Princess Theatre

104-106 W. 39th Street,
New York, NY 10018

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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on November 18, 2009 at 7:53 am

This showed movies as the Princess in 1915-1916.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on February 19, 2008 at 9:52 am

Shown here at the Cinema Verdi in 1953 was this 1950 Italian film called The Singing Taxi Driver.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on February 14, 2008 at 3:05 am

This theatre, which at one point was known as the Little CinéMet, ran this lesser-known Italian neorealist film in 1949.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on April 15, 2004 at 4:22 am

Casolaro Films, a distributor of Italian films to ethnic houses and some art houses, had its offices at 106 W. 39th Street, in the Princess Theatre building, and might have supplied some of the programs for the theatre under its incarnations as Little CineMet/Cinema Verdi in the 1940s-50s. Casolaro later became Casolaro Giglio Films, moved to Lafayette Street off Canal, and supplied the Cinema Giglio (which they must have leased) with Italian product.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on April 13, 2004 at 10:22 am

Two photos of the Princess Theatre, one exterior and one interior, can be found in the book “Broadway Theatres: History and Architecture” by William Morrison, pages 84 & 85. The Princess had various names over the years. It was also called “Little CineMet” at one time because of its proximity to the old Metropolitan Opera and “Cinema Verdi” when it ran Italian films exclusively.

sjfresearch on April 13, 2004 at 9:51 am

I am hoping someone might be able to answer a question for me. I am researching for a catlogue raisonne of work by American sculptor Sally James Farnham(1869-1943). In the Farnham archives, I have found a photo of a work she apparently created for the Princess Theatre in 1913. It depicts a female nude allegorical figure of Theatre with the words “The Princess Theatre of Thrills, F. Ray Comstock, manager New York”. I understand that the Princess Theatre was demolished in 1955. I would love to know if there are any existing photographs of the interior of the theatre or if anyone knows whether any works, such as this Farnham piece, might have been salvaged before the theatre was torn down.