Fortune Theatre

62 E. Fourth Street,
New York, NY 10003

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Tinseltoes on May 14, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Mentioned as the Fortune Theatre in this recent article: forgotten-ny

poman on June 9, 2009 at 6:16 pm

This was an off-Broadway house called Theatre 62 for a while, but in July of 1967 it made the national news as the Channel One video theater as a showcase for the satirical “Channel One Underground Television” productions that eventually became the 1974 motion picture THE GROOVE TUBE (named after Channel One’s fourth production, a compilation of the best skits from their three previous shows “First Production,” “Second Production,” and “Fugue Tube”). The theater had three 21-inch b&w television sets hanging from the ceiling that showed the Channel One programs on closed-circuit videocassette (usually 90 minutes in length). “The Groove Tube” show became so popular in 1969 that a second theater was added (Theater East at 211 East 60th Street) and soon the Channel One founders – Ken Shapiro & Lane Sarasohn – were franchising the tapes to college campuses and performance spaces across the country. I think Channel One moved out in 1970.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 17, 2008 at 7:32 pm

This site has some information about this building including a few photos. From that same site:

“In 2005, the Rod Rodgers Dance Company and DUO Theatre purchased the building from the city. The building is to be used for not for profit arts use in perpetuity”.

It appears that they are using two of the five floors.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 17, 2008 at 7:15 pm

As I posted three years ago, the Duo Theater is located here. I don’t know if the theater occupies the entire building or only part of it.

kencmcintyre on July 17, 2008 at 6:42 pm

Here is a photo taken from Google maps. The white sign says “Theater Rentals”.

verranth1 on February 25, 2008 at 11:01 am

As far as I know, this was a theatre owned by none other than Andy Warhol in the late sixties. It did indeed show adult fare and had the distinction of having Joe Dallesandro (Warhol Superstar) be a projectionist there as well have a revolving door of male clients who visited Dallesandro during the show.

AlAlvarez on May 1, 2006 at 5:14 am

As far as I can tell this location only ran one film, MALE MAGAZINE, in the late sixties for a few weeks and even that appears to have been a gimmick at turning gay porn loops into performance art. The Fortune should probably be delisted here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 9, 2005 at 9:13 pm

This building has been around since 1920.

62 East 4 Street, East Village, New York 10003

Block & Lot #: 00459 – 0017
Building Class: Off Broadway Type Theatre (J7)
School District: 1 map/schools
City Council District: 2
Police Precinct: 9 (Crime Statistics)
Political Contributions: search
Zoning R7-2
Building Size (F x D): 25.00ft x 100.00ft
Lot Size (F x D): 25.00ft x 192.33ft
Building Height: 60
Total Gross Area of Building:
Year Built: 1920
Historic District?: No
Corner Lot?: No
Has Garage?: No
Number of Floors: 5

Units: –

FAR as built: 2.60
Allowable FAR: 3.44

Jun 01, 2005 $683,000
May 01, 2004 $643,000
Apr 01, 2003 $709,000
Mar 01, 2002 $678,000
Feb 01, 2001 $672,000
1 Market value obtain from the NYC Department of Finance

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 9, 2005 at 9:10 pm

This building still exists. I think its called the Duo Theater now, a live performance theater. There is a small photo of the building at this website:
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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 9, 2005 at 8:54 pm

The Fortune Theater was located at 62 E 4th St. It must have changed to a live theater. I found a NY Times article about a one man show being performed there in 1970.
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