Players Theatre

115 MacDougal Street,
New York, NY 11012

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A 1965 ad proclaimed this “New York’s Premiere Avant Garde and Experimental Film Showcase”.

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 9, 2005 at 6:27 pm

The street name should be MacDougal St. The City gives a build date of 1950 for this building. It is currently listed under restaurant.
Cafe Wha?
115 Macdougal St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 254-3706
Admission: Fri-Sat $10; Thu $5

KenRoe
KenRoe on June 10, 2005 at 4:11 am

Now called the Playhouse Theatre. When I passed by the other day it was closed (nothing being staged) and the building is up for sale. It seems like it is a multiple use building with the Cafe Wha? restaurant in the basement, a theatre at first floor level and a reheasal space above

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 8, 2006 at 3:03 pm

The first c/o that I have found that mentions a theater at this address is dated June 5, 1962. At that time there is a 299 seat theater located here.

KenRoe
KenRoe on August 16, 2006 at 6:01 pm

A play by David Barth ‘Hard Right’ was being staged at the Players Theatre when I took this photograph in May 2006:
http://flickr.com/photos/kencta/217086443/

DixonSteele
DixonSteele on September 6, 2007 at 9:05 pm

This theater was bought by a new owner who was reportedly pouring millions into it to make a state of the art playhouse/studios complex.

I’ve seen various off-Broadway shows here and never understood why it was so long and narrow. Until I read the above and realized it was a film theater first.

Viva Cinema Treasures!!

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 3, 2008 at 4:05 pm

Built in 1907 and converted into a theatre in the late 1940’s according to the Players Theatre website.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 4, 2008 at 3:36 am

Here is a photo from 2004.

Players
Players on August 10, 2008 at 3:24 pm

I’m the new owner of the Players Theatre who brought the building in September of 2006. Didn’t pour millions in as the posting above suggests but we did do some renovations. I am familiar with the cinema history of the venue and I am interested in bring this back into the theatre schedule. If there’s anyone interested is running such a series they should contact me. Correct phone number for theatre is 212-475-1449. You can also contact me through the website: www.theplayerstheatre.com
Sincerely, Michael Sgouros, Players Theatre

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