Located in Greenwich Village, Cherry Lane Theatre is New York City’s oldest continuously running Off-Broadway theatre. The Cherry Lane officially opened to the public in March 1924, but the building was constructed as a farm silo in 1817.
Over the next century, it also functioned as a tobacco warehouse and a box factory before being converted into the Cherry Lane Playhouse by members of The Provincetown Players, a collective of artists and theatre enthusiasts.
The Cherry Lane Theatre became a prominent source for absurdist and avant garde performances, particularly in the 1950s and 1960s. The theatre housed the world premiere of Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days in 1961.
Actress Angelina Fiordellisi bought the theatre in 1996 and authorized a $3 million renovation of the building. The main stage has a 179-seat capacity, and the building also holds a 60-seat studio for experimental works.
From 2016 to 2022, the venue was home to Primary Stages, a nonprofit theatre company that produces work by emerging writers. The film production company A24 bought the Cherry Lane Theatre in 2023.
The Cherry Lane Theatre is nearest to the Christopher Street subway stop on the 1 line; it is also almost equidistant from the Houston Street stop. The nearest bus stop is 7 Av S/Bedford St. on the M20 line.
Popular restaurants near the Cherry Lane Theatre in NYC are Bleecker Street Pizza, La Loteria (Mexican), Boucherie (French), and Snack Taverna (Greek).