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Must-See St. George

by Harrison Peck and Christina Parrella, 02/25/2013

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  • St. George Theatre
    35 Hyatt St., 718-442-2900
    Originally constructed as a vaudeville stage and movie palace, the majestic St. George Theatre—with its grand baroque style, gilded balconies, winding staircases and colorful murals—rivaled even Manhattan's most renowned theaters upon its opening in 1929. The St. George shone through the era of the vaudeville and movie show days, attracting top talent like Al Jolson, Kate Smith and Arthur Godfrey. The venue then served as a movie palace from 1938 to 1972, when it closed. The theater remained mostly shuttered for three decades, though it was briefly called into service for the final scene of the Jack Black comedy School of Rock. Then, in 2004, thanks to a very generous donation to a not-for-profit created specifically to save the theater, it received a much-needed face-lift and triumphantly reopened to the public. Living up to its legacy, the St. George Theatre has since welcomed Art Garfunkel, Tony Bennett and the late Joan Rivers to its stage. —HP

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