110 3rd Avenue,
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Architects: Louis A. Sheinart
Firms: Boak & Paris
Previous Names: Varieties Theatre, Variety Photoplays, Variety Arts
Opened as the Variety Photoplays, the venue began as a nickelodeon near Manhattan’s Union Square.
During its almost 90 year history, the theatre went from first run films to adult movies and finally to off-Broadway theatre.
The Variety Theatre served as a location for Martin Scorcese’s “Taxi Driver” during the scene in which Robert DeNiro’s character first meets Jodi Foster’s. It is also located, coincidentally, around the corner from the setting of the film’s final scene and shootout.
In October of 2004, the Variety Theatre’s owner, 110 Third Avenue Corporation, closed the theatre after operating it since 1991 and in June of 2005, the theatre was torn down.
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