Palace Theatre

133 Essex Street,
New York, NY 10002

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 9, 2008 at 1:20 pm

Just to verify that the theater building is gone, a 2005 certificate of occupancy shows an eight story condominium at 133 Essex Street.

Judith Thissen
Judith Thissen on July 9, 2008 at 11:50 am

The building I have in mind is a two story yellow brick building with orange brick stripes. A few years ago, there still was a large sign that read “Bernstein.” (I have a photograph of 1998 or so). At the time, the building was used for storage by a Chinese company.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 9, 2008 at 11:24 am

The Essex Theatre is listed in the 1914-15 edition of American Motion Picture Directory at 133 Essex Street, NYC, NY

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 9, 2008 at 11:20 am

I believe that 133 Essex Street is the correct address for the theater.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 9, 2008 at 11:18 am

There’s an older building at 135. It would depend on whether the 133 address is correct.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 9, 2008 at 11:13 am

If you found a six story building at the above address, then the theater building was demolished.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 9, 2008 at 11:09 am

This article puts Bernstein-on-Essex at 135 Essex.
http://tinyurl.com/674ye2

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 9, 2008 at 11:02 am

The building at 133 Essex today has six stories. It looks relatively new. If the original theater building was a livery stable, I have my doubts as to whether it’s still standing.

Judith Thissen
Judith Thissen on May 16, 2008 at 2:12 am

Steiner started his career at 133 Essex Street in March 1908. He converted his father’s livery stable into a 250-seat nickelodeon, which he initially ran with Alfred Weiss. In 1910, he also rented the adjacent building (135 Essex) to create the possibility to enlarge his movie theater. In 1914 both buildings were demolished to give way to a brand-new 600-seat theater which was designed by the architect Lorenz F.J. Weiher. The Palace Theater was part of the M & S Circuit.

After the theater’s shutdown the building became a restaurant: the famous Bernstein-on-Essex – the first and more many years only kosher Chinese in New York City.