St. Marks Cinema

133 2nd Avenue,
New York, NY 10003

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Functions: Office Space, Retail

Previous Names: Astor Theatre, St. Marks Theatre

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Peter Falk in a scene from TV's

Listed in the American Motion Picture Directory:1914-1915 edition as the Astor Theatre. By the time the 1926 edition of Film Daily Yearbook was published it had changed its name to St. Marks Theatre.

Later, this was a second-run theatre in Manhattan’s East Village on the northwest corner of St. Marks Place and 2nd Avenue. In the 1980’s it was a second run theatre offering films at a discount compared to what other films in Manhattan charged. They would run double bills and sometimes independent films. I believed they had midnight screenings each night of classic films. A Gap (since closed) replaced the theatre. By 2019 it was in use as a Verizon phone store and office space.

Contributed by Christopher Heaney

Recent comments (view all 27 comments)

PeggyBarnett on June 17, 2009 at 3:26 pm

We lived on the Bowery near the St. Marks from the 60’s thru the 80’s. It was fondly nicknamed “The Itch”. Nobody dared sit in the front row because it was reserved for the “Hell’s Angels” who occupied a whole tenement on 5th St. and 1st Ave. Everyone was stoned. I remember a triple feature of “Eraserhead”, “Freaks”, and at midnight “El Topo” ( or El Poto"). After the show we staggred out and had cabbage soup at the Kiev. Those were the days.

debkakes on August 25, 2009 at 12:04 pm

Drinks at St. Marks Bar & Grill, then on the St. Marks Cinema for double-feature picture show! Early 80’s on Lower East Side a vague but happy memory…the air just smelled and felt different there than the rest of the city. Sigh.

MDchanic on December 14, 2009 at 6:00 pm

I went to Stuyvesant High on 15th between 1st and 2nd, and used to go to the St. Marks for a double feature every now and then in the late ‘70’s / early '80’s – it was 25 or 50 cents to get in, no tickets, you walked through a single turnstile past the box office. Always double features, and the bill changed every week on Thursday.

Saw Monty Python and the Holy Grail there.
Made out with my first girlfriend in the back row one afternoon – ‘till we got the flashlight from the usher.

It still feels wrong every time I walk past where the marquee used to be.

kencmcintyre on December 26, 2009 at 12:46 pm

The St. Marks can be seen in Paul Mazursky’s “Moscow on the Hudson”. The two films on the marquee were “Exposed” and “An Unmarried Woman”. I’m not familiar with the first, but the second was also a Mazursky film.

DavidZornig on September 5, 2015 at 9:29 am

Circa 1930’s photo added, Ottendorfer Branch of the NYPL. Photo credit Victor Volnar/NYPL

DavidZornig on November 23, 2015 at 7:56 pm

1963 photo added. Peter Falk in a scene from TV’s “Naked City” Photo courtesy of Bob Greenhouse. St. Marks marquee in the background.

areacode212 on January 4, 2016 at 6:06 pm

Phyllis Nagy, who wrote the screenplay for Carol, just gave a shoutout to this theater in her NYFCC award acceptance speech.

jarkin on February 9, 2016 at 1:30 am

Saw a midnight screening of ‘The Shining’ here in ‘81 and thought it was awesome. Always wondered where this place disappeared into.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on February 9, 2016 at 6:32 pm

Loved the double bills and the midnight shows. I saw the original Blade Runner (with narration) here several times.

DavidZornig on January 26, 2017 at 12:39 pm

June 25, 1934 photo added, photo credit Percy Loomis Sperr.

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