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Theater District The Highlights
The Theater District is an area in Midtown Manhattan where most Broadway theaters are located, as well as many other theaters, movie theaters, restaurants, hotels and other places of entertainment. It extends from West 40th Street to West 54th Street, from Sixth Avenue to Eighth Avenue, and includes Times Square. It also contains recording studios, record label offices, theatrical agencies, television studios, restaurants, Duffy Square, Shubert Alley and the Brill Building. The Theater District first began attracting theaters and restaurants to the neighborhood after the Metropolitan Opera House moved to West 39th Street and Broadway in 1883. Over the years since then, the district has been referred to by New Yorkers simply as "Broadway.” By the 1970s, the 42nd Street area in the district had become quite run-down and seedy—with the opening of a number of X-rated movie houses, peep shows, and so-called grind houses operating there—and was even considered a rather dangerous place to venture into by most New Yorkers. The entire area was later greatly revitalized by the City in the 1990s, with the closing of most of those businesses, and with an array of new businesses being attracted in, most notably The Walt Disney Company.
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