9 West 25th Street,
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Architects: Hal A. Miller
Styles: Art Deco
Previous Names: Homewood Theatre, Playhouse Theatre, Heritage Playhouse Theatre, Kobko Theatre, Paragon Theater
Opened on May 25, 1946 as the Homewood Theatre with seating for 700, all on a single level. It was remodeled in 1951, with the rear few rows of seating removed and the space converted into a larger lobby. It reopened November 8, 1951 with 400 seats as an ‘art house’ movie theatre renamed the Playhouse Theatre. This closed in May 1985 and it remained closed until 1989 when it was used as a church.
The church moved out in 1994 and on January 31, 1997 it reopened as the Heritage Playhouse Theatre, showcasing African-American films. This venture closed in December 1997. In 1999 it reopened as the Kobko Theatre screening Korean movies. From February 2002 it became a live theatre known as the Paragon Theater which closed in 2004. It then became the Showtime Theatre which was still open in August 2011.
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