34th Street East Theatre

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

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34th Street East Theatre marquee

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”.

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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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.)

PhillyNative on December 12, 2015 at 5:54 am

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 on February 9, 2016 at 1:29 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 on June 3, 2017 at 6:36 am

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

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