Golden Rule Theatre

125 Rivington Street,
New York, NY 10002

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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on January 24, 2010 at 2:50 am

A meeting of the League of City Peddlers of Greater New York was held at the Golden Rule Theatre in June 1928, indicating it may have still been open for Yiddish Vaudeville or movies.

seymourcox on August 9, 2009 at 7:17 pm

An undated photo, from LIFE, comes this photo of Lillian Gish standing in front of a poster for a theatre with a name that begins with Golden,
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kencmcintyre on January 9, 2009 at 8:30 pm

The guitar store has moved, and the retail space is for sale.

Judith Thissen
Judith Thissen on May 16, 2008 at 11:04 am

Abraham Cahan — the famous Yiddish newspaper editor and novelist — made his first public speech at the Golden Rule Hall in 1882.

kydebren on May 2, 2008 at 1:47 pm

One more thought, the Golden Rule was hall that hosted Weddings,etc.
My Grandparents were married there in 1898 (or 1895)!

kydebren on May 2, 2008 at 1:46 pm

In response to ALALvarez, the Golden Rule Hall’s address is 125 Rivington St. It would seem that we are talking about 2 locations on opposite sides of the same street. Also, that was a close call Lost Memory~

Judith Thissen
Judith Thissen on May 2, 2008 at 8:22 am

The Waco (World Amusement Company) Theater was opposite the Golden Rule Theater. It opened in 1908. The right address is 118-120 Rivington Street.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on May 1, 2008 at 8:25 pm

The M & S Waco theatre at 118 Rivington Street advertised in 1923. Might this have been the Golden Rule or a separate theatre?

kydebren on February 7, 2007 at 3:26 pm

I have located the marriage license at the NY dept of records and will be ordering it. Unfortunately, I can only turn up my Grandfather’s name (the Groom). I used the Italian Gen Society’s site and if you would like the url let me know.

Judith Thissen
Judith Thissen on February 7, 2007 at 2:32 pm

This is a very nice detail!
I don’t know if there are any marriage records at the Municipal Archives — I have never used them for my research.
During the 1890s, some meeting halls on the Lower East Side published every week a list of the couples that were going to marry in their establishment in the Yiddish labor press. Unfortunately the Golden Rule Hall didn’t.
You can contact me for further information at .nl

kydebren on February 7, 2007 at 1:18 pm

My Grandparents, Elias F. Supowitz and Sophie Jacobs were married March 3, 1895 in the Golden Rule Hall 125 Rivington St., NYC. I was wondering if any of these records might survive and where they could be located.

If anyone has information about the old records I would be greatful to have it.

Thanks in advance folks.

Judith Thissen
Judith Thissen on January 28, 2006 at 12:53 pm

The Golden Rule was a well-known public meeting hall in the late 19th century. It served as the headquarters of several Jewish trade unions. In 1905, the ground and first floors were transformed into a Yiddish vaudeville theater with a small balcony. In 1907, the house switched to moving pictures as its staple entertainment. The upperfloors of the building remained in use as assembly rooms and make-shift synagogues well into the 1930s.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 9, 2005 at 8:03 pm

It’s still listed in the Film Daily Yearbook;1926 edition as open with 300 seats.