Venice Theatre

205-209 Park Row,
New York, NY 10038

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The Venice Motion Picture Theatre was in operation by 1914. By 1948, it had converted to Chinese programming.

Any additional information about this theatre would be appreciated.

Contributed by Damien Farley

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 29, 2005 at 9:53 am

The Venice Theatre is listed in the American Motion Picture Directory 1914 -1915. Various editions of Film Daily Yearbook give it a seating capacity of 600. In the 1950 edition of F.D.Y. seating is given as 650.

RickB
RickB on August 29, 2005 at 4:12 pm

In 1940 Joseph Mitchell wrote a profile of the Venice’s co-owner/box office clerk, Mazie Gordon, for the New Yorker. It was reprinted in two collections of Mitchell’s work, McSorley’s Wonderful Saloon (1943) and Up in the Old Hotel (1992). According to Mitchell the theater was opened in an existing building in 1914 and named for a favorite restaurant of the original owner, a gambler and entrepreneur named Louis Gordon. In 1918 Gordon turned the theater over to his wife Rosie, who eventually shared ownership with her sisters. (Mazie was one of the sisters; she assumed Gordon’s last name for reasons she declined to reveal for publication.) In 1940 it was a ten-cent double-feature house, open from 8 a.m. to midnight, with a clientele of Bowery bums and tenement dwellers.

jflundy
jflundy on December 15, 2007 at 3:54 pm

Mazie also owned a Merry-Go-Round in Coney Island in the 1940’s besides being part owner and frequent cashier at the Venice Theater.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on November 29, 2009 at 9:57 pm

There is a picture of the Venice here:
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Bway
Bway on August 31, 2010 at 5:14 pm

Here’s a photo of the Venice:

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