The Theatre: Columbia's Playhouse

Studio spectators at a radio broadcast help to create atmosphere with their laughter and applause but often prove a vexing nuisance to producers and performers. When National Broadcasting Co. moved into its elaborate quarters in Manhattan's Rockefeller Center in 1933 it installed a special auditorium where 1,400 broadcasting enthusiasts could be seated without fear of disturbing programs. Last week President Paley of Columbia Broadcasting System followed suit by moving his studio into a regular theatre, the long-vacant Hudson Playhouse, off Broadway, which had been renovated and equipped for broadcasting.

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