Olympia Cinemas

2770 Broadway,
New York, NY 10025

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Olympia Cinemas

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Located just six blocks north of the former Art Deco style Metro Theatre, the modest Olympia Theatre had been a neighborhood favorite since it opened in 1914.

The Olympia Theatre was also one of the cheapest places to see a first run movie in Manhattan, with its lower-priced matinees, until it was shuttered and gutted in January 2003. In October of 2003, the Olympia Theatre was demolished.

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 21, 2008 at 5:27 pm

Here is an excerpt from an 8/10/23 article in the NYT:

1 DEAD, 1 WOUNDED IN THEATRE HOLD-UP; Unidentified Man Slain, Manager of Broadway Film House Shot

J. Alton Bradbury, 45 years old, proprietor of the Olympia Theatre on Broadway, between 106th and 107th Streets, was wounded seriously and an unidentified man was shot to death at 10:15 o'clock last night when two hold-up men attempted a raid upon Bradbury’s office in the theatre building, where he had counted the night’s receipts.

decoteau
decoteau on February 26, 2010 at 11:58 pm

This theatre was once owned by Robert Shaye and his New Line Cinema.

AECisneros
AECisneros on April 30, 2010 at 10:43 pm

Growing up across the street from the Olympia I was privy to its many reincarnations. I recall in the mid 60’s it became the venue for the Spanish speaking community by showing Latin American films. In the 70’s it became controversial (at the time) for showing films like “The Devil in Miss Jones”. I remember the media blitz that descended on our normally unassuming neighborhood when it first showed. The Olympia had a very small background role in the movie “Harry and Tonto” starring Art Carney. It wasn’t Mr. Carney’s last movie to be shot on locale. If I recall correctly, it was the first movie house to break the $10 admission barrier. Now in its place stands a high rise luxury apartment building. Just like so many other icons of our youth, gone, but never forgotten.

iatse311
iatse311 on August 11, 2011 at 9:46 pm

http://nytelecom.vo.llnwd.net/o15/agencies/lpc/arch_reports/438.pdf picture on last page… btw Olympia Theater was original name

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 12, 2011 at 8:54 am

A rare theater to have been multiplexed and then to have had the number of screens REDUCED from four to two!

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on August 12, 2011 at 10:11 am

Yes, Cineplex Odeon also reduced screens at the 23rd Street West. It was a move away from arthouse and towards mainstream by CO in Manhattan.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on August 14, 2011 at 11:12 am

Here is an ad for the 1964 re-opening as a Spanish language house.

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=x7pbAAAAIBAJ&sjid=WFINAAAAIBAJ&pg=3565%2C72604

rivest266
rivest266 on September 24, 2013 at 3:29 pm

01 de julio 1964 anuncio de “El Diario La Prensa” se ha cargado en la sección de fotos de este teatro.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on September 24, 2013 at 5:59 pm

Thanks for these great ads, Mark!

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