit set up to oversee the redevelopment of these historic theaters.
The Victory was the first theater to be restored in an effort to revitalize 42nd Street and Times Square, and between 1994 and 1995 it underwent an $11.4 million renovation headed by the architectural firm of Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates. The restoration replaced the double staircase on the exterior that had been removed by Minsky, and returned the rest of the theater to the way it appeared during the Belasco era.
On December 11 1995, the refurbished theater, renamed The New Victory Theater, opened as a venue for family entertainment, including concerts, dance recitals, circus performances, and puppetry, and educational programs.
In 2005, the theater was among 406 New York City arts and social service institutions to receive part of a $20 million grant from the Carnegie Corporation, which was made possible through a donation by New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Harlem-based Batoto Yetu's in Full-Length Production of The Mukishi (An Ensemble of African Dance) at the New Victory Theater
Sep 13, 2000; Thomas, Don New York Beacon, The 09-13-2000 Harlem-based Batoto Yetu's In Full-Length Production Of The Mukishi (AEnsemble Of...