New Douglas Theatre

640 Lenox Avenue,
New York, NY 10037

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This large theatre opened in 1922 and was designated for the exclusive use of "negroes." This may have been a sign of the growing and empowered African American community in Harlem. The original Douglas Theatre, one block away, was a "whites only" house.

It closed around 1940.

Contributed by Al Alvarez

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AlAlvarez on February 14, 2010 at 10:56 am

A 1917 article in the New York Times makes reference to a motion picture theatre located at 308 West 143rd Street.

Does anyone have any more information or at least a name?

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