From 2002 to 2007, the theater was renamed the Cadillac Winter Garden Theater as the result of a corporate sponsorship deal with General Motors. The deal expired in 2007 and was not renewed, nor did the ownership seek another sponsor to buy the naming rights.
The Winter Garden is one of the most storied and celebrated venues in all of Manhattan's famous Theater District. It has been the home of many of the all-time best-known shows on Broadway, including the afore-mentioned Cats, which was the longest-running show in Broadway history when it closed in 2000 after 7485 performances. (That record was broken in 2006 by Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera.) Other notable productions in the Winter Garden's history have included Mexican Hayride, Wonderful Town, Westside Story, Carnival!, Mame, Gypsy, Fiddler on the Roof, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Camelot, and 42nd Street, as well as Shakespeare's Othello. Since 2001, the Winter Garden has shown Mamma Mia.
The Winter Garden has served as a cinema twice, from 1928 to 1933 and again in 1945. These have been the only interruptions to its operation as a theater in its history.