Coliseum Cinemas

4260-4261 Broadway,
New York, NY 10033

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HowardBHaas on July 31, 2009 at 11:22 pm

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

KingBiscuits on July 31, 2009 at 12:07 pm

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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Ace on July 28, 2009 at 2:11 am

This is probably the earliest known photo of the Coliseum. It dates back to 1922, and most notably features B.S Moss' name on the vertical marquee, which indicates that its prior to RKO’s decades-long ownership. Note that at first, a different, smaller marquee was used before the large, ornate marquee the theater was known for was installed. Its certainly a treat to see the theater untouched and in pristine condition. Enjoy:

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Ace on July 27, 2009 at 1:27 pm

That’s an amazing photo! Thanks for posting it up! Equally amazing is that big marquee! Interesting to see the location of what’s the modern-day entrance to the theater today…….that is, there appears to be no entry at all! I can only imagine the marvel that place was back then.

Here’s a photo of the theater circa-1986:

I’m old enough to remember the Lerner retail store which appears to have replaced the former main entrance. Guess this indicates that, by the mid-‘80’s at least, the orchestra section was gone.

jordanlage on September 23, 2008 at 3:14 pm

Ah, beautiful. Thank you.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on September 23, 2008 at 2:27 pm

Here are new links to previously posted images:
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jordanlage on September 23, 2008 at 5:52 am

As of 9/22/‘08,the Photobucket links to Warren G. Harris’ photos are all down. Any chance of seeing them again?

AlAlvarez on August 20, 2008 at 4:32 pm

Yes, I mean Manhattan actually, although it may be the longest running in the whole city. This dates as far back as 1921, perhaps earlier.

longislandmovies on August 20, 2008 at 6:44 am

I think on Long Island it is the FANTASY -1920- But can not find a date on the Bellmore theater and that is old also…

AlAlvarez on August 20, 2008 at 4:35 am

I believe this is now officially the longest running, still existing, movie theatre in New York.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on November 2, 2007 at 3:12 am

Here are some exterior shots I took a couple of weekends back:

Entrance & 181st Street main facade
Facade over marquee
Main facade arch
Ornamental detail
Ancient window
Main facade detail
B'way facade centerpiece
B'way centerpiece detail
B'way facade feature
Broadway & 181st
Display case

The name of the theatre as per the marquee is Coliseum Cinemas, so I believe a revision is in order up at the top of this page. I presume that in the evening, the neon comedy & tragedy masks at either side of the theatre name panel are brightly illuminated.

DixonSteele on September 6, 2007 at 7:12 pm

I visited my nephew in the Heights a few years ago and we went to see one of the Scary Movie sequels, I believe it was 3, which would make it 2003 (it could’ve been 2 in 2001, not sure).

Speaking of scary…what a dump!!

longislandmovies on July 5, 2007 at 1:58 pm

Does anyone have creative entertainment phone number?>???Bookers in ny.

efriedmann on June 29, 2007 at 1:55 pm

I lived near this theater from July 2003 to March 2006, but did not go to a movie there even once.

ridethectrain on December 6, 2006 at 10:32 pm

Does any house have Dolby Digital or dts. Or is the sound mono or stereo

br91975 on November 17, 2006 at 6:32 pm

Ace is correct; I remember the Coliseum operating as a quad in the summer of 1991 when ‘Terminator 2: Judgement Day’ was booked there.

I had my first chance to see a film (‘Miami Vice’) at the Coliseum this past summer and was as impressed as Ken Roe was during his visit back in May. The theatre was very well-maintained and the staff was nothing but very professional and friendly. Moviegoers in the five boroughs (and visitors from out of town) need to do all they can to support the city’s remaining vintage cinemas (the Coliseum, the Jackson Triplex, the American, the Ridgewood, and any others I’m wantonly leaving out); the subway ride might be a bit long, but the trip is well worth it.

longislandwally75 on October 17, 2006 at 3:30 pm

it was still 1 screen in late 70’s….under rko…

i worked there before i went to 59th street…


AlAlvarez on October 17, 2006 at 6:41 am

Ace, I show it reopened as a quad in 1992.

My guess is it twinned around 1971.

Something called the Cinema 181 was advertising in 1966 and I have yet to figure out where that was.

Ace on October 17, 2006 at 2:10 am

Yeah, I’ve been aware of that for awhile now, but I find that the info on the theater from that website clashes a bit with what I’ve heard around here (such as when the theater was split, then twinned and whatnot)

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on September 2, 2006 at 2:00 pm

This 1947 ad shows a remarkable number of RKO theatres— 19 in all— presenting vaudeville, even though it was for one evening only on the slowest night of the week;

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 19, 2006 at 11:54 am

For those trying to remember what the Coliseum used to look like, check above for images in my post of 7/20/2005, which was almost exactly a year ago.

Ace on July 19, 2006 at 9:19 am

My fault, the guy who claimed to have been behind all of the Coliseum’s renovations among many (says he was a pioneer in twinning theatres back in the ‘70’s) posted in the Loew’s Plaza page (another theater which he twinned). His name is “wobbly”.