Teatro Latino

1314 5th Avenue,
New York, NY 10026

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Teatro Latino 110 street & 5th avenue NYC

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This theatre is mentioned in Rogelio Agrasanchez, Jr.’s excellent book, “Mexican Movies in the United States”.

According to this book, the Teatro Latino was opened in 1924 by Cuban impresario Fernando Luis as the Teatro San Jose on 5th Avenue and 110th Street.

This was the New York premiere site of Cantinflas' first hit “Asi Es Mi Tierra”.

It opened in 1908 as the Pastime Theatre. By 1914 it was the Harlem 5th Avenue Theatre and by 1926 it was operated by the Meyer & Schneider circuit. It had made its mark as the pioneer run for Hollywood made Spanish-language film as the Teatro Variedades by 1933 with reviews of the features regularly carried in the New York Times.

Contributed by Al Alvarez

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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on May 12, 2008 at 12:19 pm

According to a New York Times June 1991 article, theatre historian Michael R, Miller claims this opened as the Pastime in 1908 and was designed by a Henry G. Harris. It was demolished in 1958.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on July 15, 2008 at 2:53 pm

There was a Grant theatre on 116th street by 1920 (listed here as Jewel). This may however been known as the Nile in 1921.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on February 20, 2010 at 7:08 pm

By 1942 this theatre was closed.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 14, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Here is an ad for another Teatro Latino operating in 1966 on 125th Street and Lexington and showing live shows plus films.

Any ideas which 125th street theatre this was?


Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 15, 2011 at 7:55 am

Hey Al… there’s a church called La Sinagoga at 115-125 East 125th Street just west of Lexington Avenue. Looks like it is listed here as the Harlem Grand Theatre. Could this have been known as Teatro Latino at some point? The RKO Proctor’s 125th Street was across the street on the south side of 125th and closed in the 1950’s, but could have re-opened as a Spanish-language theater before being demolished. Just east of Lexington Ave was the Gotham Theatre but it is listed has having been demolished in 1965.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 15, 2011 at 8:05 am

Based on the 1938 image posted by Tinseltoes, the theater was clearly on the corner of W 110th and 5th Avenue (the north west corner of that intersection). I’ve adjusted the street view accordingly. I wonder if the building was demolished due to a widening of the traffic circle know as Frawley Circle, where an impressive statue of Duke Ellington now presides. Anyway, appears the site is now a parking lot.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 15, 2011 at 8:20 am

Ed, I was leaning more towards the Gotham/Tri-boro because although CT lists it as demolished in 1965 I found ads for it as late as 1969.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 15, 2011 at 8:21 am

Note: My last comment was regarding the 8:05am post.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 15, 2011 at 11:50 am

Al, referring to the Gotham/Tri-boro as an alternate Teatro Latino, it seems that Tinseltoes posted a comment on that theater’s page about a “Latino Theatre” ad from a 1967 edition of the Amsterdam News. Might be a good idea to post the ad over on that page and see if it stirs up any discussion.

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