New Europe Theatre

1499 First Avenue,
New York, NY 10021

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Showing German-language films at least as early as 1931 when it was known as UFA Cosmopolitan Deutsche Sprechfilm Theatre, this theatre allegedly began its life as a nickelodeon in 1909.

In 1932, it became known as the Tobis Theatre and would continue to show foreign-language films (often Hungarian) by that name until its next change, to Europe Theatre, in 1938.

The theatre underwent a final name change, to New Europe in 1947, and, beginning in 1953, became home to a Jehovah’s Witnesses church.

Contributed by Damien Farley

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 8, 2005 at 9:42 am

Listed in the American Motion Picture Directory 1914 – 1915 as the Yorkville Hippodrome, 78th Street, New York, NY.

In the 1926 and 1927 editions of Film Daily Yearbooks it is still listed as the Yorkville Hippodrome, 1499 First Avenue, New York, NY with a seating capacity of 300. In the 1930 edition of F.D.Y. it is listed with the same name and address but the seating capacity is given as 309 and it is ‘Closed’.

The next edition of F.D.Y. that I have (1941) has no theatre listed at this address, however in the 1943 edition of F.D.Y. it is listed as the Europe Theatre, 1st Avenue with a seating capacity of 309. In the 1950 edition of F.D.Y. it is still the Europe Theatre, 1499 1st Avenue with a seating capacity of 306. Gone from listings in 1957.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on May 10, 2006 at 3:26 pm

Advertised as the 78th Street Playhouse for the run of RESERVE ON FURLOUGH in April 1932.

jeffg718
jeffg718 on August 13, 2006 at 7:35 am

Here is a recent photo of the former Europe Theatre. http://mysite.verizon.net/vze7r9g5/europetheatre/

jeffg718
jeffg718 on August 13, 2006 at 7:35 am

Here is a recent photo of the former Europe Theatre. http://mysite.verizon.net/vze7r9g5/europetheatre/

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on February 24, 2010 at 10:51 pm

Before this became the German Tobis Kino it was Das Deutschen Sprecfilm theatre by early 1932. Prior to that it may have even been closed for a few years after a projection booth fire in March of 1929.

I can’t find any record of it ever being called the UFA Cosmopolitan. In fact, the UFA Cosmopolitan from 1923 to 1931 was the International on Columbus Circle.

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stang119
stang119 on January 21, 2013 at 11:47 am

jeffg718’s photo should be at the top of this entry. Not some obscure street view. (Too many of these on the site) http://mysite.verizon.net/vze7r9g5/europetheatre/

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on January 21, 2013 at 11:56 am

stang119, it has to be uploaded for that to happen and only jeffg718 has that right.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on January 25, 2013 at 11:19 am

I’ve posted a possible image of the marquee in the Photos Section. If it proves wrong, I’ll delete it.

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