RKO Hamilton Theatre

3560 Broadway,
New York, NY 10031

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RKO Hamilton

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The Hamilton Theatre was opened in 1913 for B.S. Moss. Since closing in 1958, the building has been used as a church, a boxing auditorium, and in 1985, a disco. Since then, the lobby area of the former RKO Hamilton Theatre was converted into retail space, while the auditorium is currently unused.

When viewed in June 2013, the retail in the former foyer had moved out, and the space was available ‘For Lease’.

Contributed by William Gabel

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Matt Lambros
Matt Lambros on November 7, 2011 at 8:14 am

I recently photographed the Hamilton. Check out the post at After the Final Curtain

Bway on November 9, 2011 at 12:13 pm

Wow, great spread of photos and article!

dougmarino on February 14, 2012 at 1:22 pm

so is this theatre landmark protected? who actually owns it today? I’m interested to know if that’s the reason why there are stores all around the ground level but there is such a massive un-used (and potentially valuable) space just behind it just decaying. i guess it just costs too much money to re-habilitate the space and the owners are just happy to rent the ground floor commercial space.

iatse311 on April 1, 2013 at 5:03 pm


Movieplace on April 2, 2013 at 2:44 pm

We are losing, by degrees, the structures that make New York City special. Pretty soon this town will look like every other city. When will we learn, that almost every real estate investor is only looking for the fast return? How will a condo on the site of the Hamilton contribute to the history and to what makes New York special? It won’t, but it will make this developer some money.

Is Harry Cipriani the only group that sees potential in these beautiful old spaces? Look at the old Bowery Bank branch across from Grand Central Terminal or the Cipriani Ballroom on Wall Street. The idea is not copy protected, so why isn’t any other developer trying to use what is there. Why do we have to lose the old Loew’s Victoria and potentially the Hamilton?

These places, so much part of the fabric of this city, are irreplaceable on many levels. No one does that kind of plasterwork anymore for one thing. Another aspect of the possible destruction of the Hamilton is, to quote Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, “Is it not cruel to let our city die by degrees, stripped of all her proud monuments, until there will be nothing left of all her history and beauty to inspire our children? If they are not inspired by the past of our city, where will they find the strength to fight for her future? Americans care about their past, but for short term gain they ignore it and tear down everything that matters. Maybe‚Ķ this is the time to take a stand, to reverse the tide, so that we won’t all end up in a uniform world of steel and glass boxes.” We will be judged no by what we have built, but by what we have destroyed.

LuisV on March 14, 2014 at 11:29 am

The New York Times showcases this beautiful theater, slated to be developed but large parts of the theater may be preserved.


LuisV on March 14, 2014 at 11:31 am

Trying again: [http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/16/realestate/the-hamilton-theaters-changing-act.html?_r=0] (RKO Hamilton)

LuisV on March 14, 2014 at 11:32 am

Hmmm, unable to make the link work but here it is to cut and paste. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/16/realestate/the-hamilton-theaters-changing-act.html?_r=0

iatse311 on December 9, 2014 at 12:47 pm



iatse311 on December 9, 2014 at 12:49 pm

without the http:// http://cdm16694.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/p16124coll2/id/28121/rec/7

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