St. James Theatre

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St. James Theatre
Erlanger's Theatre
The St. James Theatre, 2006
Address 246 W. 44th St
New York City
United States
Owner Jujamcyn Theaters
Type Broadway
Capacity 1,710
Production Something Rotten!
Opened 1927
Architect Warren and Wetmore
Helen Hayes Theatre (left) and St. James Theatre (right), 2007
The marquee above the St. James Theatre during the run of American Idiot

The St. James Theatre is a Broadway theatre located at 246 W. 44th St. (between 7th & 8th Avenues) in New York City. It was built by Abraham L. Erlanger, theatrical producer and a founding member of the Theatrical Syndicate, on the site of the original Sardi's restaurant. It opened in 1927 as The Erlanger. Upon Erlanger's death in 1930, control of the venue was taken over by the Astor family, who owned the land on which the theatre stood. The Astors renamed it the St. James Theatre.

The theatre was taken over by the Shuberts in 1941.[1] They were forced to sell it to William L. McKnight in 1957 following the loss of an antitrust case. McKnight renovated the St. James and reopened it in 1958. In 1970, McKnight then transferred the theatre to his daughter Virginia and her husband James H. Binger, who had formed Jujamcyn Theaters.

Notable productions with opening dates

Filming location

In April and May, 2013, film director Alejandro González Iñárritu spent 30 days shooting his film Birdman almost entirely within the St. James Theatre and its environs.[3] The film depicts the production of a Broadway show during its preview nights and premiere, and utilizes the theatre's stage, lobby, and backstage areas.



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Coordinates: 40°45′29″N 73°59′17″W / 40.758167°N 73.9880525°W / 40.758167; -73.9880525