Lyceum Theater – Exterior and Interior

STATUS Designated Exterior and Interior Landmark

149-157 West 45th Street

ARCHITECT: Herts & Tallant

DATE: 1902-03

STYLE: Beaux-Arts

Beaux-Arts Manhattan Midtown West Theater

Among its important qualities, the Lyceum Theatre is the oldest playhouse in New York City still serving the legitimate stage. During its history many notable actors and actresses have  appeared there. It was designed in the ornate Beaux-Arts style by the noted theatre architects Herts & Tallant. It contains extensive and innovative theatrical facilities, and is visually dramatic, creating a special atmosphere contributing to the excitement of the theatre and recalling an exciting era in American theatrical history.

The significant architectural features of this theatre include a lobby with a vaulted domed ceiling and murals, and an auditorium with an elaborate Beaux-Arts style proscenium arch, carved ornament, and elaborate and handsome ceiling.The arch also has flanking boxes covered by projecting hoods, each adorned with oversize gilded plaster swags and cartouches bearing the monogram “L.” The center of the proscenium arch is crowned by an enormous sculptura  group representing ” Pallas-Arthene, the Goddess of Wisdom, accompanied by Music and Drama.”

STATUS Designated Exterior and Interior Landmark

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