re: 100% Occupancy ... Ever?
Posted by: keikekaze 05:06 pm EST 02/16/24
In reply to: 100% Occupancy ... Ever? - ruff24 10:50 am EST 02/15/24

I think it's highly likely that there were times in the past, probably between the Twenties and the early Sixties, when every Broadway theater was either occupied or had a new tenant firmly booked for the current season. I think this because there used to be a practice called interim booking, whereby an incoming show (Show A) would take a Broadway theater that had already booked another tenant (Show B) that would be coming in during the next two or three months. The producers of Show A were taking the chance that Show B would close out of town, or that something else already on Broadway would close soon and Show A would be able to move over to that theater before Show B came in. If neither of those things happened, Show A would have to close when Show B came in. I don't know why anyone would take that risk if there were even one other house sitting empty and available on Broadway.

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