Grand Central Theatre

33 Grand Central Terminal,
New York, NY 10017

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slsiege
slsiege on April 14, 2014 at 4:06 pm

I passed by it many times but never went in. (In the early 1970’s, when I was going to college and Amtrak trains on the old New York Central lines were still leaving from Grand Central, I had to change stations in New York.) I distinctly recall that on one occasion, oe of the last times I saw the theater in operation, the program was the 1971 documentary “The Hellstrom Chronicle”, so the end must have come around 1973 or thereabouts.

Another thing: it probably was an inspiration for a strip in the comic series “Julis Knipl: Real Estate Photographer”, which takes place in such a theater.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 23, 2014 at 9:26 pm

The April 1, 1937, issue of Motion Picture Daily said that the opening of the newsreel theater being built inside Grand Central Station had been set for May 3.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 26, 2012 at 6:18 pm

Auditorium with 242 seats pictured in this 1937 trade report: Boxoffice

gilbertw
gilbertw on April 27, 2007 at 4:06 pm

a short video of people going into the grand central theater is on the video VHS titled: “The winning of world war 2” “The road to victory – ratling the saber” 1990 mbi/ulanoff distributed by publishers choice videos. hosted with personal commentary by John s. d. elsenhower. I own this video.

bill gilbert
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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 19, 2006 at 11:37 am

The theatre first opened on May 12th, 1937, charging 25 cents at all times for an hour’s worth of newsreels and short subjects. Entrance was through a turnstile attached to the boxoffice. The hours of operation were from 9AM until midnight except on Sundays, when the first show started at noon to conform with NYC law.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on May 2, 2006 at 3:19 pm

Here is a postcard promoting the Grand Central Theatre.

bamtino
bamtino on September 10, 2005 at 4:02 pm

Though it won’t really map properly, I believe the address should be listed as 33 Grand Central Terminal (Main Concourse, opposite Track 17), New York, NY 10017.

NativeForestHiller
NativeForestHiller on August 20, 2005 at 4:40 am

Hi Joe Clark & my other theater enthusiast friends!!! Every so often, you can find a Grand Central Theatre postcard on Ebay.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on May 20, 2005 at 4:21 am

Some other newsreel and short subject cinemas located in train stations:

South Station Theatre, Boston
Newsreel Theatre, Cincinnati
Victoria Station News Theatre, London

worldcity
worldcity on January 14, 2005 at 10:36 pm

When I was a regular customer in the early ‘50s, they changed the program twice a week (to run current news in that pre-TV era). Since the change-over came in the middle of the day, and if you timed it right, you could catch two programs (a two-hour show) for a single admission ($1).

trainedseal
trainedseal on December 11, 2004 at 12:37 am

Where can I get a better copy of this postcard? I would like to use it in my research

RobertR
RobertR on February 4, 2004 at 4:36 pm

I think I remember reading that later on it screened second run fims.

philipgoldberg
philipgoldberg on October 23, 2002 at 10:17 pm

the site is now home of a wine store, and if you go inside you can see—fully restored—the star-filled arched ceiling of the theater’s lobby.