Tudor Theatre

650 Third Avenue,
New York, NY 10017

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This small, late-run movie house was situated under the “El” on Third Avenue between 41st and 42nd Streets. The 1926 Film Daily Year Book lists it as the Tuxedo Theatre, but in the 1936 volume, the name changes to the Tudor Theatre, probably to denote its proximity to the Tudor City apartment building complex.

More information about its history and the current status of the site would be appreciated.

Contributed by Warren G. Harris

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 1, 2005 at 1:37 am

The 1930 edition of F.D.Y. still has it listed as the Tuxedo Theatre with 617 seats.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on March 1, 2005 at 6:30 am

The name apparently changed in 1935, since it’s listed as the Tuxedo in the 1935 volume of FDYB and as the Tudor in the 1936 edition. The theatre seems to have been the nearest competition to Loew’s 42nd Street, which was between Lexington & Third Avenues.

DavidHurlbutt on March 1, 2005 at 8:17 am

There is a famous photograph in Wegee"s THE NAKED CITY of a policemam standing over a bullet-ridden corpse on the sidewalk in front of the Tudor Theater.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on March 1, 2005 at 1:53 pm

The Tudor was advertised as “The Theatre With Drawing Room Atmosphere.” Smoking was permitted in the mezzanine, but I don’t know if that section of seats overhung the orchestra or was of the stadium type at the rear. Circa 1940, the Tudor’s double feature programs changed three times a week, on Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday.

DavidHurlbutt on March 7, 2005 at 5:17 pm

The picture in WEEGEE’S NAKED CITY(p.89) is of a corpse of a man killed in an auto accident.Two policemen stand over the newspaper-covered body. In the background is the marquee of the TUDOR which advertises Irene Dunne in Joy of Living and Don’t Turn Them Loose.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 26, 2005 at 12:40 pm

Here’s the Tudor marquee, extracted from the famous Weegee photo taken in 1942. Both movies were reissues:

AlAlvarez on February 18, 2010 at 9:01 pm

The Tudor is still listed in the 1953 Film Daily Yearbook.

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