St. James Theatre, one of the Broadway theatres, was founded in 1927 on the site of the former Sardi's restaurant. Its founder was Abraham L. Erlanger, a famous producer and founder of the Theatrical Syndicate. From the very beginning the theatre was named after him—The Erlanger Theatre, but subsequent owners (Abraham L. Erlanger died in 1930) changed its name to St. James Theatre.
At that time St. James was one of the biggest among Broadway theatres. It was constructed by architectural and design company Warren & Wetmore, well-known for constructing The Grand Central Station in 1913. The company has developed a simple exterior—brick facade richly decorated in the style of iron loggia. In addition to decorative frescoes and stucco clothing in the interior, the theatre also owns two balconies, which makes it a very suitable place for musicals.
The most popular plays hosted by St. James in the 20th century were Oklahoma! (1943), Hello Dolly (1964) and My One And Only (1983).
Nowadays St. James goes on to receive special attention and not only from theatrical producers. It was here where Alejandro González Iñárritu shot the main scenes from his film 'Birdman' in 2013.