Gaiety Theatre, New York

The Gaiety Theatre was a gay male burlesque theater in Times Square, New York City, for almost 30 years until it closed on March 17, 2005. The name on the awning over the entrance was Gaiety Theatre, but it was also called the Gaiety Male Burlesque or the Gaiety Male Theatre in advertisements. It was located at 201 W 46th Street, New York, NY 10036, on the second floor of the building that also housed what was the last Howard Johnson's restaurant in New York City. The Gaiety opened in late 1975 and closed in 2005 and was owned by Denise Rozis, run by both her and her younger sister, Evridiki Rozis. The theater DJ from 1979 until 1986 was the late Terence Foster, who was one of the original dancers. The building has been demolished but was owned by the Kenneth Rubinstein family for many years until it was sold to Jeff Sutton’s Wharton Acquisitions. The Howard Johnson’s restaurant closed later on July 8, 2005, at midnight, after having been open for 46 years. Note that this was not the same Gaiety Theatre that was across 46th Street at 1547 Broadway, which did house burlesque, including Minsky’s for a time during its long history.

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201 W 46th St
New York, NY
10036

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