Circle in the Square Theatre

159 Bleecker Street,
New York, NY 10012

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Circle in the Square Theatre

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This now shuttered Off-Broadway playhouse was originally a late-run cinema, first as the Bleecker Theatre and later as the Luxor Theatre, with about 600 seats. The seating capacity was substantially reduced for the installation of a modern “thrust” stage when Circle in the Square took over in the 1950’s.

More information about its history and the current status of the site is needed.

Contributed by Warren G. Harris

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on April 19, 2006 at 12:17 pm

Listed in the Film Daily Yearbook;1926 edition as the Bleeker Theatre, it had been re-named Luxor Theatre by the 1930 edition. Gone from listings in 1950 or even before then.

When I took a look at the building in June 2005 it was in the process of being gutted internally and looked like it could be converted into retail or restaurant use. I will check it out on my next visit to NYC (unless someone gets to it before me!)

William
William on April 19, 2006 at 1:56 pm

It looks like the former lobby area will be the lobby for some condos they built above the former theatre.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 19, 2006 at 3:16 pm

I looked into this property further. In 1947 alterations were done to the building. Work was completed on December 10, 1947 and a C/O was issued on January 14, 1948 for a 300 seat theater. Not a motion picture theater. So, we have a movie theater that operated from at least 1918 to around 1945. Possibly, right up until 1947.

Jim Vecchio
Jim Vecchio on May 10, 2006 at 8:17 am

I attended a play here in the mid-70’s entitled “P.S. Your Cat is Dead”. The first two letters should have been “P.U.!!!”

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on October 12, 2006 at 9:58 am

Is the theater still intact and can maybe be reopened?

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on October 12, 2006 at 2:13 pm

never new this showed movies……….

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on May 7, 2008 at 10:36 am

A Rose Theatre shows up in a 1923 Paramount Week ad as located on Bleecker and Thompson. Could this have been the Luxor, Garrick or even an early version of the Bleecker Street Cinema?

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on January 25, 2010 at 12:09 pm

Featuring plays in 1948 as the New Stage Theatre. By 1950 it is the Bleecker Street Playhouse.

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