The History of St. George Theatre:


One of the main attractions on the North Shore of Staten Island is the St. George Theatre. The St. George Theatre is a major performing arts venue. This staple venue was built in the year of 1929 on December 4th. It is an arts venue, picture palace and office complex located at 35 Hyatt Street. This 2 million dollar theater can hold up to 2,800 people and is a must see place while in Staten Island.

In 1928, construction first began. Following the construction this theatre had its fair share of owners and shows that were shown during their time. Solomon Brill, who operated six other theatres on the Island and in the wider New York region, had the theater constructed for him. He pledged to bring world-class entertainment to the borough for 75 cents a ticket and envisioned the St. George as a show house to compete with Manhattan's movie palaces. Within three years, Brill sold the theater to William Fox, the founder of 21st Century Fox and Fox Television Stations. In the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, the St. George Theatre served as the flagship location for the movie theater company Fabian Theatres on Staten Island. The Fabian chain was dismantled in the late 1960s; the theater was run by the former general manager of Fabian until 1975.


The theater was leased to Victoria Theatres of Staten Island when that business left. These young business people intended to bring theater back to its roots by fusing live stage performances and concerts with motion pictures. The St. George stage was used as a presentation stage rather than as a foundation for its enormous movie screen for the first time since the 1950s. The St. George Theatre stopped operating as a movie theatre in 1978. There have been several unsuccessful attempts to reopen it as a dinner theatre, nightclub, and antiques gallery. It was hired by neighborhood dancing studios, for their annual recitals between the mid-1990s and the early 2000s. More than a thousand performances have actually occurred there since the theater reopened in June 2004. The theatre was closed in the middle of 2017 for a $5.2 million, lengthy refurbishment to upgrade the mezzanine seats and an added LED marquee.

Some of the events that are displayed at the St. George Theater are national tours, musical concerts, dance performances, comedy shows, and many more. This lavish theater is covered in different Spanish and Italian paintings all throughout. Some upcoming events at the theatre include the Christmas Show, Singalongs, The Nutcracker and so many more to check out when you need something to do. The St. George Theatre is definitely a place that you must visit.


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