Coliseum Cinemas

4260-4261 Broadway,
New York, NY 10033

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DavidZornig on November 18, 2016 at 10:53 pm

Wider version of the B.S. Moss Coliseum, circa 1920’s photo added credit Wurts Brothers.

RobertR on August 17, 2015 at 12:00 pm

I was suprised this closed, there were not many theatres left uptown.

Metropolite on July 27, 2015 at 3:20 pm

DNA Info reports the Coliseum may become a shopping center.

npete on June 2, 2015 at 5:49 pm

I live about 15 blocks from this theater and am really worried about it—it’s been shutdown for years and it looks like there has been zero movement in reusing the space. Obviously, all the retail stores are fine, but the projectors, theater seats, and related multiplex fixtures have seemingly all been left to rot. I would really love to see this place get preserved in some way, whether it is kept a movie theater or not (though, that would be preferable, as there aren’t any movie theaters in my neighborhood at all currently. :(

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 10, 2015 at 3:40 pm

The name “Piera” in the last line of the first paragraph of the introduction should be Pereira. De Rosa and Pereira were in partnership from about 1917 to about 1921. I’m pretty sure this was Percival Pereira, who had worked in Thomas Lamb’s office until 1915, then had a brief association with C. Howard Crane, who opened a New York branch office that year.

The May, 1919, issue of The Bridgemen’s Magazine had this item:

“New York.—Theater—B. S. Moss Co., 729 Seventh avenue, soon lets contract building 2-story, 137x161ft. brick and steel, concrete foundation, on 181st street and Broadway. About $475,000. De Rosa & Pereira, 110 W. Fortieth street, architects.”

R68Dtrain2500 on December 23, 2014 at 10:33 pm

No wounder this theater must been a fromer movie house for 94 years and was converted to 4 Multiplex because of the original stage was making away for a retail store back in july 1991

jordanlage on May 26, 2014 at 12:04 pm

Anyone know of a former small theater that may have been located on the north side of West 187th St. between Cabrini Blvd. & Fort Washington Ave.? A deli is now in that space. Looks like it could have been a former theater. Just curious.

guarina on May 25, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Tinseltoes, That was on my birthday. That was the last winter we lived in New York. We moved south in March.

RobertR on May 25, 2012 at 2:34 pm

I never knew the neighborhood run was that rigid on one week playdates on the first tier. I guess when pictures still had strong legs the second and third tier really benefitted.

guarina on May 25, 2012 at 11:06 am

Yes, thanks. Sal Mineo in “Rebel without a Cause” reminded me of him.

guarina on May 25, 2012 at 10:04 am

I saw “Giant” there with Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean and Sal Mineo early one February, there was a heavy snowfall and Broadway was blocked. It was James Dean’s last movie. Can somebody tell me who played the younger boy in “Knock on Any Door” with John Derek?

RobertR on May 23, 2012 at 10:56 pm

There are no cinemas close and still they cant make it?

guarina on April 25, 2012 at 4:51 am

I remember the RKO Coliseum from 1951 and it was still going strong in 1957.

Saturn5Dad on April 19, 2012 at 4:34 pm

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Saturn5Dad on April 19, 2012 at 4:33 pm

Website for folks interested in saving the Coliseum has changed – now please go to! Thanks!

jmegraw on January 14, 2012 at 3:07 pm

I blogged at NYPL about the Coliseum’s Vaudeville days with pics mostly from the 1920s.

LuisV on January 11, 2012 at 8:43 am

There is a meeting on saving this historic theater on Thursday, January 12th….details in the article below which appeared in today’s

WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — When the Coliseum Theater, Manhattan’s oldest operating movie theater, silently closed its doors at the end of 2011, rumors of big box and drugstores replacing the 92-year-old space began to swirl uptown.

Fear that the theater would soon become a J. C. Penny’s — a rumor that turned out to be false, local leaders said — ignited interest in turning the theater into an uptown arts space for the countless artists that call Upper Manhattan home, but have few options to show their work.

Sources said the 3,500-seat movie theater built in 1920 closed because of financial problems. The historic movie palace had most recently closed down in 2002, but reopened in 2004.

With the theater’s history in mind, “Save the Coliseum” movement by a group now tentatively called the Washington Heights Arts & Movies (WHAM) formed in late December, and has now grown to more than 300 since its Dec. 21, 2011 launch.

“Let’s find a way to save and restore this faded treasure. Or make it into something even MORE wonderful. Hey, it can’t be as hard as saving The High Line,” Washington Heights dad Jeff Hoppa wrote on a Facebook page he created for residents to discuss the future of the site.

Within days the site was popping with ideas from residents on what the site could become. Now the group plans to meet to discuss how to make it a reality on Thurs., Jan. 12, at 8 p.m. at Le Cheile, 839 W. 181st St.

Uptown writer and Washington Heights resident Melissa Fendell Moschitto, 31, was the first to post about the closure on local blog Hudson Heights Gazette when she lamented the closure of the only movie theater above 125th Street in Manhattan.

She said she hoped to see the space reopen as a cultural meeting place for the countless uptown artistic treasures she has come to know in the more than seven years she has lived near the Coliseum. “We’re at a unique time where there have been a lot of performances uptown and the community is responding to it,” she said. “We want our own BAM,” she later added referring to the Brooklyn Academy of Music, which is billed as “the home for adventurous artists, audiences, and ideas.”

Saturn5Dad on December 21, 2011 at 2:20 pm!/groups/156753344429112/

jsm360 on December 20, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Change status of this theater to closed. Walked by it the other day and its deserted, so are some of the adjoining stores..if the JC penny rumor is factual, just a matter of time before the remaining stores will have to vacate. Sad indeed..very sad :(

Ace on November 26, 2011 at 5:24 pm

Yes, the Coliseum has been closed for a week or two now, and I’d also know like to know what’s going on, if anybody knows. Is it a temporary closing like back in ‘09, or is it closed for good?

Saturn5Dad on November 9, 2011 at 2:43 pm

I hear this theater may close for a JCPenny – ack! My son saw his first movie here. Any movie house restoration angels with deep pockets reading this? Our only neighborhood movie house – help!

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on June 16, 2011 at 10:25 pm

Jona… the website hosts a pair of 1986 images here and here.

They also have this image from 1967, when the theater still used its original entrance on Broadway.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on June 29, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Based on the bookings and the facade, these two photos on Brad Smith’s photobucket are of the RKO Coliseum in 1935.

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Jona on June 17, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Hi all, I grew up in this neighborhood and was wondering if anyone has any photos of the theater from diff angles around 1986 or 1987 that I wouldn’t have to pay for :) Thank you!