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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Originally at this address was the Royal/East Side Beauty Theatre which dated back to 1908. The Mecca Theatre was built in 1926 and had opened by May 1927. It was operated by Steiner & Binderman. It was closed around 1943 and was demolished.

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bamtino on September 10, 2005 at 9:05 pm

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 12:58 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 1:11 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 5:06 am

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 8:04 am

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 18, 2013 at 6:58 pm

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:

Jerseryboy on October 5, 2016 at 11:48 am

I have a old program from the mecca theatre nyc there are days listed of the shows but not the year with the following shows june14 “The Cheerful Fraud” Reginald Denny, June 15&16"the understanding heart" Joan Crawford, June 18 “the Texas Streak” hoot Gibson would anyone know when these played

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on October 5, 2016 at 12:18 pm

“The Understanding Heart” is the newest title, opening in NY in early May 1927, so 1927 is a good guess. The other two titles opened in late 1926.

Jerseryboy on October 15, 2016 at 2:21 pm

thank you Al , I didn’t think the program was that old

Jerseryboy on October 15, 2016 at 2:23 pm

I could not fine any information on it

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