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Eltinge 42nd Street Theatre

Architect Thomas W. Lamb designed the Eltinge 42nd Street, which was located on 236 W. 42nd Street. Al Woods built the theatre in 1912 for the popular female impersonator Julian Eltinge. This theatre showcased Somerset Maugham’s East of Suez in 1921 and Murder on the Second Floor, starring Laurence Olivier, in 1929. Clark Gable and Alice Brady starred in the 1930 production of Love, Honor, and Betray. The theatre became a burlesque house in 1931 and later a movie house called the Laffmovie. Renamed again, the Eltinge became the Empire Theatre and in 1998, it was relocated 200 feet from its former location on 42nd Street. It stands today as the lobby and facade of the AMC movie theatre.