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The Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre opened on Jan. 11, 1927. It was originally named the Royale by real-estate magnates, the Chanin Brothers, as part of a three-theatre complex.
In 1930, the Chanins transferred ownership of all three houses to the Shuberts. During the Great Depression, control of the Jacobs passed to John Golden, who renamed the theatre after himself and ran it from 1934 to 1936. However, the Shuberts regained control in 1936 and restored its name to the Royale. It was renamed the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on May 9, 2005. after the longtime Shubert Organization president.