1852 Third Avenue,
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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.
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