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Attractions—Theaters & Tickets

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Al Hirschfield Theater
302 West 45th Street
New York,NY 10036
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Al Hirschfield Theater The Martin Beck Theatre (later renamed the Al Hirschfeld Theatre) was opened in 1924 by the famous vaudeville impresario Martin Beck. Amongst his many vaudeville accolades, Martin Beck discovered the illusionist Houdini in 1899 who was performing rudimentary magic tricks in St. Paul, Minnesota. Beck convinced Houdini to focus on his "escape" routines and gave him his start in Beck's chain of Orpheum theaters. The Al Hirschfeld Theatre has a seating capacity of 1,292 for plays and 1,282 for musicals.