Little Lenox Theatre

52 East 78th Street,
New York, NY 10021

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The Little Lenox Theatre was primarily a live performance space but, through much of the 1930s, presented matinee movies for children on Fridays and Saturdays.

It was, at various times, also known as the Lenox Theatre (1917-1918), not to be confused with the uptown Lenox Theatre at Lenox Ave. and W. 111th, and the Lenox Hill Theatre (1923-1925), not to be confused with the later Lenox Hill Theatre at 331 East 70th Street. For a brief period, the performance space was known as the East 78th Street Playhouse (1963-1964).

I believe the theatre and the building in which it was situated were part of Finch College, which closed in the mid-1970s, and that the edifice still stands as a 40-unit cooperative apartment building.

More information (and inevitable argument about whether this theatre should be listed) would be welcome.

Contributed by Damien Farley

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 30, 2005 at 5:15 am

Listed in the Film Daily Yearbook;1930 edition as the Little Lenox Theatre with a seating capacity of 251.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on May 1, 2006 at 9:07 am

This advertised in the NY Times in the early thirties as the LENOX LITTLE THEATRE.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on August 10, 2007 at 9:35 am

There was a Lenox Theatre showing movies in 1968.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on November 16, 2009 at 12:49 pm

This listed in the 1937 Film Daily Yearbook as the Lenox House.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on October 4, 2013 at 10:08 am

The ad from October 7, 1933, recently posted by Tinseltoes would corroborate AlAlvarez’s post above, that the theater was advertised as the Lenox Little Theatre. Is there any confirmation as to whether or not the Little officially came before the Lenox in the theater’s appellation?

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