Morningside Theatre

2135 Eighth Avenue,
New York, NY 10026

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The Morningside Theatre was licensed to screen motion pictures by May 28, 1913. After closing in the late-1960’s it was used as a church.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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kencmcintyre on July 13, 2008 at 5:42 pm

There is a bank on the corner of Eighth (Frederick Douglass Avenue) and 116th, listed as 2149 Eighth. The rest of the block up to 115th is a very large hole in the ground. 2139 Eighth would have been part of that side of the street. Perhaps the theater is no more.

AlAlvarez on July 15, 2008 at 7:48 am

This was already showing movies in 1919 according to a Paramount Week ad in the NYT.

googuse on May 16, 2009 at 10:46 am

Located at 2135 Eighth Avenue in Manhattan. There is a quick shot of the marquee in the 1970 film “Cotton Comes to Harlem”. It appeared to be a church at the time.

AlAlvarez on February 27, 2010 at 6:45 pm

A motion picture theatre was already at this location in 1917 according to the NYT.

AlAlvarez on January 31, 2011 at 6:53 am

The Morningside appears in a NYT ad for the wide release of “YOUNG DILLINGER” in May 1965. It was apparently still open or re-opened then.

AlAlvarez on January 31, 2011 at 7:07 am

“According to the 1925 New York City directory, the Morningside Theatre (a neighborhood theatre owned by Trocadero Amusements) was located 2139 8th Avenue.”

from BLUES OF A LIFETIME: The autobiography of Cornell Woolrich

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AlAlvarez on January 31, 2011 at 7:08 am

Does anyone know if this operated as the Spanish language Santurce in the early sixties?

AlAlvarez on September 4, 2011 at 4:35 pm

I just noticed that the NEWS ABOUT THIS THEATRE link on the right of this page has a link from 2009 with a photo and information that dates this theatre back to at least 1908.

The intro has also gone missing.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on September 5, 2011 at 11:05 am

Seems to have happened on more than a couple of theaters, Al. I wonder if there’s a fix available for that? Perhaps data stored somewhere than can somehow be retrieved. Of course, in a lot of cases, it wouldn’t be such a bad thing to start anew with the introductory comments.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on September 5, 2011 at 11:07 am

Fixed the street view above. Looks like the theater building has been replaced by entirely new construction. I think we can call this one demolished.

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