Palestine Theater

11 Clinton Street,
New York, NY 10002

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Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 15, 2013 at 10:16 am

Warren Harris never posted actual photos of the theatre, just portions of the paper programme displayed in the introduction.

robboehm
robboehm on July 15, 2013 at 7:30 am

Warren Harris is no longer active on this site. He took the links with him when he left.

skillz
skillz on July 15, 2013 at 6:59 am

Mr. warren G Harris. were those links to actual PICS of the Winston Theater? Wow. They seem to be dead now. Can U re upload or inbox me with them. I’d appreciate it. It’s for a page of the Lower east Side we’re working on. TY.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on November 8, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Seems to me that the status of this theater should be updated to “Demolished.” It looks like the facade seen in the street view above is nothing but a brick wall, behind which there appears to be an accessory lot for one of the adjoining buildings.

rmain1952
rmain1952 on November 8, 2011 at 6:55 am

I remember this theater growing up on the lower east side – I lived in the projects on Columbia Street and Houston Street. My friends and I used to go there and spend the day for less than $.75 on at least 2 movies and it included the popcorn and the drink. I have fond memories of this place. later in life as a teenager I worked in a movie theater in Brooklyn NY called the Granada on Church Avenue off of Nostrand- I guess the theater was in my blood. Thanks for the memories.

cinemajosie
cinemajosie on January 22, 2011 at 10:53 pm

I went to movies at that theater, on the west side of Clinton Street just below Houston, at least once a week in the early-mid 1960s. At that time it was known as the Winston. Admission was cheap, seventy-five cents, for two movies. As I recall, the fare was a mixture of 1950s and 1960s films, I would say A and B type films.

stan740230
stan740230 on August 31, 2009 at 9:06 am

I went to the Palestine/Winston when I grew up on the Lower East Side. They played a lot of sci-fi movies, such as ‘War of the World" w/Gene Barry & “When Worlds Collide” by George Pal. On the corner of Houston & Clinton, there was a lunchonette, where we got lime rickeys and pretzels.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 22, 2008 at 4:53 pm

The NYT had the theater in the wrong borough in this July 1951 article:

2 BANDITS ROB THEATRE; Brooklyn Telegraph Office Also Held Up by Lone Raider

Two armed men held up the manager of the Palestine Theatre, 11 Clinton Street, Brooklyn, yesterday afternoon, bound and gagged him and got $377 from the office safe.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 17, 2007 at 4:46 pm

Perhaps in honor of Winston Churchill, who played a major role in the partition of Palestine?

Astyanax
Astyanax on July 17, 2007 at 1:33 pm

Into the 60’s the Palestine was renamed the Winston.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 20, 2007 at 4:25 am

Despite its name, the Palestine was a mainstream movie house, but Yiddish films were probably shown there from time to time. The Palestine was one of four cinemas on the Lower East Side that were built around the same time in the 1920s and originally operated by Harry Blunderman and Charles Stemer. The others were the Mecca, Apollo (later leased to Loew’s), and the Ruby. I believe that all have listings at Cinema Treasures…What is the evidence for the later name of Winston? The theatre is still listed as Palestine in the 1957 Film Daily Year Book, which was the last of those annuals to carry names and addresses of New York City cinemas. It seems possible that the name was changed to distance the theatre from political and religious debate over the partitioning of the so-called “Holy Land.”

Joe1S1oane
Joe1S1oane on May 19, 2007 at 1:05 pm

Cool, Warren!
This brought me back.
I could have sworn it was on Avenue B, but the facts speak louder (and clearer) than memories.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 19, 2007 at 5:09 am

The Palestine used an advertising address of Clinton Street near Houston. Here is a 1940 paper programme that would have been four pages when folded. The first image shows the title page at right. The movies were a mix of fairly recent and oldies:
www.i8.photobucket.com/albums/a18/Warrengwhiz/pal01.jpg
www.i8.photobucket.com/albums/a18/Warrengwhiz/pal02.jpg

Joe1S1oane
Joe1S1oane on May 19, 2007 at 4:01 am

CORRECTION: I meant Avenue B (NOT Second Avenue)

Joe1S1oane
Joe1S1oane on May 18, 2007 at 7:13 pm

My memory must be playing tricks on me: I remember the Palestine Movie being on Second Avenue. i went there often in 1953-54 to see double features, mostly black and white 30’s and 40’s classics (never first runs).

jazzie
jazzie on April 24, 2007 at 9:54 pm

The Palestine on Clinton Street just a few steps South off Houston Street had a name change in the early 1960’s, it became the Winston. It was still around during the 1970’s.

EsandSy
EsandSy on July 7, 2006 at 4:06 pm

I think you’re mistaken. The theater you must be thinking of is the Apollo Theater, which was just south of the Williamsburg Bridge on Clinton Street. It was right next to a police station, and closed
either in the late 1940’s or the early 1950’s. It is listed on this Website.

macheath48
macheath48 on July 7, 2006 at 4:11 am

If this is the theater I recall, it was very close to the Williamsburg Bridge and informally called the “Clinton Street Theater”. It was small and off to the east of the Loew’s Delancy and Ratner’s bakery shop.

EsandSy
EsandSy on January 17, 2006 at 4:55 pm

Ron,

I don,t remember the exact movies I saw there, but I know it did not have the first run movies that the big movie chains had. I also remember especially the 15 part serials of Batman, Superman , Dick Tracy that many other movie theaters in the area showed, especially in the late 1940’s. On the Lower East Side you had the Ave B, American Movie, Palestine, Loews Delancy, and the Apollo.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on January 17, 2006 at 3:41 pm

With this name, did it show films (or live shows) of primarily Jewish interest?

EsandSy
EsandSy on January 17, 2006 at 3:31 pm

Who located this theater? I’ve been asking about it under the Academy of Music. In the late 1960’s it still existed as a movie theater. Does anyone know when it closed?