Windsor Theatre

412 Grand Street,
New York, NY 10002

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The Windsor Theatre exhibited motion pictures prior to 1914 until at least 1953.

In 1906, the building at this location was known as the New Windsor Theatre and, in the late-19th and early-20th centuries, a Windsor Hall, often used for public meetings, was located here.

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 29, 2005 at 3:06 pm

Listed in the American Motion Picture Directory 1914 -1915 as the Windsor Theatre.

Film Daily Yearbook;1926 edition gives a seating capacity as 520 for the Windsor Theatre. In the F.D.Y. 1930 and 1941 editions it has 400 seats. Seating is given as 460 in the 1943 edition of F.D.Y and back to 400 in the 1950 edition.

jrobertclark on August 14, 2007 at 11:31 am

This theater, though long closed, is an infamous location in the history of New York underground film: Its roof served as the location for Jack Smith’s groundbreaking (and allegedly obscene)“Flaming Creatures!”

I’ll add more info when I can access my archives (currently in storage).

kencmcintyre on January 2, 2010 at 7:16 pm

There is a Rite Aid at the location now. No trace of the theater or its adjacent buildings on Grand, as seen in the 1931-32 photo.

Tinseltoes on January 8, 2010 at 4:49 pm

The Windsor Theatre showed movies until at least 1962, according to a report in The New York Times on 9/5/62. At that time, the Windsor had only recently closed as an “action house,” often with triple features, and was due to re-open on October 1st as a revival venue specializing in Hollywood product from the late silent and early sound eras. The Windsor had been leased by Walter Langsford, a partner in the Charles Theatre, which no longer would book such revivals. Langsford told the NYT that he intended to remodel the Windsor, which would have 320 seats. In addition to new decor and equipment, the Windsor would include a “film museum” displaying old projectors, posters, stills, and other items that had been accumulating since the early 1900s. I don’t know if any of that actually happened. I could find no references to the Windsor in the NYT after that article, which was written by staffer-critic Eugene Archer.

AlAlvarez on January 21, 2010 at 6:00 am

Opening shortly at the Windsor…

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