Lunt-Fontanne Theater


The Lunt-Fontanne Broadway Theatre is located at 205 West 46th Street in midtown-Manhattan.

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Lunt-Fontanne Theater was designed by the architectural firm of Carrere and Hastings, it was built by producer Charles Dillingham and opened as the Globe Theatre, in honor of London's Shakespearean playhouse, on January 10, 1910 with a musical entitled The Old Town. Although it was situated on 46th street with a grand Beaux-Arts facade, it also had a small entrance on Broadway between 46th and 47th Streets. Most of the Globe's early shows were dramatic plays, including two revivals of La Dame aux Camélias. In the late teens and 1920s, the focus shifted to musicals.
The original design and construction called for the ceiling and the roof 20 feet above it to roll back to reveal starlight and keep the theatre cooler in summer. No other Broadway theatre had such a design. There is no record of it ever actually opening. Other innovations included seats being individually cooled by ice or heated by hot air from vents underneath.
In the 1930s, the Globe was converted into a movie house operated by the Brandt chain. City Playhouses Inc. (which consisted of developers Robert W. Dowling and William Zeckendorf) bought Lunt-Fontanne Theater in 1957 and had the firm Roche and Roche gut renovate it. Major changes were made, including the removal of the second balcony level, the Broadway entrance, and much of the original decor. It was rechristened the Lunt-Fontanne in honor of Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne and reopened on May 5, 1958 with Friedrich Dürrenmatt's The Visit, starring the distinguished theatrical couple. The Lunt-Fontanne Theater, which seats 1,415, is currently owned by the Nederlander

Lunt-Fontanne Theater Trivia & Facts
The Little Mermaid closed to make room for The Addams Family. The Theatre was home to Smile, the "lost" musical of Marvin Hamlisch and Howard Ashman, which closed after 48 performances.The Theatre's lobby was painted with all the names of those who traveled on the Titanic, during the Titanic:The Musical 's run at the theatre.
To date, Disney's Beauty and the Beast is the theatre's longest running show since its opening. However, it did not spend all 13 years at the theatre, but the last 9.
To make room for The Little Mermaid, Disney decided to close Beauty and the Beast at this theatre.

Famous past Lunt-Fontanne Theater productions
1918: Ziegfeld Follies
1920: George White's Scandals
1925: Aren't We All?; No, No, Nanette
1928: She's My Baby with Clifton Webb as Clyde Parker
1931: The Cat and the Fiddle
1958: Goldilocks
1959: The Sound of Music
1962: Little Me
1964: Ben Franklin in Paris
1965: Skyscraper
1966: Walking Happy
1967: How Now, Dow Jones
1970: The Rothschilds
1972: Ambassador
1973: 6 Rms Riv Vu
1974: The Sunshine Boys
1979: Beatlemania
1980: Peter Pan
1981: Sophisticated Ladies
1986: Smile (musical)
1997: Titanic
1999: Beauty and the Beast
2007: The Little Mermaid
2010: The Addams Family