The Zipper Factory, located at West 37th Street in the midtown fashion district of New York City, suddenly closed after its January 13 performance, sending the producers of Off-Broadway plays, pop and rock musicals, concerts, comedy and other forms of entertainment scurrying for new venues.

Zipper’s owner Lee Z. Davis no offered explanation as to why the venue shuttered, but theatrical sources believe it was a landlord/tenant problem. All ticket refunds are available at the point of purchase.

Some of the artists who have performed at the funky venue include Justin Bond, Our Lady J, Martha Plimpton and Lucy Wainwright Roche, Groove Lily, Joy Behar, Murray Hill and Megan Mullally.

The seven-year-old Zipper also hosted “Margaret Cho‘s The Sensuous Woman” in the fall of 2007; “Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris” from 2006 to 2007; “Here Lies Jenny” starring Bebe Neuwirth in summer 2004; Sarah Silverman’s “Jesus is Magic” in spring 2003; “BETTY Rules” from fall 2002 through spring 2003; and Alan Cumming‘s adaptation of Jean Genet’s “Elle” during summer 2002.

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Along with a cafe, the theater space also had abandoned car seats from vintage cars for people to snuggle into.

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