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Helen Hayes Theatre

240 West 44th Street
(Between Broadway and 8th Avenue)
New York NY 10036
Capacity: 597
Owned by: Second Stage Theatre
Status: Broadway Theatre

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The venue officially opened as The Little Theatre on 12th March 1912. It was originally designed by Harry Creighton Ingalls and built by Winthrop Ames, with John Galsworthy's play "The Pigeon" as its inaugural production. During the 1920s the theatre was re-designed by Herbert J. Krapp to increase the capacity from 300 to 590. The New York Times purchased the building in 1931, converting it to a conference hall under the name of New York Times Hall. In 1979 it was bought by Martin Markinson and Donald Tick and it was renamed in 1983 to the Helen Hayes Theatre to honour the actress, after the previously existing one was demolished in 1982 to make way for the Marriott Marquis Hotel. On 18th April 2015 it was officially announced that Second Stage Theatre had purchased the property. It is the smallest of the Broadway theatres.

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