Nederlander Organization

The Nederlander Organization, founded in 1912 by David T. Nederlander in Detroit, and currently based in New York City, is one of the largest operators of legitimate theatres and music venues in the United States. Its first acquisition was a lease on the Detroit Opera House in 1912. The building was demolished in 1928. It later operated the Shubert Lafayette Theatre [1] until its demolition in 1964 and the Riviera Theatre, both in Detroit. Since then, the organization has grown to include nine Broadway theatres – making it the second-largest owner of Broadway theatres after the Shubert Organization – and a number of theaters across the United States, including its current Detroit base in the Fisher Building, five large theaters in Chicago, plus three West End theatres in London, England.[2]

Nederlander Organization
FounderDavid Nederlander
New York City, New York
United States
Key people
James L. Nederlander
James M. Nederlander
Joseph Z. Nederlander

Current venues

Broadway theatres

West End theatres

Chicago theatres

Other US venues

Former venues

Former Broadway theatres

Other former venues

Subscription series

In 1993, the Orange County Fair Board purchased the remaining 30 years of Nederlander's 40-year lease on the Pacific Amphitheatre for $12.5 million. The board filed suit against Nederlander in 1995 maintaining that the organization placed restrictive sound covenants in the sale contract that made the venue unusable and therefore eliminated it from competing with the nearby Greek Theatre and Arrowhead Pond.[18]

In January 2014, Nederlander settled a suit with the U.S. Attorney's Office over violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Under the consent decree, Nederlander agreed to make alterations within three-years to nine of its theatres in New York to make them more accessible and pay a $45,000 penalty. The case was one in a series filed by the U.S. Attorney against a number of public venues in the city.[19]

See also


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  2. "About Us". The Nederlander Organization. 2008. Archived from the original on 2009-08-13. Retrieved 2009-08-27.
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  8. Yoshino, Kimi (10 November 2003). "The Pond Has Its Ducks in a Row". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2014-01-31.
  9. Calta, Louis (26 November 1975). "Nederlander Family Adds Alvin to Its Holings". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-08-30.
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  11. "Gang behind the gigs". The Cincinnati Enquirer. 20 September 1998. Retrieved 2013-08-30.
  12. Robinson, Alicia (20 July 2014). "RIVERSIDE: New Fox theater team gets good reviews". The Press-Enterprise. Riverside. Retrieved 2015-11-24.
  13. Schwartz, Arnold (23 March 1963). "Fine Arts Building". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2013-08-30.
  14. Foster, Catherine (24 May 1984). "Transforming the Wang Center from pauper to Prince Charming". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 2013-08-01.
  15. Drake, Sylvie (28 September 1989). "Why the Nederlanders Are Out at Wilshire". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-08-30.
  16. Shirley, Don (16 June 1996). "New Image for Civic Light Opera". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-08-01.
  17. Hua, Thao (9 June 1998). "Verdict Yields to Settlement Over County Concert Site". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2014-01-31.
  18. "Manhattan U.S. Attorney Files And Simultaneously Settles Lawsuit Against Nederlander Organization Covering Nine Of Broadway'S Most Historic Theaters" (Press release). US Attorney's Office. 29 January 2014. Retrieved 2014-01-14.
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