517 17th Street,
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The Dufwin Theatre opened on October 14, 1928 with 1,400 seats, and was used initially for live theater. It was converted for movies and renamed the Roxie Theatre on December 5, 1930 with Eddie Cantor in “Whoopee”. It was closed in the early-1980’s.
It was eventually gutted and converted into office space and renamed Dufwin Towers, though a trio of mosaics depicting its original function on the front (which was restored during the conversion after being painted over for years) remains, as does the lettering “Dufwin Theater” above.
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