Neil Simon Theatre
Designed by Herbert J. Krapp for the real estate mogul Alexander Pincus. The theatre officially opened on 22nd November 1927 as the Alvin Theatre. It was named after producers Alex Aarons and Vinton Freedley, as an amalgam of their first names. The inaugural production at the venue was George and Ira Gershwin's Funny Face, which starred Fred and Adele Astaire. The Nederlander Organization purchased the property in 1977 and rechristened it in honour of the American playright Neil Simon on 29th June 1983. The building was rewarded with New York City landmark status in 1985. During the Great Depression, the venue was used as a radio studio by CBS.