34th Street East Theatre

241 E. 34th Street,
New York, NY 10016

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A former single-screen neighborhood movie theatre, located directly across the street from the former Loews 34th Street Theatre showplace.

A conversion of a power station, the 34th Street East Theatre was opened on July 16, 1963 with Richard Harris in “This Sporting Life”. It was operated by Walter Reade-Stirling Theatres. Showing mostly upscale fare during its run, it closed it doors in September of 1997 with the decidedly downscale “Kull the Conqueror”.

The space served as a lecture hall to Yeshiva University’s Geraldine Schottenstein Cultural Center. By early-2016 they had moved out and it was being demolished.

Contributed by br91975

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TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on February 24, 2011 at 10:54 pm

Nice marquee photos.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 17, 2013 at 7:39 am

Half a dozen photos of the 34th Street Theatre appear on this page of the April, 1964, issue of International Projectionist. (Enlarge the images by clicking on the + sign in the toolbar at lower right corner of the page.)

PhillyNative
PhillyNative on December 12, 2015 at 1:54 pm

Demolished Fall 2015. It closed as a performance space about 2-3 years ago and the entrance doors were replaced by a metal roll gate. This past fall it was demolished for a residential tower. (My workplace shuttle van route frequently passes this area.)

jarkin
jarkin on February 9, 2016 at 9:29 am

I actually watched ‘Kull the Conqueror’ here. Never imagined it would be the last time I’d see a film there. It’s undergoing a total gutting now, after having served as a lecture hall(?) for Yeshiva U.’s girl’s division. It will become another tasteless piece of dreck high-rise like everything else in the area.

Garth
Garth on June 3, 2017 at 2:36 pm

Pretty sure this was where I saw Star Trek – The Motion Picture in ‘79. I know I visited several times in my youth.

tone10029
tone10029 on June 17, 2019 at 6:34 am

My aunt took me to see An American Werewolf in London at this place!!!

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on July 2, 2020 at 12:16 am

Hello-

was the 34th St. East built as a movie theater or was it a conversion of a existing building? when ever i went to it or the 34th St. Showplace across the street the facade of the 34th St. East(minus the marquee) impressed me has a tad industrial and not looking like a movie theater at all.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on July 2, 2020 at 12:52 am

It was a power station.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on July 2, 2020 at 7:46 pm

Hello-

to Al A.– as I have always said your font of knowledge
never ceases to amaze me. and I thought I knew a lot.
thanks of the info. I don’t have a degree in theater
design or anything close but the exterior always seemed
a bit un-movie theater-ish to me. so my instincts were
right.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on July 2, 2020 at 8:28 pm

Thanks, Bigjoe. I had an office here for a few years during my Cineplex Odeon days.

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