Coliseum Cinemas

4260-4261 Broadway,
New York, NY 10033

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citygalsf
citygalsf on February 26, 2004 at 8:06 pm

A small quibble. I grew up in the neighborhood and saw hundreds of films at the Coliseum and the Loew’s 175th St. Back in the 50’s and 60’s there were even ushers and a special section for children. The RKO Coliseum is/was located on 181st St. which is Washington Heights, not Inwood. Very sorry to learn that it was divided into four theaters and eventually closed.

br91975
br91975 on February 17, 2004 at 3:51 pm

Unfortunately, Jesus didn’t own the building which housed the Nova. When the theatre closed in August of 2002 it was due to the landlord raising the rent to a level Jesus couldn’t afford but one which was amenable to the proprietor of a 99-cent store. I’m not sure what condition the orchestra is in but I imagine it’s probably a safe guess that anyone who reopens the Coliseum will be working with the existing theatre space.

RobertR
RobertR on February 17, 2004 at 10:25 am

Very true but he had 3 screens at the Nova in a building he owned. The Coliseum had 4 cinemas in the balcony level. Maybe there was room to add more screens there and make it a multiplex.

fred1
fred1 on February 17, 2004 at 10:19 am

i think there is too much overhead inurban areas of nyc

RobertR
RobertR on February 17, 2004 at 10:01 am

I was suprised he closed the Nova, I thought he owned the building.

fred1
fred1 on February 17, 2004 at 9:14 am

i I think jesus nove couldn’t get the backing .

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on February 15, 2004 at 11:21 am

The Coliseum was built by B.S. Moss, whose affiliation with Keith-Albee eventually brought the theatre into the RKO fold. Designed by Eugene DeRosa with 3,462 seats, the Coliseum first opened on September 23, 1920 with high-grade vaudeville supplemented by a feature movie. At the time, it was the second largest vaudeville/movie theatre in Manhattan after the Capitol. The auditorium was in Adam style, with a large elliptical dome in the center of the ceiling. The grand lobby was 85 feet long, with two marble staircases. In its first years, the Coliseum had a 25-piece orchestra, plus an organist for the Moller 3/15 Op. 2954. Because of its location so far uptown in Washington Heights, the magnficent Coliseum was probably never visited by the majority of Manhattanites and certainly not by tourists, who usually kept to the midtown entertainment zone that was about 130 blocks south of the Coliseum. Under the RKO regime, the Coliseum ran double features that were first-run for the area. Its main competition was Loew’s 175th Street, which didn’t arrive until 1930 but far eclipsed it in movie palace splendor.

br91975
br91975 on December 11, 2003 at 8:32 pm

I had read in the NY Times earlier this past spring that Jesus Nova (the former proprietor of the eponymous Nova Cinemas at Broadway and 147th Street) was trying to organize a group of investors who would renovate and reopen the Coliseum – does anyone know of any word of progress or what the current state of the theatre site is?

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on February 14, 2003 at 8:47 pm

Theater location is Broadway and 181st Street.

FoxTheatres
FoxTheatres on December 20, 2002 at 8:59 am

The New Coliseum Theater 4 is closed for good June 2002

philipgoldberg
philipgoldberg on October 24, 2002 at 7:24 am

This theater was once part of the RKO chain. It was closed with the orchestra section gutted and converted into retail, while the loge and balcony where carved into first two, then four small screens. Dolby was never added to any of these screens, and from what i have heard there were often problems with the projection and air conditioning. Sometime in late June, these theaters closed and have remained so since.