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 was closed in the early-1980’s.

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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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on May 27, 2010 at 9:19 pm

Image number 4 is the Eagle interior.

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bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on February 3, 2011 at 6:08 pm

was this theater ever known as the Metro ?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on February 3, 2011 at 7:39 pm

The Metro is on the west side, Chris.

CULLENDORN
CULLENDORN on December 8, 2011 at 4:36 pm

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
cano717 on December 17, 2011 at 1:15 pm

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

DSILVA48
DSILVA48 on April 24, 2013 at 2:23 am

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

jtology
jtology on June 15, 2013 at 9:46 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
robboehm on June 16, 2013 at 6:22 pm

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

zoetmb
zoetmb on March 20, 2015 at 9:05 pm

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

jordanlage
jordanlage on June 21, 2016 at 3:24 pm

Posting a photo of a NY Times ad from June 27, 1975 listing the Eagle as showing The Godfather Part II, a little over 6 months after its premiere at other exclusive-run theaters in Manhattan.

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