Empire Theater, Manhattan
Address: 234 W 42nd St
Architect: Thomas Lamb
LPC Action: Calendared 1982
LPC Backlog Hearing: Removed from the calendar without prejudice
The Empire Theater was designed by premier theater architect Thomas Lamb in 1912 in the heart of the Broadway Theater District. Lamb designed at least 48 theatres in New York City alone during his career. In 1998, it was moved 170 feet westward and now serves as an entry for a 25-screen multiplex, with the original auditorium converted into a lobby and lounge. The exterior remains intact and features a swath of glazed terra cotta in varying colors, which encrusts an enormous rounded archway, the building’s focal point.