34th Street East Theatre

241 East 34th Street,
New York, NY 10016

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34th Street East Theatre marquee

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

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 Conquerer”.

Currently the space serves as home to Yeshiva University’s Geraldine Schottenstein Cultural Center.

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dave-bronx™ on December 10, 2007 at 4:00 pm

The 34th St. East Theatre was/is located closer to 2nd Ave. on the north side of the street. The 34th St. Theatre you are referring to, near the 3rd Ave El, later became the Murray Hill Theatre, which was just off 3rd Ave. to the west on the south side of the street.

Rollerena on June 27, 2008 at 8:31 pm

I grew up on 36th street so I saw many, many movies here. I’ll always remember seeing Caberet there with my Mom. JAWS opened there and I must have seen that 10 times. War and Peace played there and if you bought a ticket you saw ½ one day and ½ the following day.

KingBiscuits on June 27, 2008 at 10:44 pm

I wonder if there were any Night Of The Living Dead prints in the basement.

Kieranx on January 29, 2009 at 2:34 pm

I can remember hanging out in the city for the day as a kid in the summer of 1985 and going to see Pee Wee’s Big Adventure here Or it might have been Real Genius. What I do remember distinctly is falling in love with an extra large movie poster for Dance With a Stranger that was plastered up on a fence near the theater and peeling it off and running like mad because I was afraid a cop would catch me for stealing, then ducking into the 34th Street East to see one of those two movies.

BradE41 on August 10, 2009 at 5:05 pm

It is sad seeing these single screen theatres gone. They had so much more personality than the Monster-Plexes of today.

TLSLOEWS on February 24, 2011 at 2:54 pm

Nice marquee photos.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 16, 2013 at 11:39 pm

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.)

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