Coliseum Cinemas

4260-4261 Broadway,
New York, NY 10033

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fred1
fred1 on June 29, 2006 at 8:06 am

Creative Entertainment was the booker for several indepenant theaters , Much like Lesser. THEy do not own or manage the theatres.

longislandwally75
longislandwally75 on June 29, 2006 at 4:19 am

who runs 181..now?

wally75

AnthonyS1957
AnthonyS1957 on May 10, 2006 at 2:10 pm

I was curious if this Creative Entertainment company was the same company who owned the Creative’s Chopin Theater which was located at 910 Manhattan Avenue in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn, New York?

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on November 14, 2005 at 11:56 am

CConnoly… your post way back about the theater on Broadway in the 160’s… Try the Loew’s Rio on this page: /theaters/6713/

stevebob
stevebob on August 1, 2005 at 8:13 am

YankeeMike, that theater was called the Heights and has an entry on this site: /theaters/11135/

YMike
YMike on August 1, 2005 at 12:08 am

Does anyone know anything about a small theatre that was located about a block from the Coliseum at 150 Wadsworth Ave? It was showing porno films until the mid-nineties but I know this theatre had been showing films since about 1915. There is a store in the theatre building now but the original facade is still intack.

jays
jays on July 26, 2005 at 4:53 pm

Wow! once again you Wowed me and probably every one on this site with your photos Warren. were they from THS. and if so do they have blueprints of these old theatres in there original form or is it possible to get blueprints of theatres of there oroginal or later forms.

stevebob
stevebob on July 21, 2005 at 10:58 am

Doesn’t 3,095 refer to the original seating capacity, not the current overall capacity of the “multiplex”? If you look at the picture Warren posted of the original auditorium, it doesn’t seem at all implausible to me.

By the way, Warren, thanks for posting those great pictures. I had no idea that the Coliseum had a marquee that wrapped around the corner, or that there was a vertical sign on Broadway as well as 181st Street. (The vertical on the 181st St. side was still in place until just a few years ago.)

joemasher
joemasher on July 21, 2005 at 10:38 am

3462 is the correct number of seats—-that’s what it had when B.S. Moss opened it in 1920.

Currently, the four theatres now housed in the former balcony seat around 250 each.

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on July 21, 2005 at 9:26 am

no way this theater has 3095 seats

RobertR
RobertR on June 24, 2005 at 9:46 am

The Dave Clark 5 toured the RKO circuit with their film “Having a Wild Weekend"
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br91975
br91975 on December 2, 2004 at 7:20 pm

The engagement of ‘Santo Domingo Blues’ at the Cinema Village on 12th Street (according to Cinema Village’s web site) has been pushed back until February 4, 2005; I suspect the same is true for its run at the Coliseum, Julio and Divinity. To confirm that, my best advice would be to shoot an e-mail to Mambo Media, the company releasing ‘Santo Domingo Blues’, at

y2julio
y2julio on December 2, 2004 at 7:05 pm

dont know, but acorrding to the website of the documentary (http://www.santodomingoblues.com) this theater is showing it:
http://santodomingoblues.com/upcoming.html
so im not sure whats up.

Divinity
Divinity on December 1, 2004 at 6:20 pm

Hello Julio,
The telephone number of the New Coliseum is 212 740-1545.
Do they regularly play documentaries? It sounds interesting.

y2julio
y2julio on December 1, 2004 at 5:54 pm

hey, anyone know about a documentary called “Santo Domingo Blues” being played there??? also can i get the number for this place?

chconnol
chconnol on November 29, 2004 at 9:50 pm

Sorry to have to post this here but there’s no general info area on this website (if there is, someone please tell me!)…

Anyway…There is another theater on Broadway around (I’m guessing here…) 165th Street or so. It’s on the southbound side of Broadway in the 160’s or so. It looks like the auditorium ran parallel to Broadway. It’s no longer a theater.

Can anyone tell me what it might be so I can look it up on here?

Thanks…

br91975
br91975 on November 29, 2004 at 7:25 pm

When was the orchestra and its accompanying lobby separated from the balcony portion of the Coliseum?

RobertR
RobertR on November 29, 2004 at 6:54 pm

Had they kept the orchestra they could have made this a real multi-plex.

YMike
YMike on November 29, 2004 at 6:49 pm

It was possible to do this because there was always a seperate entrance for the balcony on 181st. At one time there was a small hole in the floor of one of the balcony theatres and you could see the store below it.

RobertR
RobertR on November 29, 2004 at 5:20 pm

The only theatre I was ever in where the orchestra no longer existed was a dollor house in Scranton Pa. I dont recall the name or if it still exists. It may have been called The Strand.

YMike
YMike on November 29, 2004 at 4:48 pm

When this theatre was first twinned. The Orchestra and Balcony were seperate theaters. When the Orchestra was closed and turned into retail space the bacony was twinned and later made into a quad.

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on October 25, 2004 at 2:15 am

Until Garth came to town there were no major theater renovations in nyc theaters all chains were milking the public..This is when the nyc theater boom began!

br91975
br91975 on October 21, 2004 at 2:41 pm

Even though I was never a big Cineplex Odeon ‘fan’ – charging for squirts of butter, offering the same major studio product at each of their venues… and the layouts of some of those C.O. houses (i.e., the First & 62nd), among other faults – I think Garth Drabinsky, for the most part, operated under the best of intentions… the best of intentions, though… well, we know how those sometimes go…

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on October 21, 2004 at 5:12 am

I new Garth very well as he made me dm of manhattan south for Cineplex Odeon i never felt i could not talk to him honestly at any time.

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on October 21, 2004 at 3:50 am

When Cineplex took over and The Grand Pooh-bah came down from Toronto to tour the theatres that he thought he bought, they went here and he proclaimed that in the lobby he would install a cafe with carrot cake and coffee in fine china cups (similar to what eventually ended up in the Carnegie Hall Cinema). The RKO person who was conducting the tour said ‘You can’t use fine china cups here – in this theatre they steal the toilet seats off the toilets’. – the RKO person was advised not to tell The Grand Pooh-bah what he could or could not do…