Gane's Manhattan Theater

1240 Broadway,
New York, NY 10001

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Gane's Manhattan Theater

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Gane’s Manhattan Theater was operating by 1908 and continued until at least 1912. In 1913 alterations were carried out to the plans of Philadelphia based architectural firm Stuckert & Sloan.

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Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 13, 2012 at 3:48 pm

Could “Caine’s” or “Caines’s” have been a typographical error? It appears the sign within the decorative arch to the right of the main entrance reads “Gane’s.“ Also appears that the exhibitor signed his last name with a "G,” in that trade journal advertisement, though the signature could read “Gane” or “Gaine,” depending on how carefully you scrutinize it. But, however he signed it, I suspect he’d have spelled his name correctly when paying for it to go up in lights on his theatre’s edifice.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on August 13, 2012 at 4:07 pm

I also think it may be a typo; I found two quotes about this theater in online archived publications.

1) Motion Picture World, 1908: “Manager Ganes, of the Manhattan Theater, extended an invitation to the jackies at the Navy Yard to visit his theater and see Pathe’s fine picture of the reception of the American fleet in Australia. They came, they saw and they thoroughly enjoyed the spectacle and made many audible comments on the show. The incident in the film which received the most applause was the march past of the regiment of Highlanders. The military precision and fitness of this kilted regiment was a fine subject for the camera and well rendered.”

2) New York Dramatic Mirror, 01-31-1912: “First-run pictures, as they are called on the day of release, can be seen at the following houses: Three new reels daily at Ganes Manhattan Theatre, Broadway and Thirty-first Street..”

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 7, 2018 at 4:07 am

This paragraph about the Manhattan Theatre’s owner, William Gane, is from Robert Grau’s book The Business Man in the Amusement World, published in 1910:

“As a manager Mr. Gane began his career at the Manhattan Theatre, since razed by the Pennsylvania Railroad, where he presented moving pictures. His success there was marked by crowded houses, and when he was forced to vacate he built the present Manhattan Theatre at Broadway and 31st Street.”

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