The Friday 5:
Jeff's 5 Favorite
THE VIVIAN BEAUMONT THEATER AT LINCOLN CENTER
Between the elegant setting of all of Lincoln Center, the huge plate glass windows and the show-specific neon signs, arriving for the show here is like attending the opening of an art installation every single time!
5. BROADWAY THEATRE
|A pristine view of the marquee - all the better because it is|
for a show that never opened Mambo Kings
There's something both modern and retro about the Broadway Theatre marquee. The art deco style up against a modern office building is a reminder of the grand old theater from the past, with a new building wrapped around it.
4. IMPERIAL THEATRE
|The stunning awning is especially beautiful when fully lit.|
Left: An artist's rendering of the "old" Imperial Theatre entrance
Right: The corresponding back of the theatre. The show signs change, but the frame remains.
|Even in broad daylight, the "new" marquee is lovely.|
|See? The back is still the same...|
Over the years, the marquee in front of the Imperial has undergone a transformation, from the "modern" 60-70's style to a more timeless, classic style with lots of lights, and most recently the over-awning HD screen. The back, on 46th Street, hasn't changed a bit.
|Classic twinkling light name + show billboard =|
3. WINTER GARDEN THEATRE
|The matching back is just as iconic|
|Memories: What the theater looked like the first time I saw it.|
Never did make it to the Hawaii Kai
|A lot of the marquee's charm is best experienced at night|
2. THE MUSIC BOX THEATRE
|Its position on 44th Street and Shubert Alley allows for|
A LOT of marquee on a mid-block corner
1. SHUBERT THEATRE