86th Street Grande Theatre

160 East 86th Street,
New York, NY 10128

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jodiesue on October 23, 2015 at 4:38 pm

granddaughter-my great grandfather ran the schwarzer adler. Would love to know how we are related

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on February 24, 2010 at 9:46 pm

In August 1963 it was still open.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on February 24, 2010 at 9:15 pm

In 1942 it went from Garden to Grande.

TLSLOEWS on December 14, 2009 at 6:52 pm

Big low Little low, how low can you go?Cool history.

TonyV on June 11, 2009 at 10:12 pm

Lived right up the block from the Grande at 150 E 86th St which was torn down in 2007. if you missed a movie at “Big Loew’s”, the (Orpheum) and at Little Loew’s (Loews 86th St). you could catch it some months later at the Grande. One thing I noticed as a kid, the Grande was not cooled by an air-conditioning unit, instead a big ice truck (was it Consolidated Ice??)would show up in the AM on summer days and they would unload and slide big blocks of ice down into the theatre’s basement. Tons of it actually. Must have blown the air over the ice to cool the house. It was something to grow up on a block with three movie houses on it, plus another on the next block west (RKO 86th) or still another 1 block east (the Schwartze Adler: spelling). I could sleep through all the traffic noises, the Salvation Army singing outside Martin’s Bar across the street but when they turned off the big Howard Clothes sign outside my window, it would wake me up. Go figure.

granddaughter on May 4, 2009 at 7:02 pm

My grandfather, J. Louis Geller, operated this theatre from around 1917 when he took it over from his father. (When my great-grandfather owned it, it was a caberet, the Schwarzer Adler, which had Viennese Operetta.) There were several theatres on the street, but I’m told it was the first one with a marquee. The theatre was owned by my grandfather and his siblings, but he ran it. I found an obituary from the publication “Boxoffice” of May 26, 1958 which calls it the 86th Street Garden Theatre.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 10, 2005 at 10:56 am

The American Motion Picture Directory 1914 – 1915 listed the address of the Winter Garden Theatre as 158-160 East 86th Street. The 86th Street Theatre is listed in the same publication as having an address at 162 East 86th Street.

RobertR on October 10, 2005 at 9:46 am

The co-feature translates to “Promise Me Nothing”

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 10, 2005 at 5:14 am

Listed as the Winter Garden Theatre in the American Motion Picture Directory 1914 – 1915. In the Film Daily Yearbook 1926 edition it is still the Winter Garden Theatre with a seating capacity of 450 and by the 1941 edition of F.D.Y. it is the 86th Street Gar. with 492 seats. Listed as the 86th Street Gardens Theatre with 525 seats in the 1943 edition of F.D.Y.