Outside of the Samuel J. Friedman theatre in Times Square New York City

Samuel J. Friedman Theatre

About

Originally named the Biltmore, this theatre opened on December 7, 1925 with the play Easy Come Easy Go. With a seating capacity of 903, it was one of Broadway’s smaller venues.  The theatre was used by Federal Theatre’s Living Newspaper project in the 1930s. CBS leased it for use as a radio and television studio from 1952 until 1961. In 1968, the groundbreaking rock musical Hair opened at the theatre. In 1987, a fire struck the Biltmore. The blaze, which was later determined to be an act of arson, destroyed the interior. After the fire, the building sat vacant for fourteen years, suffering more structural damage from water and vandals. The theatre’s ownership changed hands several times between 1987 and 2001.

In 2001, the property was purchased by the Manhattah Theatre Club as a permanent home for its productions. The Biltmore’s landmarked features, such as the proscenium arch, dome, staircases and a vaulted second-floor gallery, were restored or replicated.  The theatre was renamed the “Samuel J. Friedman Theatre” in a dedication ceremony held on September 4, 2008. The new name honors Broadway publicist Samuel J. Friedman.

Location

Address

261 W 47th St
New York, NY 10036

Cross Streets: W 47th St & 8th Ave

Amenities and Accessibility

Wheelchair accessible restrooms located on the lower and mezzanine levels
Elevators and escalators are available to all levels
Theatre entrance is level to the street
Wheelchair seating available
Pay phones and water fountains are located on the lower and mezzanine levels
Air conditioning
Assistive Listening Devices available upon request