Colony Theatre

1519 Second Avenue,
New York, NY 10075

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Colony Theatre

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jeffg718
jeffg718 on August 13, 2006 at 6:45 am

Here is a recent photo of the former Colony Theatre, which is now Temple Sharaay Tefila. http://mysite.verizon.net/vze7r9g5/colonytheatre/

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 13, 2006 at 8:15 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
jeffg718 on August 15, 2006 at 9:38 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
EcRocker on February 20, 2009 at 5:20 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

http://www.shaaraytefilanyc.org —–> /index.html

http://www.shaaraytefilanyc.org

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on February 19, 2010 at 10:11 pm

This was already the 79th Street Theatre in 1923.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on March 12, 2010 at 9:29 am

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

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on June 15, 2010 at 4:03 pm

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

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AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on August 31, 2011 at 11:09 pm

What happened to this theatre’s intro?

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on September 1, 2011 at 9:11 am

The Google Maps view has been incorrectly “set” and needs to be adjusted. The current Jewish temple occupies a site considerably larger than the original theatre. It seems possible that during this expansion, remnants of the theatre vanished with it.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on June 23, 2012 at 10:08 am

This 1937 trade ad for Wagner Signs shows the new marquee installed when the 79th Street Theatre was transformed into Brandt’s Colony: boxofficemagazine

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