Inside the Theatre, the photo feature series that documents Broadway’s historic playhouses, continues with the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.
Playbill’s photo series Inside the Theatre captures the dazzling architecture and unseen details of the world’s most famous theatres, taking you inside all 41 of the Broadway houses.
The Royale Theatre, designed by Herbert J. Krapp, opened January 11, 1927. In 1932, Broadway powerhouse producer John Golden leased the venue and renamed it for himself. Following his departure, the Shubert Organization purchased the theatre and briefly leased it to CBS Radio. In 1940 the playhouse returned to legitimate theatre as the Royale Theatre. On May 9, 2005, the Shubert Organization renamed the theatre after long-time president Bernard B. Jacobs.
Flip through photos of the theatre below:
Step Inside Broadway’s Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre
The Broadway musical Bandstand, the last show in residence at the Jacobs, played its final performance September 17.
Harvey Fierstein, Tony Kushner, Edie Windsor, Lorna Luft, Lea DeLaria, Chita Rivera, Joel Grey, and George Takei were among the activists and artists who made a historic visit to the civil rights landmark.