Inside the Theatre, the series that documents Broadway’s historic playhouses, continues with the Mark Hellinger Theatre, currently functioning as the home of the Times Square Church.
Originally built as a movie palace for Warner Bros, the Mark Hellinger Theatre opened in 1930 before becoming a legitimate theatre in 1934. Throughout it’s 55 years as a legitimate theatre, the Mark Hellinger ushered in the Broadway debuts of classic musicals including My Fair Lady in 1955 and Jesus Christ Superstar in 1971. Additionally, the theatre was the home of performances from legendary theatre performers including Glenda Jackson and Patti LuPone. In 1989 the Mark Hellinger Theatre was leased to the Times Square Church, which purchased it from the Nederlander Organization in 1991. Nonetheless, it has been painstakingly restored and preserved, making it a singular glimpse into the golden age of Broadway.
Flip through photos of the Mark Hellinger Theatre below: