34th Street East Theatre

241 E. 34th Street,
New York, NY 10016

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Ed Solero
Ed Solero on June 20, 2006 at 4:12 pm

Found this ad from a 1980 copy of the Daily News… the film in question had played a sneak preview at both the 34th Street East and the Little Carnegie on 12/12/80 before day-and-dating at both theaters (plus the Baronet) beginning 12/19/80:

Inside Moves Daily News 12/14/80

In those days you got to see the sneak preview and stay for the regular feature (“Elephant Man” here at the 34th Street and “Stardust Memories” at the Little Carnegie).

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 2, 2006 at 7:26 pm

Just looked up the 34th Street Theatre and found its listed in Film Daily Yearbook’s from 1926, 1927, 1930, 1941 and 1943. Same address and seating capacity as posted above by William. Strange it is currently not listed on Cinema Treasures.

William on May 2, 2006 at 7:12 pm

Well the FDY; 1944 edition lists the 34th Street Theatre, 162 E. 34th Street with 600 seats.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on May 2, 2006 at 6:41 pm

I think that 34th Street Theatre was near Macys and I have some signs of it being opening 1949-1950. It tracks where Wendy’s is now.

241 East 34th Street is the 1963 Walter Reade house which was Head Office when I worked for Cineplex Odeon.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 2, 2006 at 5:54 pm

Al; The Film Daily Yearbook;1950 edition lists a 34th Street Theatre, 162 E. 34th Street, New York, NY with 720 seats.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on April 23, 2006 at 4:49 pm

Does anyone have any information on a “34th Street Theatre” that appears in the NY Times 1948-1949? I am not sure where on 34th Street it was.

longislandmovies on February 25, 2006 at 1:53 am

the district office was in the 34th st east in the late 80s for cineplex odeon as was the Biograph booking dept.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on June 25, 2005 at 2:57 am

barrygriffin, I suspect they are probably still there as Cineplex Odeon was quite un-interested in the prints. The Toronto office was dismissive of Sterling which was still operating as a service to schools and universities. I don’t know who owns these film rights today but there were some 35mm prints of high profile titles such as ROOM AT THE TOP and TEOREMA.

bgriffi on June 24, 2005 at 9:51 pm

Al Alvarez, I am looking for a title that would potentially have been in that basement full of Continental film prints from the Walter Reade era. Would you have any idea where they may have moved them or would you know who I could contact that may be able to help me? For more details, you can contact me

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on June 11, 2005 at 3:38 am

You are correct BR. It was early 1990. Cineplex was trying to save money after the Garth Drabinsky debacle and did not have to pay extra rent here.

br91975 on June 10, 2005 at 4:53 pm

Wouldn’t Cineplex Odeon have moved its offices to the 34th Street East Theatre building in the ‘80s (or maybe early '90s)? They didn’t enter the NYC marketplace – at least not formally – until 1987.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on June 5, 2005 at 12:26 am

Walter Reade had its offices here until the New Ziegfeld opened when they moved there. Cineplex Odeon eventually moved their offices back here in the seventies and shut down the West 56th Street offices as well as the Ziegfeld office.

When I worked for Cineplex the basement was full of Continental Releasing film prints, Sterling Film 16mm documentaries and other relics of the Walter Reade era.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on April 7, 2005 at 8:16 am

Hardbop, that was the Murray Hill Cinema. (q.v.)

hardbop on April 7, 2005 at 5:05 am

There was a theatre on East 34th Street where part of the ceiling collapsed. I don’t think anyone was seriously injured. It was during the 1980s. I think it was this theatre. Anyone remember this?

RobertR on April 5, 2005 at 3:31 am

This was always a class house.

rcdt55b on March 7, 2005 at 1:48 am

That could be so. Cineplex had their offices there when they ran it. This theater had most of the orignal equipment in operation when it closed.

Astyanax on February 13, 2005 at 8:28 pm

I believe Walter Reade Organization headquarters were in offices above the theatre.

SethLewis on February 13, 2005 at 6:41 pm

This was a Walter Reade theatre which shifted over to Cineplex Odeon during the 1986-7 buyout…It was a pretty safe bet in the 70s to day date with an 86th St and a Broadway Loews house for a first or showcase run…

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on February 13, 2005 at 6:03 pm

Decades ago I used to go to this theatre from time to time when in New York. My stronget memories go back to the summer of 1965 when AFFS (the American Federation of Film Societies) had a number of special morning 35mm screenings at this then-very-spiffy place for members during one week. Among the films I saw there in those screenings were Munk’s “The Passenger,” Bertolucci’s “Before the Revolution,” Buñuel’s “Nazarin,” and Rossif’s “To Die in Madrid.” They were all revelations. The AFFS also had 16mm screenings that year in a room at the U.N. building.