42nd Street Cinema

422 W. 42nd Street,
New York, NY 10036

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42nd Street Cinema

This small theatre appears to have opened around 1967-68 and lasted into the mid-1970’s. It started off showing avant-garde and independent films. The bookings then went to soft core porn and ultimately XXX.

Contributed by Robert R

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Ed Solero
Ed Solero on September 21, 2006 at 3:51 am

Never heard of this one, but seems like it closed just a few years before my time frequenting the area – and I doubt I’d have ventured beyond 8th Ave in any event.

That address now corresponds with the Off-Broadway Little Shubert Theater, which opened in 2002 within a new 39 story apartment tower. The Shubert Organization (which runs the theater) claims it is the first Off-Broadway house to be built completely from the ground up – so we can safely update the 42nd Street Cinema’s status to “demolished”. Just about that whole side of the block between 9th Ave and Dyer has been built over with Off-B'way houses, including the Theatre Row and Playwrights Horizon complexes.

This website about the Little Shubert includes several photos of the new building’s exterior.

NYer on February 20, 2016 at 6:36 am

“Unrestrained” Oh my. Ad for long awaited premiere of “A Puritan’s Dream” in photo section. Maure Adults Only!

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