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New York City Center Theatre (1923), Manhattan

New York City Center Theatre (1923), Manhattan

The New York City Center (previously known as the Mecca Temple, City Center of Music and Drama,and the New York City Center 55th Street Theater) is a 2,257-seat Moorish Revival theater at 131 West 55th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues in Midtown Manhattan

The New York City Center was designed by architect Harry P. Knowles and the firm of Clinton & Russell and built in 1923. It was originally called the Mecca Temple, by the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, more commonly known as Shriners. The group had previously held their meetings at Carnegie Hall. According to Broadway lore, Carnegie Hall management was disturbed by the amount of cigar smoke generated during Shriners meetings and evicted them

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