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The New Victory Theater is an off-Broadway theatre located at 209 West 42nd Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues, in Midtown Manhattan.

In 1990, New York City, together with the State of New York, jointly took possession of the The New Victory Theater. In 1992, it was one of seven 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 and operate three projects: The New 42nd Street Studios, The Duke on 42nd Street and
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 Hugh Hardy of 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 New York's first theater for kids and families. Its programming includes: theatre, concerts, dance, circus arts, and puppetry from around the globe. Upon its reopening, it became the oldest operating theater in New York City. The New Victory Theater's Education programs are committed to creating ever-widening avenues of opportunity for young people, their families and teachers to grow professionally and personally through the arts. These programs include: The New Victory Education Partnership Program , which subsidizes ticket costs to $2 per student and offers pre and post-performance workshops in schools; New Vic in the Classroom, which runs classroom workshops and in-school residency programs; New Vic Studio, where Teaching Artists teach skills inspired by the current production to families; and The New Vic/New 42 Youth Corps. The Youth Corps is made up of two programs, The Usher Corp and The New 42 Apprentice Program, both of which provide paid part-time jobs to students in high school through graduate school.
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.
In 2010, The The New Victory Theater. 42nd Street Gala will present Bill Irwin with the first ever New Victory Arts Award, in recognition of his monumental work introducing children to the arts.