Playbill’s new 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 Hudson, which originally opened in 1903, became one of Broadway’s most sought-after smaller theatres, ideal for plays. The Hudson’s bookings declined in the late 1940s, and it was used off and on as a television studio until it played its final Broadway performance April 20, 1968. Thereafter, it was used as a cinema and a disco until, faced with possible demolition, it was landmarked by the City of New York in 1987. The playhouse was purchased by a hotel developer who incorporated it into a new hotel, now known as the Millennium Broadway, and used as a conference center and occasional comedy club.
Flip through photos of the theatre below:
Look Inside the Newly Renovated Hudson Theatre
The theatre was leased by the London-based Ambassador Theatre Group in 2015 and extensively refurbished, including new state-of-the-art seating, expanded women’s washrooms and dressing rooms, as well as significant upgrades to the theatre’s backstage and technical capabilities.
All 41 theatres on Broadway will be documented by Playbill over the next several months, providing an up-close view of the historic and modern playhouses that have been home to legendary performances and productions. From the exterior marquees, to the box offices, auditoriums, balconies, and lounges—as well as often-overlooked architectural details—flip through the images and step into Broadway history.