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Joyce Theater

2003 Photo from the Scott Neff collection.
175 Eighth Ave
Manhattan (New York) NY 10011
(212) 242-0800

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Record #21733  
Architect(s): Simon Zelnik
Architectural Style(s):
National Register:
Current Organ: none
 Also Known As: Elgin

Information for this tour was contributed by Sheldon Warnock.

The Elgin Theater was designed by architect Simon Zelnik, and constructed circa 1942. Circa 1968, Ben Barenholtz purchased the Elgin.

The world première of Alejandro Jodorowsky's El Topo was at the Elgin, on the night of Friday December 18, 1970 (technically, it probably was Saturday morning). In the late 1970s, the Elgin became a gay porn theatre; eventually, it was shut down.

Circa 1979, Cora Cahan and Eliot Feld purchased the Elgin for approximately $250,000, and established the Elgin Theater Foundation. The Foundation commissioned the architectural firm Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates, LLP and theatre planning/design consultant Fisher Dachs Associates, Inc. to convert the Elgin into a dance performance venue, at a cost of approximately $4 million. In 1982, The Joyce Theater -- formerly the Elgin Theater -- was opened. The Joyce was named after Joyce Mertz-Gilmore, the daughter of one of its foremost supporters, LuEsther T. Mertz.

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July 2003 photos from the Scott Neff collection.

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