2227 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard,
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The Lafayette Theater opened as a legitimate theater which also presented vaudeville. It stood on Seventh Avenue (now Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Boulevard) at 132nd Street in Harlem. It was one of the first theaters in New York City to de-segregate and allow African-American theatergoers to sit in orchestra seats instead of only in the balcony. Later, like so many other former live theaters, the Lafayette Theater switched to movies.
Around 1950 the Lafayette Theater was converted to a church. It became home to the Williams CME (Christian Methodist Episcopal) church. By April 2013, the church had moved out and the building was in the process of being demolished.
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