You have no idea how many times this native has planned to see a show, enters the building, and then leaves curious about how the owner repurposed the space for art. It’s easy to miss if you find yourself outside of the amazing theatre district during the day. However, if you are a theatre lover, especially of Off Broadway, Off Off Broadway, performance art, and/or avant garde, then we have a fun and artistic scavenger hunt for you. We present the many repurposed theaters in New York City. Happy hunting!
1. The Davenport Theatre
The Davenport Theatre, located at 354 W. 45th Street, is a former firehouse. Though it has been a theatre for 30 years, remnants of its past are found throughout the building and especially in the basement where the restrooms are located. If you look close, you can see a fire ax and ladder. Ken Davenport, Tony-Award winning Broadway and Off Broadway producer was moved as soon as he walked through the doors of the former 45th Street Theatre. “I walked into my theater as a patron a few years ago and remembered thinking . . . I want this. It’s an intimate jewel box just steps away from Times Square where you can see Broadway performers do their thing just a few feet away from you.”