Ganes Manhattan Theater

1240 Broadway,
New York, NY 10001

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Ganes Manhattan Theatre, New York in 1912

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Ganes Manhattan Theater was operating by 1908 and continued until at least 1912.

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 23, 2007 at 11:43 am

I found this theaters name spelled as “Caines” and “Caines’s”. Could have been a typo, although I’m not sure if either spelling is correct.

BURNING FILM CAUSES SCARE.; Part of Moving-Picture Audience Needlessly Leaves Theatre.

NY Times November 29, 1912

Fire, which started in the operator’s booth in Caines’s Manhattan Theatre, a moving-picture playhouse, at 1240 Broadway, yesterday afternoon, created some alarm, and a number of those in the audience left. The fire was caused by a film igniting in the asbestos booth and was confined to that inclosure, with little damage.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 23, 2007 at 3:10 pm

Some additional information from the NY Times.

The theatre, which seated between 700 and 800 persons, was crowded, when a picture suddenly faded from view, and the shadow of a sheet of flame could be seen on the screen. William Strickler, the operator, jumped out of the booth and closed the door after him. The lights in the house were turned on, and from the stage the manager notified the audience that a slight accident had occurred, but asked the audience to remain seated as there was no cause for alarm. In the meantime ushers hurried to the various exits and stood ready to throw the doors open. When the firemen arrived the fire had burned itself out. A majority of the audience remained seated and after a short delay, other pictures were shown.

Tinseltoes on February 5, 2010 at 10:59 am

Isn’t this also listed here as the Manhattan Theatre?

Tinseltoes on August 11, 2012 at 8:53 am

Entrance pictured at top of this 1912 trade journal page: archive

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 13, 2012 at 7:48 am

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 on August 13, 2012 at 8:07 am

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..”

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