256 West 145th Street,
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According to the date plaque in the stonework on the upper part of the facade, the Odeon Theatre opened in 1910 and was first used as a vaudville theatre (with some motion picture use) and is listed as operating as a full time movie theatre in 1925. For many years it was operated by the same chain that operated the nearby Roosevelt Theatre on Seventh Avenue and the Douglas Theatre on Lennox Avenue.
It is listed in Film Daily Yearbooks 1930-1933 and 1940-1955 as being a “Negro theatre” catering to African-American audiences.
It is not listed in F.D.Y. in the mid-1950’s, although I believe it closed as a movie theatre c.1961.
It is currently in use as St. Paul Community Church, but has faded painted signs still visible on the upper side walls stating ‘Odeon Theatre, 145th Street’.
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