Great White Way

Great White Way
   As the clusters of New York theatres moved northward from Fourteenth Street in the 1880s, they reached Times Square in the mid-1890s just when the new electric street lighting began to be supplemented by electric signs. The Astor Hotel at 41st Street claimed to be the world's "most electrified hotel." Illuminated theatre marquees added to the nighttime illumination that around 1900 gave Broadway between 37th and 42nd Streets the epithet "Great White Way" or "the Rialto."
   See also Electricity.

The Historical Dictionary of the American Theater. .

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  • Great White Way — Broadway, in New York City, in the neighborhood chiefly occupied by theaters, as from about 30th Street to about 50th Street; so called from its brilliant illumination at night. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Great White Way — the Great White Way a ↑nickname for ↑Broadway in New York City, which is called this because of the large number of bright lights along it …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Great White Way — Great′ White′ Way′ n. geg sbz the theater district along Broadway, near Times Square in New York City …   From formal English to slang

  • Great White Way — ☆ Great White Way the brightly lighted former theater district in New York City, on Broadway near Times Square …   English World dictionary

  • Great White Way — noun a street in Manhattan that passes through Times Square; famous for its theaters • Syn: ↑Broadway • Instance Hypernyms: ↑street • Part Holonyms: ↑Manhattan * * * noun Usage: usually capitalized G & both Ws …   Useful english dictionary

  • Great White Way, the — the area of New York City where most of the theaters are …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • the Great White Way — US informal + old fashioned : a street in New York City where there are many theaters : broadway Her show debuted on the Great White Way. • • • Main Entry: ↑white way …   Useful english dictionary

  • Great White Way — the theater district along Broadway, near Times Square in New York City. * * * …   Universalium

  • Great White Way — New York City’s theatrical section of Broadway …   Eponyms, nicknames, and geographical games

  • Great White Way — noun the theatre district in New York, situated near Times Square …  

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