Report: Dodgers Eyeing Movie Complex for OB Theatre

News   Report: Dodgers Eyeing Movie Complex for OB Theatre Not to be outdone by the Shuberts, who are constructing a new Off-Broadway theatre in the heart of Times Square, the Dodgers appear to be having the same idea. The New York Post reports (Jan. 11) that the producing organization is in talks to take over Worldwide Plaza Cinemas and turn it into a theatre complex, including offices, rehearsal space and commercial, 499-seat Off-Broadway theatre.

Not to be outdone by the Shuberts, who are constructing a new Off-Broadway theatre in the heart of Times Square, the Dodgers appear to be having the same idea. The New York Post reports (Jan. 11) that the producing organization is in talks to take over Worldwide Plaza Cinemas and turn it into a theatre complex, including offices, rehearsal space and commercial, 499-seat Off-Broadway theatre. The Dodgers declined comment to the Post, and their spokesperson, Adrian Bryan-Brown, echoed that no comment to Playbill On-Line, on the report that the 50th Street movie house, which closed down a year ago, would eventually go legit. Producer and theatre owner Ben Sprecher told the Post he had looked into building a theatre in the space, which years back had been a Zeckendorf Realty property, but he found that the current building's configuration would require raising "millions and millions" for a "complete internal gut renovation."

— By David Lefkowitz