Caribe Theater

876 Amsterdam Avenue,
New York, NY 10025

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I found the Caribe Theater on a website. (Click the link below for a photo) Text with photo reads as follows:

“The art deco-style Caribe Theater at 876 Amsterdam Avenue at West 104th Street on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in 1952. The building was on the 22 acre site designated to become Frederick Douglass Houses. Completed May 31, 1958, the project is located between West 100th and West 104th Streets, from Manhattan to Amsterdam Avenues”.

Any further information on this theater would be appreciated.

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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on August 13, 2005 at 4:48 am

This theatre is not listed in any Film Daily Year Book, which suggests that it was purpose-built to serve the Spanish-speaking community and never showed mainstream Hollywood films (unless possibly in Spanish dubbed or sub-titled versions). I also could find no other theatre listed for that address, so I don’t think it was a conversion of one that already existed.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on December 25, 2006 at 12:35 am

This theatre is mentioned in Rogelio Agrasanchez, Jr.’s excellent book MEXICAN MOVIES I N THE UNITED STATES.

The CARIBE and the ARDEN are listed as being the same theatre.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on March 2, 2010 at 8:10 am

The Caribe is listed in the 1953 Film Daily Yearbook. It is no longer listed in the 1959 edition.

Movieplace
Movieplace on July 19, 2012 at 5:54 pm

I think that this theater was once called the Alden and actually on Columbus Avenue. The Douglas Houses replaced rows of buildings between 100th Street and 104th street from Amsterdam to Columbus. I am posting a picture that was taken sometime between 1938 and 1940. The 9th Avenue El is still there so it is prior to it’s demolition in 1940.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on July 19, 2012 at 6:55 pm

Movieplace, the Alden was the Regency and Arden is here.

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