The area in Manhattan known as Gramercy Park is interesting being both a private park and a neighborhood. Headlining the unique district is the Gramercy Theatre. Just like people who reinvent themselves, the Gramercy Theatre was repurposed several times before becoming a music venue. In the crowded area of Gramercy Park, it is often hard to find parking, but especially so before a show, so it is best to book Gramercy Theatre parking in advance.
The theatre was constructed in 1937 by Charles A. Sandblom, in an art-deco style called Streamline Moderne. This style gave off a feeling of modernity and industrial design. The Gramercy Theatre, as a utilitarian vessel for the desires of the age, suited this style perfectly. It began life as a movie theatre before being purchased by the Cinema V chain in the 1950s, showing art-house films. For a time, it showed second- and third-run movies before closing for a few years. It changed from Hollywood classics to Bollywood, then to off-broadway shows, which suited its capacity of 499 seats. The Roundabout Theater Company owned it from 1999 to 2002, until it closed to become property of the Museum of Modern Art.
Finally, in 2006, it was purchased by LiveNation to become a concert venue. It was known as “The Blender Theater at Gramercy” from 2007-’09, but soon just became the Gramercy Theatre again. Past musical guests include Jay-Z, the Jonas Brothers, Rufus Wainwright, Counting Crows and Huey Lewis & The News. Though the theatre has been repurposed several times, this is probably its best use, and a good place to hang out with friends. Depending on the concert, finding Gramercy Theatre parking may be hard to find, so booking former Blender Theater parking spaces with ParkWhiz is the best way to get to the show.
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