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National Theatre Prime real estate, dark nights

Like the Lincoln Theatre, National Theatre doesn’t get the treatment its historic building deserves. Unlike the Lincoln Theatre, the National’s private ownership has shielded it from too much public outcry. For 30 years, the Broadway-based Shubert Organization ran the downtown theater, which, despite its prime location, sat oddly dark while the Kennedy Center ran laps around it. That’s a cold fact that didn’t escape its owner’s attention—at least not judging by the enthusiasm with which the Quadrangle Corporation dropped Shubert when its contract expired in September. Now, two companies, Chicago’s JAM Theatricals, Ltd., and Philadelphia’s SMG, are running the joint. Let’s hope that spells new artistic ventures for the downtown house, since even the most philistine theatergoers probably tired of Jersey Boys one or 45 tours ago.

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