ACADEMY OF MUSIC STOCK COMPANY. The Academy of Music Stock Company ( New York, New York) was established August 29, 1910, by William Fox. The Academy of Music, located at 2 Irving Place, next to Tammany Hall, had been devoted to grand opera since its construction in 1867, but it had never competed successfully with the more fashionable Metropolitan Opera House. From 1887 a dramatic house, it was famous only for the run of Denman Thompson's The Old Homestead from 1888 to 1891. The theatre seated 2,100 in an orchestra, two balconies, and a gallery. Fox's "popular-priced" (50 cents top admission) company revived the fortunes of this theatre with a four-year run of productions of older melodramas and comedies staged and played competently by a hard working company.
The Academy of Music Stock Company opened with the David Belasco and Franklin Fyles melodrama The Girl I Left Behind Me and continued six days a week, two shows each day, for ninety-seven consecutive weeks, closing finally for a summer vacation on July 20, 1912. It spent the last month of this run at the nearby Fourteenth Street Theatre, while the Academy of Music was undergoing extensive renovation. On December 2, 1912, the company reappeared at Fox's New Star Theatre on Lexington Avenue, near 107th Street, where it performed until April 1913, when it moved back to the Academy of Music. Throughout the summer of 1913 and into the winter, it continued twelve performances a week, playing a new bill each week to comfortable, occasionally crowded houses. Finally on July 18, 1914, Fox closed the theatre and disbanded the company. Its performance standards had remained high, but, despite good notices and moderate to heavy attendance, Fox could point to only thirty weeks of profitable operations in four years. Reviewers complained of chilly drafts in the winter and of the immobile, sharply scented air in the summer, but they seldom complained that the acting was inept or unrehearsed. Furthermore, the Academy carpenters set a high standard for scenic splendor as they adapted piles