Samuel J. Friedman Theatre

Samuel J. Friedman Theatre

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The Friedman opened as the Biltmore in 1925, designed by Herbert J. Krapp and produced by the Chanins. It premiered the comedies The Heiress, My Sister Eileen, and Barefoot in the Park. Legendary rock musical Hair debuted in 1968. The empty Biltmore Theatre fell into disrepair in the late 1980s, plagued by vandals, arsonists, and looters. In 2001, the Manhattan Theatre Club purchased and fully restored the theatre, and it was renamed for press agent Samuel J. Friedman in 2008. Read Full "At This Theatre"
  • Built: 1925
  • Number of Seats: 650
  • Stage Door: To your right as you exit the main 47th St. doors.
  • Bathrooms: Ladies and Men's: Lower-lounge and mezzanine levels, including wheelchair-accessible restrooms. There is a second men's room at the top of the mezzanine level.
  • Concessions: Lower-lounge level, located down one flight of stairs from the orchestra level.

Owner History

Oct 16, 2003 - Oct 31, 2008 Manhattan Theatre Club Theatre Lessee
Jan 1, 2000 - Oct 31, 2008 Biltmore 47 Associates Theatre Owner
Jun 1, 1993 - Dec 31, 2000 Stewart F. Lane Theatre Owner
Jun 1, 1993 - Dec 31, 2000 The Nederlander Organization Theatre Owner
Jan 1, 1992 - Jun 30, 1993 Manufacturers and Traders Trust Company of Buffalo Theatre Owner
Feb 1, 1986 - Dec 31, 1992 Murray Hill Investments, Inc. Theatre Owner
Nov 11, 1980 - May 13, 1984 The Nederlander Organization Theatre Lessee
Aug 10, 1960 - Feb 28, 1986 David J. Cogan Theatre Owner
Oct 19, 1951 - Feb 1, 1962 CBS Theatre Lessee
Oct 19, 1951 - Aug 10, 1960 Irving Maidman Theatre Owner
Jan 1, 1937 - Oct 19, 1951 Bernard Klawans Theatre Operator
Nov 21, 1935 - Oct 19, 1951 George Abbott Theatre Owner
Nov 21, 1935 - Oct 19, 1951 Warner Brothers Theatre Ventures Theatre Owner
Dec 7, 1925 - Nov 21, 1935 Chanin Construction Company Theater Owner