Ford's Theater
Ford's Theater

Historic and Thriving

Lisa Mulcahy

Ford’s Theatre: A hallowed past meets a modern aesthetic

As we all learned in grade school, Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC was the unfortunate site of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination on April 14, 1865. Lincoln was attending the comedy Our American Cousin in a box about 12 feet over the stage when he was shot by John Wilkes Booth, a supporter of the Confederacy. What even lots of history buffs don’t know, though, is that the theatre itself has an interesting history.

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Broadway's Hudson Theatre
Broadway's Hudson Theatre

Another Opening Finally!

Michael S. Eddy

Broadway’s Oldest Theater, The Hudson, Returns as Broadway’s Newest Space

Opened in 1903, the Hudson Theatre is Broadway’s oldest space, but has had many different incarnations over its life. It was considered by many as a theatrical and architectural masterpiece and loved by both performers and audiences. The space is distinctive with its unusually large lobby, a triple-domed ceiling, and a system of diffused house lighting. It was transformed into a radio studio in the ‘30s, then a TV studio in the ‘50s, becoming the home for the original Tonight Show in 1954 with Steve Allen. Later, the space was turned into a theatre again, then a club and concert venue, and more recently an event space as a part of the Millennium Hotel. Today it is once more a Broadway theater.

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