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History


   

Town Hall has played an integral part in the electrifying cultural fabric of New York City for more than 90 years. Disclosing a tale of a vibrant group of suffragists (The League for Political Education) whose fight for the 19th Amendment led them to build a meeting space to educate people on the important issues of the day. The Hall was designed by renowned architects McKim, Mead & White to reflect the democratic principles of the League. Box seats were eliminated and no seats had an obstructed view giving birth to the term "Not a bad seat in the house." During completion of the building the 19th Amendment was passed (women's right to vote), and on January 12, 1921 The Town Hall opened its doors and took on a double meaning: as a symbol of the victory sought by its founders, and as a spark for a new, more optimistic climate.

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History


   

Town Hall has played an integral part in the electrifying cultural fabric of New York City for more than 90 years. Disclosing a tale of a vibrant group of suffragists (The League for Political Education) whose fight for the 19th Amendment led them to build a meeting space to educate people on the important issues of the day. The Hall was designed by renowned architects McKim, Mead & White to reflect the democratic principles of the League. Box seats were eliminated and no seats had an obstructed view giving birth to the term "Not a bad seat in the house." During completion of the building the 19th Amendment was passed (women's right to vote), and on January 12, 1921 The Town Hall opened its doors and took on a double meaning: as a symbol of the victory sought by its founders, and as a spark for a new, more optimistic climate.

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The 1920's


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The 1920's


 
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The 1930's


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The 1930's


 
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The 1940's


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The 1940's


 
 
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The 1950's


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The 1950's


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The 1960's


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The 1960's


 
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The 1970's


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The 1970's


February 11, 1973

  Legendary Ladies series launches with Bette Davis Bette Davis appears in the first of the "Legendary Ladies" series dreamed up by veteran film publicist John Springer, the idea - to present great scenes from her greatest movies and then to meet the lady herself. Others that appeared in the series are Joan Crawford, Sylvia Sydney, Myrna Loy, and later, Rosalind Russell and Lana Turner. 

 

Legendary Ladies series launches with Bette Davis

Bette Davis appears in the first of the "Legendary Ladies" series dreamed up by veteran film publicist John Springer, the idea - to present great scenes from her greatest movies and then to meet the lady herself. Others that appeared in the series are Joan Crawford, Sylvia Sydney, Myrna Loy, and later, Rosalind Russell and Lana Turner. 

April 8, 1973

Joan Crawford Live at Town Hall

Joan Crawford makes her last public appearenc in the "Legendary Ladies" at the Movies series. The series presented great scenes from the legends greatest movies and then introduced the lady herself.  To read a transcript of the evening, click here.

The 1980's


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The 1980's


The 1990's


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The 1990's


 

The 2000's


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The 2000's



For Archival Information from 1920 to 1950 please visit The New York Library for Performing Arts, 40 Lincoln Center Plaza, NY, NY. Tel: 212.870.1630.

For 1950 to 1960 please visit the Elmer Holmes Bobst Library at NYU, 70 Washington Square South, NY, NY. Tel: 212.998.2500