Dyckman Theatre

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

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 11, 2015 at 3:21 pm

An announcement about the project that would become the Dyckman Theatre appeared in the March 1, 1913, issue of The American Contractor:

“Theater (seating capacity 1,800): 1 sty. 150x150. $100,000. 207th st. & Sherman av. Archts. Von Beren & La Velle [sic], 507 Fifth av. Owner G. L. Lawrence, 2228 Broadway. Architects will take bids about March 4. Brick, terra cotta, slag roofing, struct. & orn. iron, marble, tiling, gas & electric fixtures.”
The short-lived partnership of architects Frederic Von Beren and Paul B. LaVelle was dissolved in December, 1913.

johndereszewski on January 9, 2013 at 7:56 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.

steveb on January 8, 2013 at 5:42 pm

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

steveb on January 8, 2013 at 5:39 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.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on January 22, 2011 at 5:29 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.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on February 27, 2010 at 8:01 pm

Still playing the RKO subrun in 1957.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on February 27, 2010 at 7:53 pm

This theatre dates back to 1913.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on January 14, 2010 at 12:23 pm

The movie palaces of Washington Heights and Inwood.

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