Stoddard Theatre

2433 Broadway,
New York, NY 10024

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robboehm on September 4, 2011 at 7:27 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.

AlAlvarez on January 14, 2010 at 8:56 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.

Jean on July 20, 2009 at 3:42 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.

Jean on July 20, 2009 at 3:39 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!

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 13, 2009 at 8:12 am

Here’s a new link to a vintage image of the Stoddard Theatre: View link

AlAlvarez on April 14, 2007 at 9:02 am

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

stock008 on October 3, 2006 at 11:01 am

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??

RobertR on October 16, 2005 at 4:12 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

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on August 7, 2005 at 5:19 am

In the book “The Movies,” this photo is identified as the Stoddard Theatre, but I don’t think that it is. First, the view is apparently looking north, and the Stoddard was situated on the west side of Broadway, not on the east side. Second, some buildings in the left center of the photo are presently occupied by Zabar’s, which is around 81st Street. I suspect that the photo is actually of the onetime 77th Street Theatre, which was at 2182 Broadway and had about 600 seats. Can anyone say for sure?

JMcD on October 3, 2004 at 11:02 am

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.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on March 28, 2004 at 1:16 pm

The Standard first opened in 1914, and had Thomas W. Lamb as architect. When it became a movie house in 1919, it was re-named the Stoddard and equipped with a Moller 3m/16rk organ. It had become Brandt’s Stoddard by the time it closed in 1956 and was converted into a supermarket. Demolition came in 1986.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on March 14, 2004 at 7:07 am

A B&W photograph from 1956 showing the Stoddard’s marquee converted to one for the Garden Super Market can be found on page 437 of “The Movies,” by Richard Griffith & Arthur Mayer. “Specials” featured on the marquee include loin lamb chops for 79 cents per pound, and ten tangerines for 25 cents.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on March 8, 2004 at 11:29 am

I believe that this theatre became a movie house known as the Stoddard, which was located at 2433 Broadway and had a seating capacity of 1,374. “AN” was replaced by “OD” in the name.