Eagle Theatre

1852 Third Avenue,
New York, NY 10029

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Eagle Theatre

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This nearly forgotten neighborhood cinema on the Upper East Side is listed in the 1926 Film Daily Year Book as the Eagle Theatre, with 600 seats. But in the 1927 FDYB, the name changes to New Eagle Theatre and the seating capacity to 1,800, suggesting that the original Eagle Theatre was demolished to make way for a much larger one. The “New” was eventually dropped from the Eagle’s name, and later editions of the FDYB also show a reduced seating capacity of 1,294.

The Eagle Theatre made its last appearance in FDYBs in the 1956 edition. It probably closed due to competition from home TV, but it’s also possible that, like some other theatres in the area, it switched to showing Spanish-language movies as the Eagle Theatre or under a different name.

A NYC Property Search of the address shows a “miscellaneous store building” with a market value of $698,000.

Contributed by Warren G. Harris

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Bway on May 26, 2009 at 9:02 am

Can you see any ornamentation in the store itself? The photo linked above is of the balcony view, but that’s only a warehouse I think.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on May 27, 2010 at 1:19 pm

Image number 4 is the Eagle interior.

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bigjoe59 on February 3, 2011 at 10:08 am

was this theater ever known as the Metro ?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on February 3, 2011 at 11:39 am

The Metro is on the west side, Chris.

CULLENDORN on December 8, 2011 at 8:36 am

I remember the Eagle Theatre was the place to go as a child, where one can see the main feature, a grade-B movie, a comedy, and a cartoon … all for 35 cents. Those were the days!

cano717 on December 17, 2011 at 5:15 am

does anyone have any old photos showing the facade of the eagle theater at 1852 third ave nyny 10029….

DSILVA48 on April 23, 2013 at 6:23 pm

I remember going there with my mom when I was a child… for all the events !

jtology on June 15, 2013 at 1:46 pm

I grew up just a few blocks from the Eagle Theatre during the 60’s through it’s closing in the early 80’s. As far as I can remember, they rarely if ever played Spanish speaking movies, to the contrary, the movies I remember were all types of American movies… Sinbad adv entures, Roman Empire movies, comedies, horror movies, musicals, spaghetti Westerns, Kung-Fu movies, blaxpoitation movies and everything in between. As far as who owned it, I could be wrong here but I remember someone named Frank Maldonado buying it last. He was a music promoter or host of some sort in P.R. and he bought the Eagle theatre and operated it through it’s last years as a movie theatre before selling it and buying an apartment building and a nightclub he operated in Corona Queens named “Internationals'. I have so many memories of the Eagle Theatre. The free Christmas shows sponsored by Morris of Toyland on 105th St, the all day shows of the Planet of the Apes collection of movies, or Sinbad Adventure movies or other similar collections. I remember running around the balcony as a kid with my friends or going on our first dates and trying to put our arm around our date to steal a first kiss.. lmbo. Mostly I remember it being a place close by where you and your friends could hang out and for $5 you got to see a movie or two, had a large soda, large popcorn and candy and came back home with fun memories and change for your mom. Ahhh the good old days.

robboehm on June 16, 2013 at 10:22 am

Now for $5.00 you can’t get any ONE of the above.

zoetmb on March 20, 2015 at 2:05 pm

In December of 1975, it was playing “Let’s Do It Again”. Source: NY Times advertisement for the film.

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