Loew's Canal Theatre

31 Canal Street,
New York, NY 10002

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Not much is known about this aging relic dating from September 1927, which is located on the far eastern end of Canal Street.

The theater is entered through a narrow entrance on Canal Street, which leads towards a large auditorium whose west wall is shared with a side street.

The theatre was opened and operated by Loew’s Theatres, until the 1960’s. Then, it became an ‘indie’ before it closed circa 1979-1980. Structurally, the theater appears to be in good shape. Exterior staircases on the side street are still present. Additionally, while shuttered, the theater has not yet been converted to retail space.

In 2010, hope was raised for the possible renovation of the long shuttered Loew’s Canal Theatre when the building’s current owners supported an effort by the Committee to Revitalize and Enrich the Arts and Tomorrow’s Economy(CREATE) to conduct a feasibility study for the conversion of the Canal Theatre into a multipurpose performance arts center. The group received $150,000 from the city for a feasibility study and $140.00 for additional studies.

Also that year, the facade of the lobby portion of the building was declared a city landmark. The auditorium was reported to be in remarkably good shape, with most of the decor intact.

Contributed by William Gabel

Recent comments (view all 163 comments)

NYCer
NYCer on January 11, 2012 at 7:12 am

Article in the LoDown yesterday – prompted by the buzz on Cinema Treasures http://www.thelodownny.com/leslog/2012/01/update-loews-canal-street-theatres-future.html

NativeForestHiller
NativeForestHiller on January 11, 2012 at 12:57 pm

Thank you for sharing this article. Let’s hope that performing arts center plans gain momentum, and no remaining interior detail is sacrificed, but rather restored and revitalized.

jimvid
jimvid on January 13, 2012 at 6:09 am

Thanks for posting…fingers crossed.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on January 13, 2012 at 6:21 am

What happened to this website’s promise to restore “instant activation” to links to items of interest on the internet? Many of us, including yours truly, are just too lazy to re-type long links like the one posted by “NYCer” two days ago. The response might have been much greater if we could have read it immediately.

PDDET
PDDET on January 13, 2012 at 5:50 pm

It’s simple. Just copy and past the link into the browser window. Highlight the whole link, Ctrl C, Click in the browser window Ctrl V, enter. There you go. You’re welcome

BoweryBoogie
BoweryBoogie on April 26, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Who has some clear shots of the interior as of this spring?

NYCer
NYCer on April 26, 2012 at 5:29 pm

Mr. Sung recently unveiled his new condo development in a former public school building nearby that he bought 30 years ago. Units start at $500K and he’s hired a real estate broker to market it to Orthodox Jewish families.

If it took 30 years for him to finish this project, who knows how long the theater will take! Theater will probably crumble first.

Two recent articles on the condos (LoDown) and how Mr. Sung’s acquired the school building (WSJ):

http://www.thelodownny.com/leslog/2012/03/a-conversation-with-madison-jackson-brokerdeveloper-michael-bolla.html

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203889904577199531679271756.html

Flynn
Flynn on August 15, 2012 at 12:52 am

I’ve been looking for something else, but find other things by accident instead. This website has a few nice images of the theatre with some historical information. I’m just passing through to share.

http://daytoninmanhattan.blogspot.com/search/label/chinatown

davidfrancis
davidfrancis on June 27, 2014 at 8:30 am

new foto tour of the interior:

http://gothamist.com/2014/06/27/photos_breaking_in_to_the_old_loews.php#photo-1

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