Colony Theatre

1519 2nd Avenue,
New York, NY 10075

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Previously operated by: Brandt Theaters, Trans-Lux Movies Corp.

Functions: Synagogue

Previous Names: New Theatre, 79th Street Theatre

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Colony Theatre

The New Theatre was opened prior to 1914. By 1926 it had been renamed 79th Street Theatre. It was renamed Colony Theatre by 1941.

Contributed by William Gabel

Recent comments (view all 10 comments)

jeffg718 on November 22, 2004 at 4:36 pm

I believe that this theatre was later named the Colony, a Trans Lux theatre. It was extensively remodeled in 1959, and became Temple Sharaay Tefila.

jeffg718 on April 9, 2005 at 4:52 pm

Here is a link to a photo (the one in the center) of the 79th Street Theatre when is it was the Colony. Note the demolition of the 2nd Avenue El in progress.

jeffg718 on August 13, 2006 at 5:45 am

Here is a recent photo of the former Colony Theatre, which is now Temple Sharaay Tefila.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 13, 2006 at 7:15 am

Listed in the American Motion Picture Directory 1914-1915 as the New Theatre. The 1926 & 1927 editions of Film Daily Yearbook list it as the 79th Street Theatre with a seating capacity of 666. In the 1930 F.D.Y. it is the Seventy-Ninth Street Theatre with a seating capacity of 1,026.

By the 1941 edition of F.D.Y it has been re-named Colony Theatre and the seating capacity is given as 1,000. In 1943, still the colony, but seating is given as 875. In 1950 it is named as the Colony 79th Street Theatre with seating given as 886. In the 1957 edition of F.D.Y. it is listed, but no seating capacity is given, which usually means it has closed.

jeffg718 on August 15, 2006 at 8:38 am

I was very pleased with valuable comments that followed my recent post on the Colony Theatre. I came into Manhattan last Saturday from my home in Queens primarily to snap the pictures of the former Colony and Europe theatres that I posted. I was born and raised in the Yorkville neighborhood where these theatres were located. Of the three theatres that were within two or three blocks from where I lived (on 78th St. near 1st Ave.), the Monroe, Europe, and Colony — I am old enough to remember only the Colony, which closed when I was about five years old. I particularly remember a red-haired women sitting in the ticket booth who smiled at me wheneverI passed with my parents.

It is not surprising that the German-language films played at one time at the Colony. 79th St. was the center of a large Hungarian population that had immigrated from Austria-Hungary and would have understood German. A few blocks north was a large German community. The Europe Theatre at one time showed German and Hungarian-language films, and on 86th Street, the Casino and 86th Street Garden Theatres often featured German films.

Yorkville is now a gentrified, yuppified neighborhood with few traces of its ethnic past.

EcRocker on February 20, 2009 at 4:20 pm

Hey Lost your link for this site didn’t work. I went to the page and had to take off the following to get to the page —–> /index.html

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on February 19, 2010 at 9:11 pm

This was already the 79th Street Theatre in 1923.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on March 12, 2010 at 8:29 am

Still listed as a Trans-Lux theatre in the 1959 Film Daily Yearbook.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on June 15, 2010 at 3:03 pm

Fastidious, attractive, young lady of social background wanted for theatre manager in 1937.

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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 31, 2011 at 10:09 pm

What happened to this theatre’s intro?

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