Annex Theatre

334 E. 74th Street,
New York, NY 10021

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Entrance as Eastside Playhouse

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 14, 2009 at 7:55 pm

Anyone know if this was also known as the East 74th Street Theatre?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 14, 2009 at 8:31 pm

Listed in 1930 as the Bohemian Annex with 600 seats. In 1935 it is listed as the New Annex with 600 seats.

AlAlvarez on January 15, 2009 at 3:13 am

Might this have been the EASTSIDE BAZAAR showing movies in 1971?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 15, 2009 at 12:07 pm

I don’t know this was ever a movie theater again Al, but I think it was also known as the Phoenix Theater in the 1960s.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 15, 2009 at 4:48 pm

This is a free preview from the NY Times dated August 10, 1961.

PHOENIX IS MOVING TO SMALLER HOME; Constant Deficit Prompts Switch to 74th Street

The Phoenix Theatre, which is in need of funds, will switch its activities from its 1,200-seat home, 189 Second Avenue, at Twelfth Street, to a more economical operation in the 299-seat East 74th Street Theatre, 334 East Seventy-fourth Street, between First and Second Avenues.

The larger Phoenix Theater mentioned in the NY Times was most likely the City Cinemas Village East. Notice the much smaller seat count given for this theater in 1961.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 15, 2009 at 6:39 pm

You beat me to it so some of this information might be redundant. The Bohemian National Hall, located on East 73rd Street was built in the 1890s. Around 1914 a movie theater was built as an annex to the Bohemian National Hall. The theater was built behind the Hall fronting on East 74th Street. Hence the name, Bohemian Annex Theater. A 1967 certificate of occupancy for the Bohemian National Hall which has an address of 321 East 73rd Street reads in part: Dressing rooms for adjacent Phoenix Theatre at 334-338 East 74th Street.

AlAlvarez on April 13, 2009 at 3:57 pm

Another shot as the Eastside Playhouse.

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