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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KenRoe
KenRoe on March 1, 2005 at 9:37 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 2:30 pm

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.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 1, 2005 at 2:34 pm

There were two other Tuxedo theaters that I know of in NYC. One was on Ocean Parkway in Brooklyn and the other was on Jerome Ave. in the Bronx. The one in Brooklyn is already listed on here.

DavidHurlbutt
DavidHurlbutt on March 1, 2005 at 4:17 pm

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 9:53 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.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 4, 2005 at 2:55 am

This is the property report for this address. There is an ofice building located here today with a build date of 1955. This theater had to be closed by the early 50’s at the latest.

650 3 Avenue, Murray Hill, New York 10017

Block & Lot #: 01296 – 0046
Building Class: Office Building, 10+ Stories – Main Ave Type (O3)
School District: 2 map/schools
City Council District: 4
Police Precinct: 17 (Crime Statistics)
Political Contributions: search
BUILDING CHARACTERISTICS
Zoning C5-3
Building Size (F x D): 420.00ft x 197.50ft
Lot Size (F x D): –
Building Height: –
Total Gross Area of Building:
Year Built: 1955
Historic District?: No
Corner Lot?: No
Has Garage?:
Number of Floors: 10+

Units: 0

FAR as built: 18.67
Allowable FAR: 15.00

Value of this building in 2005 is $305,000,000.

DavidHurlbutt
DavidHurlbutt on March 8, 2005 at 1:17 am

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 8:40 pm

Here’s the Tudor marquee, extracted from the famous Weegee photo taken in 1942. Both movies were reissues:
www.i8.photobucket.com/albums/a18/Warrengwhiz/128-2879_IMG.jpg

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on February 19, 2010 at 5:01 am

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

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