Stoddard Theatre

2433 Broadway,
New York, NY 10024

Unfavorite 1 person favorited this theater

2431 Broadway at 90th Street 1933

Viewing: Photo | Street View

According to the Standard "Strauss Magazine Theatre Program" from 1916, the theater was “located on the south-west corner of Broadway and W. 90th Street, it is the first theatre for the presentation of high class dramas and musical productions in this locality. The carriage entrance is on the W. 90th Street side. The theatre is planned to seat 1,493 persons, and is designed in the period of the Italian Renaissance. The decorations are simple and the color scheme is restful, refined and dignified. The side walls have a rich wood wainscoting, both in the orchestra and balcony. The plaster work above as well as the wainscot are painted in warm greys of varying shades, the panels being picked out in gold. The remainder of the ornamental work, including the proscenium architrave, the ceiling panels and ornamental doorheads of the exits are of dull gold. A mural painting is placed in the sounding board, entitled "The Triumph of Dramatic Arts."

This Thomas Lamb-designed theater opened in 1914, and became a movie house in 1919. The name of the theater was changed at that time from the Standard Theatre to the Stoddard Theatre. It was Brandt’s Stoddard Theatre when it closed in 1956. The former theater was converted into a supermarket, and was demolished in 1986.

Contributed by Jean

Recent comments (view all 11 comments)

JMcD
JMcD on October 3, 2004 at 2:02 pm

My Great Great Uncle James (Jimmie) McDonald worked for the Stoddard Theater in New York City. I am not clear as to what his duties were there, but my Aunt thinks that he was in charg of the films. I have a picture of him taken in 1928 or 1929 standing on top of the Stoddard that I will post.
James McDonald was born in New York City, February 7, 1889, to Delia (Fearris) and Edward (Ned) McDonald.

RobertR
RobertR on October 16, 2005 at 7:12 pm

There is a small ad for the Stoddard from 1954 on the bottom of this page. They have a double bill of “Escape From Ft. Bravo” and “Give a Girl a Break"
View link

stock008
stock008 on October 3, 2006 at 2:01 pm

The Standard broadways new up-town playhouse at 90th street phone riverside 42 (direction John Cort) ,the Standard will play broadway successes only, and each for one week, but at a popular prices, matinees tuesday, thursday and saturday. My great grand father named this theatre after his first The Standard in Seattle washington (john Cort),,,, around 1916??

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on April 14, 2007 at 12:02 pm

A “Harrison” theatre advertised in 1994 as being on 89th and Broadway. Does anyone know what venue that may have been?

Jean
Jean on July 20, 2009 at 6:39 am

Great photo! I used to go grocery shopping there as a kid, because it became a DAITCH ( Shopwell ) grocery store. It still had the marquee up advertising the specials of the day!

Jean
Jean on July 20, 2009 at 6:42 am

Warren, I can attest to the STODDARD/STANDARD DAITCH SHOPWELL being on the west side FACING east as it was on Broadway. I grew up across the street from the New Yorker theatre, having worked there as well.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on January 14, 2010 at 11:56 pm

The Standard was showing films from at least 1916 and still advertising as the Standard in 1924. The Stoddard name did not appear until the early thirties.

robboehm
robboehm on September 4, 2011 at 10:27 pm

If you go to the New Yorker site there is a picture of the Stoddard, then the Garden supermarket with the marquee in tact only showing “Garden”. It’s the second New Yorker on the search.

You must login before making a comment.

New Comment

Subscribe Want to be emailed when a new comment is posted about this theater?
Just login to your account and subscribe to this theater