Olympia Cinemas

2770 Broadway,
New York, NY 10025

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AlAlvarez on September 24, 2013 at 2:59 pm

Thanks for these great ads, Mark!

rivest266 on September 24, 2013 at 12:29 pm

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

Tinseltoes on May 23, 2012 at 10:24 am

Here’s a 1980s tax photo from the Municipal Archives: lunaimaging

AlAlvarez on August 14, 2011 at 8:12 am

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


AlAlvarez on August 12, 2011 at 7:11 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.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 12, 2011 at 5:54 am

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

iatse311 on August 11, 2011 at 6:46 pm

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

AECisneros on April 30, 2010 at 7:43 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.

decoteau on February 26, 2010 at 9:58 pm

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

kencmcintyre on November 21, 2008 at 3:27 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.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on February 27, 2008 at 11:32 am

For quite a few years, this was one of the top Loew’s houses on the Upper West Side. I wonder why Loew’s Olympia is not listed as an alternate name in the introduction?

AlAlvarez on February 27, 2008 at 8:46 am

Opened in 1914
Tripled in December 1980
Quaded in June 1981
Twinned in November 1987
Closed in December 2002
Demolished in 2003

The 1987 re-opening party had a western theme since the theatre was on the West Side and the Canadians thought that would be clever.

owenspierre81 on January 17, 2008 at 2:19 pm

Here is a list of movies that were shown at the Olympia in 2002 before it closed.

1/18/02- Black Hawk Down
2/15/02- Hart’s War
2/15/02- John Q
3/1/02- We Were Soldiers
3/8/02- The Time Machine
3/15/02- Ice Age
3/22/02- E.T.:The Extra-Terrestrial- The 20th Anniversary
4/19/02- The Scorpion King
5/3/02- Hollywood Ending
5/16/02- Star Wars: Episode II-Attack of the Clones
6/14/02- The Bourne Identity
7/3/02- Men In Black II
7/12/02- Road to Perdition
8/2/02- Signs
8/9/02- XXX
8/23/02- The Good Girl
9/20/02- The Banger Sisters
9/27/02- Sweet Home Alabama
10/4/02- Red Dragon
10/18/02- The Ring
10/25/02- Ghost Ship
11/15/02- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
11/27/02- Solaris

The Olympia closed on December 12, 2002

R.I.P. Olympia 1914-2002

DamienB on April 30, 2007 at 6:55 pm

For us Columbia students, the Olympia was our neighborhood house, and, as a second- and third-run house, it was a wonderful place to catch up on missed films. (In my day — mid-70s — the student newspaper, The Spectator ran a column, “At The Olympia” discussing the films playing in our backyard.)

My first time at the Olympia — during my second or third week at Columbia — was to see The Devil In Miss Jones. My roommate was so freaked out by it that he left half way through the picture.

RobertR on October 4, 2006 at 4:36 am

1975 in it’s dollar days
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RobertR on September 26, 2006 at 2:14 pm

1971 a Keaton festival
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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on June 4, 2006 at 2:05 am

The former names should include Loew’s Olympia. It was one of the top Loew’s nabes for at least 20 years, although it was taken over from its original owner and not actually built by Loew’s.

robbiedupree on June 3, 2006 at 10:30 pm

Back in 1970 I lived at 311 w. 103rd street. The Olympia became my neighborhood theatre and I spent many nights catching films there. I believe I still have a small ad poster for a series they ran called “Rock &Rebels” showing The Wild One , and several other films about troubled youth. Great memories – sorry to hear they knocked it down. Robbie

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on November 27, 2005 at 11:31 pm

This theatre is mentioned in the biography of writer Truman Capote (Capote) by Gerald Clarke. Clarke discusses the period of Truman’s childhood when the boy lived on Riverside Drive in Manhattan. He tells of one of Truman’s teachers at Trinity School:

“The teacher would sometimes walk him home, Truman said, stopping on the way at a movie theater, the Olympia, on upper Broadway. They would sit in the privacy of the back row, and while the teacher fondled him, Truman would masturbate the teacher. What effect that tawdry little scene had on a boy like Truman is impossible to say, but it was, at the very least, a sorry initiation into the mysteries of sex.”

RobertR on August 14, 2005 at 3:20 am

I remember Cineplex using that catch phrase “the return of the elegent theatre” as they re-opened each of their renovated locations.

YMike on July 11, 2005 at 3:36 am

I wonder how many other theatrs went from a quad back to a twin?

dave-bronx™ on July 10, 2005 at 4:23 am

When Cineplex took over they un-quadded it back to a twin.

br91975 on July 10, 2005 at 4:12 am

The Olympia became a quad, I think, sometime around 1981, and remained so through the end of the Golden management era, in the spring of ‘87.