Coliseum Cinemas

4260-4261 Broadway,
New York, NY 10033

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jordanlage
jordanlage on May 26, 2014 at 12:04 pm

Anyone know of a former small theater that may have been located on the north side of West 187th St. between Cabrini Blvd. & Fort Washington Ave.? A deli is now in that space. Looks like it could have been a former theater. Just curious.

guarina
guarina on May 25, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Tinseltoes, That was on my birthday. That was the last winter we lived in New York. We moved south in March.

RobertR
RobertR on May 25, 2012 at 2:34 pm

I never knew the neighborhood run was that rigid on one week playdates on the first tier. I guess when pictures still had strong legs the second and third tier really benefitted.

guarina
guarina on May 25, 2012 at 11:06 am

Yes, thanks. Sal Mineo in “Rebel without a Cause” reminded me of him.

guarina
guarina on May 25, 2012 at 10:04 am

I saw “Giant” there with Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean and Sal Mineo early one February, there was a heavy snowfall and Broadway was blocked. It was James Dean’s last movie. Can somebody tell me who played the younger boy in “Knock on Any Door” with John Derek?

RobertR
RobertR on May 23, 2012 at 10:56 pm

There are no cinemas close and still they cant make it?

guarina
guarina on April 25, 2012 at 4:51 am

I remember the RKO Coliseum from 1951 and it was still going strong in 1957.

Saturn5Dad
Saturn5Dad on April 19, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Or, on Facebook, join us at:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/ColiseumArts/

Saturn5Dad
Saturn5Dad on April 19, 2012 at 4:33 pm

Website for folks interested in saving the Coliseum has changed – now please go to http://www.ColiseumArts.org! Thanks!

jmegraw
jmegraw on January 14, 2012 at 3:07 pm

I blogged at NYPL about the Coliseum’s Vaudeville days with pics mostly from the 1920s.

LuisV
LuisV on January 11, 2012 at 8:43 am

There is a meeting on saving this historic theater on Thursday, January 12th….details in the article below which appeared in today’s DNAinfo.com:

WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — When the Coliseum Theater, Manhattan’s oldest operating movie theater, silently closed its doors at the end of 2011, rumors of big box and drugstores replacing the 92-year-old space began to swirl uptown.

Fear that the theater would soon become a J. C. Penny’s — a rumor that turned out to be false, local leaders said — ignited interest in turning the theater into an uptown arts space for the countless artists that call Upper Manhattan home, but have few options to show their work.

Sources said the 3,500-seat movie theater built in 1920 closed because of financial problems. The historic movie palace had most recently closed down in 2002, but reopened in 2004.

With the theater’s history in mind, “Save the Coliseum” movement by a group now tentatively called the Washington Heights Arts & Movies (WHAM) formed in late December, and has now grown to more than 300 since its Dec. 21, 2011 launch.

“Let’s find a way to save and restore this faded treasure. Or make it into something even MORE wonderful. Hey, it can’t be as hard as saving The High Line,” Washington Heights dad Jeff Hoppa wrote on a Facebook page he created for residents to discuss the future of the site.

Within days the site was popping with ideas from residents on what the site could become. Now the group plans to meet to discuss how to make it a reality on Thurs., Jan. 12, at 8 p.m. at Le Cheile, 839 W. 181st St.

Uptown writer and Washington Heights resident Melissa Fendell Moschitto, 31, was the first to post about the closure on local blog Hudson Heights Gazette when she lamented the closure of the only movie theater above 125th Street in Manhattan.

She said she hoped to see the space reopen as a cultural meeting place for the countless uptown artistic treasures she has come to know in the more than seven years she has lived near the Coliseum. “We’re at a unique time where there have been a lot of performances uptown and the community is responding to it,” she said. “We want our own BAM,” she later added referring to the Brooklyn Academy of Music, which is billed as “the home for adventurous artists, audiences, and ideas.”

Saturn5Dad
Saturn5Dad on December 21, 2011 at 2:20 pm

https://www.facebook.com/groups/156753344429112/edit/?description#!/groups/156753344429112/

jsm360
jsm360 on December 20, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Change status of this theater to closed. Walked by it the other day and its deserted, so are some of the adjoining stores..if the JC penny rumor is factual, just a matter of time before the remaining stores will have to vacate. Sad indeed..very sad :(

Ace
Ace on November 26, 2011 at 5:24 pm

Yes, the Coliseum has been closed for a week or two now, and I’d also know like to know what’s going on, if anybody knows. Is it a temporary closing like back in ‘09, or is it closed for good?

Saturn5Dad
Saturn5Dad on November 9, 2011 at 2:43 pm

I hear this theater may close for a JCPenny – ack! My son saw his first movie here. Any movie house restoration angels with deep pockets reading this? Our only neighborhood movie house – help!

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on June 16, 2011 at 10:25 pm

Jona… the website Americanclassicimages.com hosts a pair of 1986 images here and here.

They also have this image from 1967, when the theater still used its original entrance on Broadway.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on June 29, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Based on the bookings and the facade, these two photos on Brad Smith’s photobucket are of the RKO Coliseum in 1935.

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Jona
Jona on June 17, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Hi all, I grew up in this neighborhood and was wondering if anyone has any photos of the theater from diff angles around 1986 or 1987 that I wouldn’t have to pay for :) Thank you!

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on February 23, 2010 at 9:53 am

Ace, I scanned through my collection of movie time clocks and counted the number of films playing Saturday night at 8:00pm.

In 1989 the Coliseum was either closed all year or playing Spanish language films only and not advertising outside the Spanish language press. Does anyone know?

Ace
Ace on February 23, 2010 at 9:04 am

I’m guessing that at first, the triplex was the orchestra (1 screen) and the balcony (2 screens) right? If that’s the case then it was circa-1981 when they abandoned and gutted the orchestra section. The theater’s appeared to have had an up-and-down history. Thanks for the dates Alvarez! Where did you research to find these dates? My previous estimates were just that, estimates.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on February 22, 2010 at 6:09 pm

I did some research and found these multiplexing dates:

Single screen until 1978 when it is remodeled as a triplex.
1981 – Loses a screen and becomes a twin.
1989 – closes
1991 – Re-opens as a Quad.
2001 – closes
2004 – Re-opens as a Quad.

KingBiscuits
KingBiscuits on August 1, 2009 at 4:02 am

Looks like they have reopened the theatre. They are currently showing Aliens In The Attic, Orphan, Harry Potter, Ice Age 3 and two Spanish films.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on July 31, 2009 at 6:22 pm

Thanks to your comment, Ace, adjusted above to reflect Open, with website link, too.

KingBiscuits
KingBiscuits on July 31, 2009 at 7:07 am

The theatre was closed back in June by the Department of Health after a few major health code violations. Here are the inspection notes.

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