287 E. Houston Street,
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The Academy Theatre was opened by 1910. It was one of the first theatres to be operated by Marcus Loew. In November of 1921, a porter was instructed by the building’s manager to open a skylight to cool the auditorium. A boy mistook a ray of sunlight hitting the screen for a flame and shouted, “Fire”, causing a hundred people to rush for the exits. The Academy Theatre was closed by 1935.
In recent years the building (with a new facade) was used for office space. It was demolished in September 2016.
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