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Posted: 8/15/14 at 1:29pm
So disappointed to see that wonderful Times Square Visitor Center suddenly shuttered. What will happen to the Times Square Ball, the Broadway musical costumes, the displayed Broadway memorabilia and that wonderful Embassy Theatre? Anybody know why it closed? Probably the rent was increased again! It was a nice quiet place to rest while strolling with crowds down Broadway.
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Posted: 8/15/14 at 1:32pm
Everything there (which was not much) was all on loan. So nothing will happen to it. It will be returned to it's owners.
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Posted: 8/15/14 at 1:54pm
It used to be a movie theater. Doubt it will be retained in its current state.It will probably be gutted.
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Posted: 8/15/14 at 1:59pm
It closed because hardly anyone went in there anymore - most of the tenants moved out in 2012 due to a sharp decrease in visitors. It would have shut down sooner but was being used as the entrance to the Actor's Equity building while the regular 46th street entrance was under construction.
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Posted: 8/15/14 at 2:06pm
Hopefully it will be used for something and not just boarded up. They can't demolish it. In 1987, the interior of the Embassy 1 Theatre was designated by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.

http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/7212
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Posted: 8/15/14 at 2:53pm
Not aware it was landmarked. No idea what will happen to it.
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Posted: 8/15/14 at 4:09pm
"Hopefully it will be used for something and not just boarded up."

That seems an unlikely solution given its location.
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Posted: 8/15/14 at 7:47pm
The only free Bathroom in Times Square!
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Posted: 8/15/14 at 7:50pm
the few times I've been in there, there was only a hand full of people in there. The few workers always seemed beyond bored.
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Posted: 8/15/14 at 7:58pm
I thought Seth Rudetsky did his show from there?
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Posted: 8/15/14 at 8:14pm
Seth Rudetsky's "Live On Broadway" show moved out in 2011.
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Posted: 8/15/14 at 8:30pm
Really? No one told me.
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Posted: 8/15/14 at 8:35pm
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I went to Seth's show a couple of times. One: with Doug Hodge and another with Bryan Batt and Seth's bestie (he was in Gods and Monsters).

Susan Haskins (Theatre Talk): "I love children. That's why I work with Michael (Riedel)."
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Posted: 8/15/14 at 8:43pm
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Susan Haskins (Theatre Talk): "I love children. That's why I work with Michael (Riedel)."
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Times Square Visitor Center Gone#14
Posted: 8/15/14 at 8:43pm
It quietly closed over a month ago. I think the fact that no one has made a deal out of it speaks volumes.
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Posted: 8/15/14 at 8:44pm
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This was in the middle of the visitor's center.

Susan Haskins (Theatre Talk): "I love children. That's why I work with Michael (Riedel)."
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Times Square Visitor Center Gone#16
Posted: 8/15/14 at 8:45pm
Years ago, it used to be really good. They had lots of information, brochures, discount coupons, a few vendors with small stands, seating where you could relax for a few minutes, etc. I even remember years ago when you could get tickets for TV show tapings and they even used to have 3 or 4 computers you could use for free web access (those have been gone a while). I was last in there in May and it was a vacant shell with one bored looking guy who basically had no interest in helping anyone with anything. Did all the good stuff leave because people stopped using it or did people stop using it because all the good stuff left? I don't know the answer to that one but I suspect the latter.
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Times Square Visitor Center Gone#17
Posted: 8/15/14 at 9:05pm
Lost its relevance when they stopped giving out twofers

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Posted: 8/15/14 at 9:21pm
The only free Bathroom in Times Square!

The one at the Marriott is significantly nicer.
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Times Square Visitor Center Gone#19
Posted: 8/16/14 at 1:17am
Where is the actual "movie theater" part of it? I'm assuming that part is gone? It's a gorgeous lobby. Maybe they can turn it into a restaurant or some cool bar?
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Times Square Visitor Center Gone#20
Posted: 8/16/14 at 4:32am
The lobby was the theater. It was a small theater amongst its bigger brothers who are now long gone.
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Times Square Visitor Center Gone#21
Posted: 8/16/14 at 12:48pm
I thought Seth Rudetsky did his show from there?

About every other week he comments on his current show Seth Speaks that people keep asking him about it and they haven't been there in 3 years.

As I recall they wanted to use the space for more displays and didn't want to have to set up seats every week for the show . . . they didn't realize that losing that led to a few hundred people stopped coming in at all immediately and it immediately started to decline after.

The gift shop shuttered pretty soon after and it just got sad.
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Times Square Visitor Center Gone#22
Posted: 8/16/14 at 1:03pm
Their touchscreens with interactive history maps were really well-done for that sort of thing.

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Times Square Visitor Center Gone#23
Posted: 8/16/14 at 1:11pm
Why not make it a performance space a la 54 Below.
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Times Square Visitor Center Gone#24
Posted: 8/16/14 at 2:02pm
Oh no. This was the only place I could find free wifi in Times Sq.

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Times Square Visitor Center Gone#25
Posted: 8/16/14 at 2:06pm
I forget when I first went, but it was never interesting in the times I went.
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