Dyckman Theatre

552 W. 207th Street,
New York, NY 10034

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1940 - Loew's Dyckman Theater

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The Dyckman Theatre was located in the northernmost end of Manhattan in an area known as Inwood. It was on West 207th Street off Sherman Avenue and was opened in 1913. It was listed with a seating capacity of 1,700 in 1926.

In 1939 it became part of the Loew’s Inc circuit break as a late release site and may have joined the Loew’s chain at that point. By 1949 Loew’s had stopped advertising it. It was still operating in 1954 when it was featured in a New York Times ad for a wide Easter release of "Heidi" and "White Mane". By August 1962, it was known as the New Dyckman Theatre.

Contributed by Al Alvarez

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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on February 4, 2009 at 4:38 am

For a number of years, Loew’s operated the Dyckman simultaneously with the Inwood Theatre, which was its “flagship” in that area of the Upper West Side. After running at Loew’s Inwood, the programs moved to Loew’s Dyckman, but for shorter runs. The rest of the week, Loew’s Dyckman ran movies that had already played the RKO circuit or revivals. Loew’s eventually dropped the Dyckman to comply with the Federal anti-trust case against the company, after which the Dyckman continued as an “indie.”…Frequent discussions of the Dyckman can be found at the website called Manhattan Board. The Board seems dominated by people from Inwood, and it’s rare to see any theatres discussed there except the Dyckman. Given the number of major movie palaces that existed in Manhattan, I find that rather bizarre.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on January 14, 2010 at 10:23 am

The movie palaces of Washington Heights and Inwood.

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AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on February 27, 2010 at 5:53 pm

This theatre dates back to 1913.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on February 27, 2010 at 6:01 pm

Still playing the RKO subrun in 1957.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on January 22, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Still listed in an August 1962 ad for the wide run of “El Cid” as the New Dyckman and no longer operated by Loews.

steveb
steveb on January 8, 2013 at 3:39 pm

That’s odd as'El Cid' was released in December 1961. The last movie to play at the Dyckman was ‘That Touch of Mink’ starring Doris Day and Rock Hudson. The film was released on June 14, 1962. I know this because when I was 8 yrs old the theatre was gutted by fire and permanently closed. I distinctly remember the posters for ‘Mink’ survived the fire and sat safely inside their glass casings to the left and right of the entrance to the theatre for several years after that.

steveb
steveb on January 8, 2013 at 3:42 pm

Correction ….. Cary Grant not Rock Hudson starred in ‘That Touch of Mink’..

johndereszewski
johndereszewski on January 9, 2013 at 5:56 pm

Thanks for the great pictures of this long gone theater.

steveb, since El Cid, athough released in late 1961, was probably presented in an exclusive midtown run for a number of weeks and then reached only an independent theater like the Dyckman many weeks later, the 1962 movie calendar noted above makes sense. The delayed presentation at the Dyckman of “A Touch of Mink” also probably took place well after its initial release date. Thus, when the place burned down, the El Cid run had probably already occurred.

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