Seven current and former Broadway theatres along New York's West 42nd Street, including the endangered Times Square Theatre, have been removed from a list of sites under consideration for landmark status, according to a report on the DNAInfo website.
Notable on the list is the 1920 vintage Times Square Theatre at 215-223 W. 42nd Street, which has stood empty for more than a decade and has been threatened with renovation for a non-theatrical purpose repeatedly during that time. Plans were announced last summer to use the theatre to house a Broadway 4D project that would immerse theatregoers in a film experience that celebrates the history of Broadway musicals. But New 42nd Street spokesperson Allison Mui recently told Playbill.com that Broadway 4D had withdrawn as a potential tenant. No replacement has been announced.
The decision came at a Feb. 23 hearing by the Landmarks Preservation Commission. Over the years, Landmarking has helped prevent the alteration or demolition of several Broadway theatres, many of which are nearing or have passed their centennials.
However, the LPC decision puts the theatres in no immediate threat. The website quoted LPC spokeswoman Damaris Olivo saying that the theatres were removed from the priority list because they are already subject to other historic preservation requirements.
The other theatres taken off the list are the Lyric Theatre at 213 W. 42nd St. (rebuilt in 1998 as the Ford Center, but newly renamed the Lyric), the Selwyn Theatre (now known as the American Airlines Theatre), the Empire Theatre (now a multiplex cinema), the Liberty Theatre, the New Apollo Theatre (incorporated into the Lyric in 1998) and The New Victory Theatre (the oldest, still-operating theatre in the Times Square neighborhood).