Penn Newsreel Theatre

219 West 34th Street,
New York, NY 10123

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 13, 2009 at 1:02 am

A Boxoffice Magazine item of June 24, 1939, contains the terse line “The Penn Newsreel on 34th St. has been demolished.” I wonder if the building itself was knocked down, or if it was merely gutted and converted to some other use? It sounds from the description in the Times that the part of the theater on 35th Street at least had been newly built. It seems unlikely that a new building would have been destroyed unless the site was wanted by a developer for a much larger building.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on January 7, 2009 at 10:01 am

Here’s a September 1938 ad for the short-lived Penn Newsreel, which had boxoffices on both 34th and 35th Streets. One wonders how many patrons entered on 35th, which was not a shopping street and consisted mostly of office buildings catering to the garment industry: View link

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on July 13, 2005 at 4:53 pm

This site has a few other trainĂ¢â‚¬"station newsreel and short-subject theatres listed:

Grand Central Theatre, New York
South Station Theatre, Boston
Newsreel Theatre, Cincinnati
Victoria Station News Theatre, London
Cineac Montparnasse, Paris
Cineac Saint Lazare, Paris