7. Bijou Theater

Bijou Theater. Photo from NYPL Digital Collections via Wikimedia Commons.

Bijou Theater, the smallest of the Shubert theaters was designed by Herbert J. Krapp and was built in 1917 on Forty-fifth Street. While the theater mostly showcased plays by writers like Anton Chekhov, Henrik Ibsen, and Sacha Guitry, it was one of three theaters that premiered the musical Fancy Free.

Emerging from its comfort zone once again in 1950, it showed one film, Cyrano De BergeracA year later, Bijou Theater became a CBS radio station and was later renamed D.W. Griffith Theater to showcase art films. The theater took up the name Bijou Theater once again in 1965 until was torn down in 1982 for the Mariott Marquis Hotel.