Stanley Theatre

586 Seventh Avenue,
New York, NY 10036

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 3, 2014 at 9:44 am

This earlier comment by AlAlvarez says that the Stanley was showing movies as early as 1916. Its age, and the fact that it is the only theater listed for this stretch of 7th Avenue, makes it more likely that it was the theater in this item from The American Contractor of July 5, 1913:

“Moving Picture Theater (seating capacity 800): 2 sty. 60x90. $35,000. W. S. Seventh av., nr. 41st st., New York City. Archt. W. H. Hoffman, Empire bldg., Philadelphia, Pa. Const. Engr. Jas. P. Whiskerman, 30 E. 42d st., New York City. Brick. Bldrs. H. P. Wright & Co., 30 E. 42d st., New York City. Excavation finished. Plumbing let to Savoy Plumbing Co., 162 Prince st., New York City.”
W. H. Hoffman was, of course, the senior partner in the Philadelphia architectural firm of Hoffman & Henon, specialists in theater design.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on March 11, 2010 at 8:02 am

Mark Rivest has the only photo I have seen of the Stanley marquee. Check page 63 of his Manhattan collection.

http://movie-theatre.org/usa/ny/NYC/readmanhattan

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 8, 2009 at 6:00 pm

Sorry, that ad was from Gerald DeLuca, not Warren.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 8, 2009 at 5:59 pm

By the way, did you see the Yiddish film that was playing in Warren’s ad of 2/19/08? There was some diversity in this theater.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 8, 2009 at 5:58 pm

This is from Boxoffice magazine in November 1947:

NEW YORK-“Francis the First”, a French film, opened at the Stanley Theater November 19. The theater usually shows first-run Russian product.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 16, 2008 at 9:23 am

In August, 1943, the Stanley Theatre presented the American premiere engagement of “Seeds of Freedom,” which was essentially Sergei Eisenstein’s silent classic, “The Battleship Potemkin,” with a new epilogue and prologue connecting the story to the Soviet Union’s current war with Nazi Germany. “Potemkin” was shown in its entirely, with a new musical soundtrack, sound effects and occasional dubbed dialogue in English. The new footage used American actors and was also in English. “Seeds of Freedom” later contributed to “blacklisting” grief for Aline MacMahon, Henry Hull and scriptwriter Albert Maltz:View link

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on February 19, 2008 at 10:04 am

In November 1948 the Italian film The Spirit and the Flesh premiered at the Stanley. It had been made in 1941 and was based on the great Manzoni novel, I promessi sposi.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on January 11, 2008 at 6:40 am

I wouldn’t call this a “communist sympathizer house.” It was actually run by Artkino, which was an agency of the USSR and controlled the distribution of that country’s movies in the USA. The Stanley became a showcase for Soviet movies, which had a reputation for quality and innovation. When Artkino’s lease of the Stanley ran out, it moved to the Squire Theatre on Eighth Avenue with the same policy.

SPearce
SPearce on January 9, 2008 at 10:06 pm

I am glad to see this movie house is already identified as a communist sympathizer house as I found this movie ad in my trusty May 10, 1946 NYC edition of the (Communist) Daily Worker (reading from top to bottom various type size):

“Has more dramatic excitement than most films in town.” – World-Telegram
K. Simonov's
DAYS AND NIGHTS
An Artkino Release
Now – A Stirring Film
Doors Open 8:45 a.m.
Stanley 7th Ave. bet 42 & 41 STS
Also 1st New York Showing—
“Warsaw Rebuilds” and Soviet “Young Musicians"
Just arrived – first film of "Election Day in the U.S.S.R.” Exclusive pictures of Stalin, Zhukov, Konev, Ilya Ehrenburg, Boris Babushkin, Nikolai Cherkasov and other Soviet celebrities."

So there.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on March 30, 2007 at 2:44 pm

Demolition was announced starting on January 2, 1956 when the Stanley and the National Hotel were both to be replaced by a 15 story textile industry building that has apparently since been demolished as well.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on February 11, 2007 at 5:43 am

A portion of this June 1943 program had just arrived in New York via Pan American “Clipper” service, which flew across the central Atlantic throughout the period of World War II. With the outbreak of the “Cold War” in 1947, the Stanley was a place to avoid if one didn’t want to be branded a “Commie sympathizer”:
www.i8.photobucket.com/albums/a18/Warrengwhiz/stanley60843.jpg

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on December 10, 2006 at 6:58 am

The Stanley’s marquee can be seen at left in this undated image of Broadway looking north. In center distance are the Rialto’s marquee and tower of the Paramount Building:
www.i8.photobucket.com/albums/a18/Warrengwhiz/sovietstanley.jpg

florencedrory
florencedrory on November 1, 2006 at 12:17 pm

hello,
I am writing from France. My father, produced a film “Les clandestins” which was shown at the Stanley in NYC in 1948. Could anyone help me in finding the american adds of the film ?
thanks

RobertR
RobertR on May 25, 2006 at 5:40 pm

Another ad for “Ravaged Earth”

View link

RobertR
RobertR on October 25, 2005 at 5:28 pm

Here is an ad for “Ravaged Earth” at the Stanley in 1944
View link

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on May 22, 2005 at 3:07 am

The Stanley was advertised as showing films in the New York Times as early as 1916 but started it’s steady life as New York’s premiere Russian cinema in 1941, showing propaganda war films and musicals that hailed the Germans as the enemy even before that was a popular sentiment at the New York Times. Once the US entered the war, the Stanley, always politcal, added anti-Japanese films such as RAVAGED EARTH to its mix of Marxist musicals and war documentaries.

By 1956, at the height of the communist witch hunt, the Stanley disappeared from the movie pages of the New York Times, a likely casualty of the anti-Soviet climate.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 12, 2005 at 4:25 pm

The Stanley Theatre is listed in Film Daily Yearbook, 1950 and 1957 editions that I have.