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Shubert invested air rights proceeds in suburban KFCs

Theater company has made roughly $50M from selling air rights above its 17 locations
March 12, 2015 10:00AM

The Shubert Organization, one of the biggest landlords on Broadway, has used the proceeds from the sale of the air rights above its landmarked theaters to buy out-of-state bank branches and fast food chains.

In the past seven years, the Shubert Organization has made roughly $50 million from the sale of development rights above its 17 theaters, according to Deadline. Last May, the Shuberts sold the rights above the Majestic Theatre for $17.1 million to Algin Management, the developers of a new residential building at the former location of the Roseland Ballroom.

The purchases are possible due to a quirk in the federal tax code, Deadline reported.

The organization owns a Chase Bank branch and a Bank of America branch in Illinois, as well as banks in Massachusetts and Maryland. Shubert also owns a McDonald’s and a Kentucky Fried Chicken in Atlanta.

Shubert also made some purchases in town last year. In 2014, the organization paid $2.6 million for off-Broadway theater complex New World Stages and and $11.3 million for a warehouse building at 48th Street and Eleventh Avenue. [Deadline via Capital NY] — Claire Moses