The Columbia Burlesque was designed by William McElfatrick, one of the most prolific theater architects of the late 19th through the early 20th centuries. Sort of Thomas Lamb of his day. A re-design of the theater was carried out by Thomas Lamb when the Columbia became known as Loew's Mayfair.
I was walking by the demolition site the night before Thanksgiving and I decided to investigate. I found a small hole in the wall. Aren't we lucky to be living in an age where most of us have a camera at all times? The souvenir store did not use the entire space. What we are looking at, I believe, is the downstage edge of the stage and where the orchestra pit would have been and the orchestra section of seating would have begun. I tried to get in there the next day but there was no one there on Black Friday. However, I knew that with the help of the iPhoto, I would get something usable.
I pointed my phone as best I could to the left so I could get what I believe is the stage. It is not unreasonable to think that we are looking at the stage right wing space through the proscenium opening. Or what is left of it. That yellow machine is a small bulldozer type thing. The machine's arm (for lack of better term) is resting on what could be the proscenium arch structure and the vertical channel for the smoke pocket used with the fire curtain.
There is a bit of an incline going up to this area. Does this mean that the area with the mini bulldozer, the area I believe to have been the stage, somewhat elevated? If I ever get down there . . . but it may too late. Goodbye Columbia Burlesque, while New York reinvents itself again, as you fade away into the memories of fewer and fewer, along with the careers of those who tread your boards.