Mecca Theatre

227-241 Avenue A,
New York, NY 10009

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Mecca Theatre, on New York's East Side in 1926

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bamtino on September 11, 2005 at 5:05 am

Purchased by MetLife, for the aforementioned building of Stuyvesant Town, in 1943, the theatre’s address was 227-241 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009 (?).
Since the address, and indeed, the section of Avenue A upon which it rested, no longer exists, it will not map properly and I can’t be certain of the zip code.

Judith Thissen
Judith Thissen on November 6, 2007 at 8:58 pm

There was a small movie theater at 235 Avenue A as early as 1908. According to the Trow’s Business Directory, it was run by one I. Decristofore in 1908 and one Joseph Totora in 1909 (probably Italian nickelodeon operators). The Graves' Motion Picture Theater Directory of 1918 lists the house under the name Fingers (?) Theater.

Like many independent theater owners, Charles Steiner lost control over most of ‘his’ theaters in the mid 1930s as a result of the Depression and unfair competition from Hollywood-owned theaters.

Judith Thissen
Judith Thissen on November 7, 2007 at 9:11 am

In 1922, the theater at 235 Avenue A was known as the East Side Beauty Theater.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on November 7, 2007 at 1:06 pm

The American Motion Picture Directory;1914-1915 edition lists a Royal Theatre at 235 Avenue A.

Judith Thissen
Judith Thissen on November 7, 2007 at 4:04 pm

There was a New 14th Street Theater located at 235-237 E 14th Street. It was built in 1915 and operated by the SWS chain, which also ran the Sunshine Theater and the American Movies Theater.

ChungWong on July 19, 2013 at 2:58 am

14th Street Theatre was at 107 W 14th St. Originally Theatre Francais (1866) then Lyceum but perhaps most known as Civic Reportory Theatre (1926). Demolished 1938. Berenice Abbott took a photo just beforehand:

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