Loew's Sheridan Theatre

200-202 W. 12th Street,
New York, NY 10011

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Loew's Sheridan Theatre exterior being razed

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This 2,342-seat theatre was located at Seventh Avenue and W. 12th Street, in the western portion of New York’s famed Greenwich Village. It was opened in 1921, and was taken over by Loew’s in December 1926.

After years of light attendance, the balcony was closed and soon, the theater itself was shuttered in 1969. That same year, St. Vincent’s Hospital, located across Seventh Avenue from the Sheridan, purchased the theater’s triangular lot, with the intention of building a nurses residence. The hospital demolished the theater soon after, but the land wound up being used as a community garden.

Today, nothing remains of this theater. The lot is still in use by St. Vincent’s, but simply as a receiving station for various supplies. Yet another Loew’s palace that is but a ghost of its former self.

Although the theater is gone, it was immortalized by Edward Hopper in his 1937 painting, The Sheridan Theater.

Contributed by John Chappell

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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on November 8, 2008 at 8:08 am

The link in the introduction to Edward Hopper’s legendary painting no longer works. Here’s a new one:
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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on November 9, 2008 at 8:42 am

Demolition started in the summer of 1969, and took several months. Though Loew’s had been earning profits from the Sheridan, the circuit was only a lease-holder and had to vacate when the owner sold the building and its underlying ground to St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center. A long article and photo of the auditorium in the process of demolition can be found in The New York Times of August 28, 1969. I’d be happy to send a copy to those contacting me privately at .com.

robboehm
robboehm on March 7, 2009 at 5:50 am

I became aware of this thatre a number of years ago while attending an off Broadway show which I believe was called In Gay Company. There was a song in that show that one character sang that he met his one true love in the balcony of Loew’s Sheridan Square.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on April 13, 2009 at 9:13 am

A sad time at the Sheridan.

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TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on November 4, 2009 at 3:41 pm

Nice site and pictures,those were the days!

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on February 17, 2010 at 7:13 pm

Love the old verticals and other signs.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 27, 2010 at 10:54 am

Great Looking theatre.From 1966.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on December 28, 2010 at 2:10 pm

So, St. Vincent’s buys the theater, tears it down and never builds anything, leaving a vacant lot. 40 years later St. Vincent’s is out of business. Karma is a bitch. Fuck them.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on April 1, 2012 at 5:41 pm

Link to Life magazine, then scroll through to page 57, 58, etc. (Just close the pop-up offer to join.) There’s a lot of interesting stuff in this special nostalgia issue.

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