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Shubert Theatre

The historic Shubert Theatre is a not-for profit arts, education, and community institution serving the people of Connecticut and in particular the City of New Haven. As a public resource, the Shubert presents a wide array of programs to a diverse community. Its programming includes performers representing many cultures, nationalities and varieties of artistic expression. The Shubert also maintains comprehensive education and community outreach programs, from a student series in the theater to master classes and lecture demonstrations in schools and community centers. The Shubert’s Night At A Performance (S.N.A.P.) program makes it possible for families who might not otherwise be able to attend the theater, to come at no cost to them.

Ensuring a Brilliant Future

Today, the Shubert, New Haven is the heart of a thriving downtown neighborhood bristling with alluring restaurants, cafes, shops and museums. The Shubert, New Haven is owned and operated by CAPA, one of America’s most respected theatre managers and producers. In addition to managing the legendary Shubert Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut, CAPA is owner/operator of downtown Columbus, Ohio’s magnificent historic theatres (Ohio Theatre, Palace Theatre, Southern Theatre) and manager of the contemporary Riffe Center Theatre Complex. Now in its 46th year, CAPA is a not-for-profit, award-winning presenter of national and international performing arts and entertainment.

The Sam S. Shubert Theatre

11 Dec 1914

Two years after opening their first Shubert Theatre in New York City, the Shubert Brothers built the Shubert Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut. The playhouse was named the Sam S. Shubert Theatre by Lee and J.J. Shubert for their brother, the founder of the Shubert organization. Designed by New York architect, Albert Swazey, the theatre was built by the H. E. Murdock construction company of New Haven. The Shubert Theatre opened on Friday evening, December 11, 1914 with The Belle of Bond Street. One of the highlights of the evening had comedian Sam Bernard, one of the greatest stars of the time, singing, “Who Paid the Rent for Mrs. Rip Van Winkle When Rip Van Winkle Was Away?” Seats for the opening engagement were priced from 25 cents to $1.50.