Academy of Music

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

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romerol on October 28, 2004 at 4:12 pm

I remember watching the Holmes-Cooney fight on close circuit.
This was a huge theatre that was not far from the Jefferson
theatre that showed movies and the White Tower burger shop
on Second ave.

chelydra on October 15, 2004 at 9:34 pm

It was NYU(!) that demolished this place and Luchow’s???!!!
With an intelligensia like that, who needs barbarians.
Oy vey.

42ndStreetMemories on August 23, 2004 at 1:41 pm

Saw my first rock concert here in the early 60s! It was still a great double-feature movie-house but for one night they had The Dave Clark 5 with The Kinks opening! Jerry from 42nd Street Memories

William on May 13, 2004 at 4:59 pm

The motion picture trade publication Film Daily has the theatre listed at seating 3515 people over the years. Sometimes depending on which major city market the theatre is located in, the seating totals from opening may vary. Like deluxe first run theatres in the Times Square and Hollywood, Beverly Hills areas. Got remodeled and theatres and seats (newer wider seats) were updated from time to time. Theatres lost seats when new projection formats debuted like Cinerama. (Theatres lost seats, because of new projection booths in the rear of the main floor, unsellable seats in upper balconys). Fox West Coast Theatres were very good when they did a remodel of a theatre.

FrankCKennedy on May 13, 2004 at 3:38 pm

Pictures/drawings of the Academy of Music as The Palladium can be found at and the art inside is mentioned at

Japanese architect, Arata Isozaki, was responsible for the design.

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FrankCKennedy on May 13, 2004 at 3:14 pm

‘American Picture Palaces’ by David Naylor has the Academy’s seat capacity at 2600, but I believe Kevin is right in his data (above). Proof is that the (early 70’s) film, ‘Taxi Driver’, was filmed nearby, and on the DVD in chapter 20, time 1:15:28 you can see the rear of the Academy, in the upper right hand corner, the 13th Street side, and it looks quite tall! Later in the film, at 1:17:36 and 1:18:12 (I believe) the camera is one block East on 13th, and you see the rear side of the now defunct Jefferson Theatre. I have searched the net for hours trying to find a photo of the Academy of Music, as it features tall in legend as a early 70’s rock hall, many recordings made there, etc. But cannot find any photos of the marquee or the hall prior to it’s Palladium conversion.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on January 20, 2004 at 10:16 am

The second Academy of Music was built by William Fox, with Thomas Lamb as architect. It was never intended as a concert hall, and first opened in 1927 as a deluxe “presentation” house with a feature movie and vaudeville. Fox had been shut out of building in the Broadway-Times Square area, so he hoped that crowds would flock to 14th Street to attend this beautifully appointed 3,600-seat theatre, but that didn’t happen. With the onset of the Depression, Fox lost his entire theatre empire, including the Academy of Music. In the bankruptcy proceedings that followed, the Academy became part of the Skouras circuit, which operated it for the rest of its four decades as a movie theatre. Skouras was notorious for its housekeeping, and the Academy became increasingly shabby and uncomfortable with the passing of time…Interestingly, simultaneously with the Academy of Music, Fox and Lamb built a slightly smaller version in Brooklyn on Bedford Avenue near Eastern Parkway. The 3,200-seat Savoy Theatre had a similar auditorium, but without a grand lobby connecting it to the entrance. Happily, the Savoy still stands and is used as an evangelical church, with most of the interior decor intact except for whitewashing of some areas. Some of the original “drops” used for vaudeville are still hanging in the stage loft.

lebretsdad3 on December 29, 2003 at 5:10 pm

Whoa! Am I surprised! I never knew that “The Palladium” (which I visited a couple of times in the mid eighties) was a revamping of the second Academy of Music.

For what it’s worth; The Metropolitan Opera was never based in either of the two Academy of Music theatres.

The Met (Metropolitan Opera Company)was born/originated due to the fact that The Academy of Music didn’t have enough private boxes to accomodate the newly rich population of New York City.

Those newly rich took their bundles of wealth uptown to West Forty-Something Street, and they commissioned the building of a theatre now known as “The Old Met.”

The Old Met was built before anyone had engaged an impresario or a company of singers/orchestral players.
There was a mad scramble to get an opera company together. And the Met suffered through several seasons of financial loss before they finally got their act together.

For a few years, operas were staged at both The Academy of Music and The Met. In the end; the Met won out. The Union Square area (which had been the home for opera and theatre for more than a decade) passed into oblivion. Almost all legit theatre productions were performed mid town (the forty-second street region) by the turn of the last century.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on October 7, 2003 at 10:49 pm

The Band played the very first show as “The Palladium” in the fall of 1976 just before their famous “Last Waltz” farewell concert in San Fransisco. Seeing the Grateful Dead here for 4 shows in early May of 1977 was a life-altering experience. Never caught a movie here. Wasn’t there a pool hall in the same building up a narrow flight of stairs???

Having never experienced the Fillmore (the former Village Theater and Loew’s Commodore on 2nd Ave), this remains my favorite all-time (if now-extinct) place to attend a rock concert. Since it’s conversion to a dance club (and ultimate demolition) The Beacon up on Broadway and 74th has been ably filling the void.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on February 14, 2003 at 7:18 pm

Located on East 14th street opposite Irving Place (between Park/4th Ave and Third Ave). It opened as a concert hall, if I’m not mistaken, before turning to movies and then back to concerts by the 1970’s (though rock and pop, rather than the classical and chamber pieces for which it was intended). It was re-christened the Palladium in 1976 with a concert by The Band, who were on their last tour and just weeks away from their farewell “Last Waltz” concert in San Francisco. By the mid ‘80’s, the concert hall gave way to a discotheque, with the orchestra seats stripped out and the floor leveled for dancing (similar to how Studio 54 was created out of the Gallo Opera House and The Academy out of the 42nd Street Apollo Theater). Like the old Loews Commodore (later known as the Fillmore East) on 2nd Avenue and East 6th, this building was razed to make way for the expansion of a local university.

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on August 18, 2002 at 11:36 pm

This theatre was were Aerosmith first got noticed, under the Acamdey Of Music name

SethLewis on April 24, 2002 at 10:15 pm

Never managed a movie in this theatre (mostly a Fox or Universal programmed grind house) but a few concerts in its pre Palladium days including Hot Tuna

WilliamMcQuade on March 20, 2002 at 11:29 am

Thomas Lamb was busy in new York as this was another one of his creations pounded to dust in the name of progress