Waldorf Theatre

116 W. 50th Street,
New York, NY 10020

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Waldorf Theatre

The Waldorf Theatre was opened October 20, 1926 with the play “Sure Thing”. It was designed by architect Herbert J. Krapp. The over-1,000 seat theatre with seating in orchestra and balcony levels stood on W. 50th Street at 6th Avenue. The Waldorf Theatre operated as a marginally successful legitimate house until fall of 1933.

The orchestra seating area and the stage were converted into retail use, and the balcony was extened forwar to create a movie theatre. The relatively small theatre was no match for its enormous nearby neighbors, the Roxy Theatre and the Radio City Music Hall and lasted as a movie house until 1941, when the entire building was converted over to retail use. The former theatre was razed in 1967-68 to make way for construction of the Rockefeller Center’s Exxon Building.

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RobertR
RobertR on May 29, 2005 at 5:15 am

I can’t believe I never heard of this theatre. Was it directly across the street from the RCMH?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on November 23, 2009 at 9:13 am

This was already listed as a movie house in the 1937 Film Daily Year Book.

rivest266
rivest266 on September 26, 2013 at 2:26 pm

La «Blanche Neige et les 7 Nains" annonce du 8 Avril, 1939 a été téléchargé dans la section photo pour ce cinéma.

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