Franklin Theatre

440 Lenox Avenue,
New York, NY 10037

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This small, late-run cinema on Lenox Avenue at W. 132nd Street served Harlem for many decades before being converted into St. John Pentecostal Church. More information about its history is needed.

Contributed by Warren G. Harris

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KenRoe
KenRoe on November 2, 2005 at 8:35 am

Listed in the American Motion Picture Directory 1914-1915.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 2, 2005 at 9:09 am

In 1942 there is a 495 seat motion picture theater at 440-442 Lenox Ave. In 1954 the building is listed as a Church. So, the Franklin theater closed somewhere between those two dates.

KenRoe
KenRoe on November 2, 2005 at 10:53 am

The Franklin Theatre is still listed as open in the 1950 Film Daily Yearbook with a seating capacity given as 450.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 2, 2005 at 10:59 am

That narrows it down alot. Sometime between 1951 and 1953 should be the closing year.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 16, 2008 at 11:21 am

Here’s a new link to a 1935 exterior view:
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