New Amsterdam Theatre

214 West 42nd Street,
New York, NY 10036

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AlAlvarez on January 20, 2010 at 10:33 pm

The New Amsterdam was a full time movie house from 1937 to 1982.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on November 28, 2009 at 11:42 pm

Excerpt from a NY Times review of October 19, 1971:

“Also on the bill with "Bunny O'Hare,” currently at neighborhood theaters, is “The Velvet Vampire,” which is almost as funny as “Bunny O'Hare,” though I doubt that it means to be. It has to do with a beautiful, 125-year-old woman, the mistress of a remote ranch in the southwest who stocks her own blood bank with tourists dumb enough to spend the night.

“It is to be recommended only if you can see it at the New Amsterdam on 42d Street, where audiences loudly, freely and obscenely associate with the action on the screen.”

hankmc on October 10, 2009 at 3:05 pm

If you can find The Last Action Hero a 1993 film with Gov. Arnold you get a great view of what 42nd St. looked like prior to the Disney gentrification.

woody on October 10, 2009 at 10:43 am

the changing faces of the Amsterdam
1995 closed and waiting for renovation with the Cine 42 and Roxy next to it
the same view renovated and showing the Lion King
the same view now showing Mary Poppins
and night
the outer lobby

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on October 10, 2009 at 9:11 am

Excerpt from a NY Times review of “Horror House” dated 12/10/70:

“Customers at the New Amsterdam on West 42d Street weren’t spared after The End. In a pell-mell rush came three successive previews of coming attractions, retaining the spirit. First we saw a sailor quartering crewmen with an axe. Next was a peek at a goody about the transplanting of living human heads.

“In the third tantalizer, mother was a vampire, bidding her son farewell with a tender chomp on the neck. Deck the halls and run.”

Wish I could have been there!

LuisV on August 19, 2009 at 1:19 am


hankmc on August 18, 2009 at 7:43 pm

Back in the 1990’s when the renovation of 42nd St. started I was on a cross town 42nd St. bus headed East and at the corner of 42nd and 7th Ave there was an old Daily News front page that had come to view since it had been pasted on the wall of a newsstand that was being demolished, it said…Carol Lombard Killed in Plane Crash. I guess no one thought it was worth saving.

kencmcintyre on June 17, 2009 at 6:29 pm

Here is a February 1994 photo from the NY Daily News:

hankmc on June 9, 2009 at 3:32 pm

In the early 1990’s I had a friend who worked as a grip in the film industry. I was working in NYC in construction and he invited me to meet him after work at the Amsterdam where he was working on the film Uncle Vanya. They had built a platform over the orchestra seats and the action was being filmed there at a small set of couches and chairs. The theater was in very bad shape with mushrooms growing up through missing pieces of flooring. The actors each had a camping tent set up in the area behind the orchestra. As with The Victory across 42nd St. these old theaters made excellent sound-stages and movie sets since they were insulated from the outside noise and had very good acoustics. A famous rock group performance was being filmed at the same time at the Victory across 42nd Street.

woody on May 6, 2009 at 11:16 pm

photo i took in 1995 while the theatre was being refurbished
there is a painted sign high on the side of the theatre

Bway on May 4, 2009 at 5:42 pm

This is one of the few times where the current photos look better than the old ones!

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on April 28, 2009 at 2:05 pm

“Still Kicking Up Her Heels on 42nd Street”:
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CelluloidHero2 on December 8, 2008 at 4:19 am

Photos I took of the New Amsterdam late 1970’s and 2008

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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on November 3, 2008 at 8:40 pm

The aftermath of a 1925 visit to the New Amsterdam Theatre: View link

42ndStreetMemories on October 8, 2008 at 8:23 pm

We can only hope it was something soapy.

and, saps, there was no extra charge for the “live” entertainment supplied by an audience on The Deuce.

I remember seeing the rerelease of “PSYCHO” there in ‘64 and the guy in front of me was scarier than Bates.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on October 8, 2008 at 5:38 pm

Excerpt from a New York Times review dated August 15, 1968:

“THE CONQUEROR WORM,” which opened yesterday at the New Amsterdam and other neighborhood theaters, stars Vincent Price, [who] has a good time as a materialistic witch-hunter and woman-disfigurer and dismemberer, and the audience at the dark, ornate New Amsterdam seemed to have a good time as well.

There are lines like, “Take three good men and ride into East Anglia,” through which a man behind me snored and a middle-aged couple next to him quarreled viciously, but people woke up for the action and particularly cheered when Price was hacked to death.

In the course of the movie, a thin streak of something soapy persisted. It must have been a watermark across the lens in the projection booth.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on October 1, 2008 at 5:25 pm

As a cinema, the New Amsterdam was rarely advertised on its own, but here’s an exception from February, 1947. The booking was a 20th-Fox reissue coupled with a recent British import starring the increasingly popular James Mason. Performances were continuous from 8AM to 2AM: View link

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on September 16, 2008 at 3:44 pm

The Laffmovie was originally known as the Eltinge and later as the Empire. Circa 1942-43, the Gaiety Theatre, at 46th and Broadway, was also called Laffmovie until being re-named Victoria. Advertising called it the Broadway Laffmovie to differentiate from the one on 42nd Street.

DonRosen on September 16, 2008 at 2:40 pm

Hmm. I thought the Laff became the Anco. The website says it became the Empire.

Bway on September 15, 2008 at 7:18 pm

Great page! There are some errors though, one of which says that “the only thing that remains of the Eltinge (Empire AMC25) is the exterior”. That is not correct, the interior auditorium survives as the lobby for the multiplex.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on September 15, 2008 at 2:51 pm

Many current views of the area can be found in a new article, “Old 42—More Remains of the Deuce.” at this website: View link