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I think youâ€™re mistaken. The theater you must be thinking of is the Apollo Theater, which was just south of the Williamsburg Bridge on Clinton Street. It was right next to a police station, and closed
either in the late 1940â€™s or the early 1950â€™s. It is listed on this Website.
I don,t remember the exact movies I saw there, but I know it did not have the first run movies that the big movie chains had. I also remember especially the 15 part serials of Batman, Superman , Dick Tracy that many other movie theaters in the area showed, especially in the late 1940’s. On the Lower East Side you had the Ave B, American Movie, Palestine, Loews Delancy, and the Apollo.
Who located this theater? I’ve been asking about it under the Academy of Music. In the late 1960’s it still existed as a movie theater. Does anyone know when it closed?
I was born on the Lower East Side and lived there until 1959. I went to the Academy of Music theater many times. In fact, I attended my graduation exercises from Stuyvesant HS at the theater one morning in 1953, and saw â€œRommel the Desert Foxâ€ that afternoon. I recently accessed this site and found all the movie theaters in my old neighborhood except one. Does anyone remember the Palestine Movie Theater? It was located on Clinton St. near Houston St.