Applause Booksóone of the primary sources of scripts and theatre books for New York playgoers and theatre professionalsówill close up shop on June 30 after a quarter century in business, it was announced.
Applause Theatre Books, which is located in sub-street-level space at 211 West 71st Street, opened in 1980. Aside from plays, Applause also carries theatrical histories, biographies, criticism collections, scores and general reference book, as well as a full line of film-related publications. It recently reopened, on Nov. 19, 2002, after a renovation.
Beginning March 1, Applause's stock will go on sale.
Applause's exit leaves The Drama Book Shop as the leading theatrical book seller in the city. Currently run by Rozanne Seelen and her nephew, Allen Hubby, the store began in 1917 as a card table run by Marjorie Seligman in the lobby of a Broadway theatre. After 20 years in a second floor space on Seventh Avenue near 47th Street, it moved on Dec. 3, 2001, to more spacious quarters on 40th Street near Eighth Avenue.