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Cort Theatre Information:

Location: New York, New York
Address: 138 W. 48th St.
Capacity: approx 1100
Opened: 1912

The Cort Theatre is one of the oldest venues in all of New York City and was built by John Cort, the general manager of the Northwestern Theatrical Association, which had a number of playhouses along the west coast. The Shuberts acquired the theatre in 1927 and have continued to make it a marquee location to view plays, musicals and comedies.

The look of the theatre enthralled audiences when it first opened in 1912. Featuring Louis XVI architectural elements, the outside of the building boasts intricate marble Corinthian columns while the inside features an ornate lobby with Pavanozza marble staircases and elaborate plasterwork. The performance hall initially held 999 people (which was later expanded to 1,084) and the seating is designed in a wide, U-shaped design that allows everyone in the audience to get a clear view of the stage.

The Cort's opening production remains one of the most intriguing stories in the history of stage performances at the hall. On December 20, 1912, Peg o' My Heart, debuted and lasted for a remarkable 603 performances. The play was written by J. Hartley Manners and starred his wife Laurette Taylor, who became an overnight sensation in the drama world. While the structure of the theatre lends itself well to musical productions, there has been no shortage of dramas and comedies over the years to give audiences an impressive variety of entertainment.

After the initial success of its debut show, the theatre gained a reputation for being a "lucky house," as new productions always seemed to linger much longer than other theatres' shows. The rich history of the Cort featured many big acts over the years, but none as successful as The Magic Show, which allowed the Cort to experience a huge comeback. The show starred magician Doug Henning, who added a unique blend of mesmerizing illusions to the Broadway circuit. It went on to become the theatre's longest-lasting show with an incredible 1,920 performances.

The Cort Theatre has become one of the gems of the Shubert family of theatres and is one of the most visually impressive playhouses in Manhattan. Its rich history and contributions to the arts have made it a favored spot for theatregoers around the world.