RKO Jefferson Theatre

214 E. 14th Street,
New York, NY 10003

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Life's Too Short on December 19, 2006 at 5:29 pm

I remember passing by this place in the 80’s. It must be said that it did look like hell.

fjmarkowitz on April 13, 2006 at 5:29 am

Thanks John – wow- “Pinky”, quite a movie for its time
also noticed the Rangers/Bruins hockey game for 70 cents!!!
I think the cheapest seat now is $28!!!

drewcarolan on July 28, 2005 at 8:15 am

The Jefferson was Spanish speaking movie house in the 70’s.
I photographed it in 1976.

Go to http://drewcarolan.com and look under NewYork

There was an after hours type palce in the loft above the marquee in the late 80’s.

RobertR on July 10, 2005 at 11:32 am

1952 saw a mass release of King King and the Leopard Man
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RobertR on July 5, 2005 at 1:27 am

I posted that same question on the page for the Cosmo, these have yet to be identified.

dave-bronx™ on July 4, 2005 at 8:29 pm

RobertR: I notice in the above-linked ad that there is a San Juan Theatre in Manhattan, and a Puerto Rico Theatre in the Bx. They aren’t listed on this site (at least not under those names). Do you know where they were?

RobertR on July 4, 2005 at 2:13 pm

In 1974 the Jefferson was a Brandt house.
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fjmarkowitz on June 9, 2005 at 10:23 am

I don’t re-call its name but that must be it. I started living in StuyTown around 1970 and I always re-call the place as being porno. It was a pretty sleazy block for years – its picked up quite a bit in recent years and I’m surprised the Millstein group hasn’t developed or sold the Jefferson site.

RobertR on June 9, 2005 at 10:11 am

Are you talking about the Metropolitan?

fjmarkowitz on June 9, 2005 at 10:07 am

Yep- there was a porno theatre there; it was knocked down at some point and there are now apartments; I assume it was once a legit place, probably had a name. And yes you are right – the SRO is gone, think it was called the Sahara.

hardbop on June 9, 2005 at 9:24 am

You are not thinking of a porno theatre that was on the east side of Third Avenue between 14th & 15th Streets are you? I think there was one there. There was an SRO hotel on the northeast corner of 14th Street & Third Avenue that is also gone.

fjmarkowitz on June 9, 2005 at 8:48 am

Property is owned by the Millstein family – real estate developers.
Place is an eyesore – surprised given the recent re-birth of Union Square and the NYU dorms nearby.
I vaguely recall another smaller theatre on the north side of 14th street, closer to 2nd avenue – anybody have any ideas?

Thomas on May 8, 2005 at 4:30 pm

Here’s a photo ( or two ) I took of the old Jefferson back in the 1980’s.

dave-bronx™ on April 8, 2005 at 2:36 am

The Palladium was previously The Academy of Music.

hardbop on April 7, 2005 at 10:03 pm

This theatre sat empty for years and years. I always wondered what the story was. What was the name of the theatre where the Palladium Disco was?

BobFurmanek on October 29, 2004 at 7:25 am

I remember passing by the theater in the late 70’s, and it was boarded up and looked terrible. It had a very cool marquee, with lots of bulbs and neon. But it appeared to have been closed for some time.

RobertR on October 29, 2004 at 5:13 am

I think this was opened for a few years after RKO by an independant. They used to show triple horror and kung-fu bills.

romerol on October 28, 2004 at 4:26 pm

John Chappell writes that the Jefferson closed in the early 60’s,
but I remember it showing movies in the 70’s.
At that time I was coming into my early teens, maybe it re-opened
under a new owner.
After the movies, the crowd would head to White Tower for hamburgers
and fries.

BobFurmanek on September 17, 2004 at 12:29 pm

Ruby, the “Watch James Dean materialize” show was one segment of a traveling spook show which played on stage. I used to have a flyer for this program from the Capitol Theater in Passaic, NJ. As I recall, they also gave out free photographs: Elvis for the girls, and Marilyn for the boys. This would date it to sometime in the late 50’s/early 60’s.

rc722 on May 12, 2004 at 9:29 pm

Does anyone know an exact date as to when it was demolished?

RobertR on April 8, 2004 at 7:32 am

This couldent have been that documentry about James Dean could it? Not the Warner Brothers one, remember the tackey independant one?

rc722 on April 7, 2004 at 11:47 pm

This question may seem a bit strange…but I am seeking a theater poster of a show that ran at the Jefferson. I don’t know the year (although is was after 1956) but it was a show about James Dean. It read “Watch James Dean Materialize…Back From the Dead”. Any ideas?

RobertR on March 29, 2004 at 7:33 am

The narration above says it was closed by the early 60’s but I seem to recall when going to Luchows in the seventies triple kung fu bills playing? Maybe an independant took over when RKO gave it up?

Greenpoint on February 8, 2004 at 3:38 pm

The East 13th Street portion (or rear of this theatre’s building) can be seen in Taxi Driver. The action with Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster and Harvey Kietel all take place around the corner from The Jefferson.

WilliamMcQuade on March 20, 2002 at 8:39 am

Last owner was a relative of the owner of the Wetson hamburger chain. He was almost singlehandedly trying to restore it with only one helper. A visit to the upstairs proved he was wasting his time as vandals had removed all the plumbing by that time & the inside of the theater was in shambles. He quickly found this out and gave up on this vanity project