Carnegie Hall Cinema

881 Seventh Avenue,
New York, NY 10019

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Carnegie Hall Cinema

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This was a cute cinema tucked under the famed Carnegie Hall. It had a moderate size cinema and then a screening room size cinema on the lobby level all on the side entrance on Seventh Avenue of the landmark. It showed indie films. In the early-1970’s it was screening gay porn movies.

It closed for a while and then reopened under Cineplex Odeon management for a five-to-seven year run and then closed again in late-October 1997. It was gutted and turned into added concert hall space.

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AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on April 21, 2013 at 2:17 pm

During the 1974-1975 period the Lincoln Art down the street was showing hard core porn, the Paris was showing the x-rated “EMMANUELLE: and the Fine Arts was showing the controversial hard R "THE NIGHT PORTER”. The line between art and smut was very murky then.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on April 23, 2013 at 4:29 pm

Hello to Al A.–

you have been most helpful with questions i have had since i discovered this website. now they say if you search the Internet long enough you’ll find what you’re looking for but that’s not strictly true. this where your help comes in.

there is a well known photo i believe by Bernice Abbot of a Lyric Theater on 3rd Ave. between 12th and 13th Sts. the date the photo was taken is given as 4/24/36. the headline film for the day is a Chaplin flick noted by a cardboard cut out of Charlie himself directly to the right of the box office. my point being i don’t think there was ever a movie theater called the Lyric on 3rd Ave. between 12th and 13th Sts.

i was in the area this past weekend so i decided to investigate. if you look at the left side of 3rd Ave. between 12th and 13th Sts. all the building are older than the theater would have been. there is a newer building in the middle of the block but it only occupies the space between the two adjacent older buildings. also the front is way to narrow when you consider how wide the front of the Lyric is in the photo. also the same thing happens if you look at the right side of 3rd Ave. between 12th. and 13th Sts. all the buildings seem as old or older than the theater would have been. again there is a newer building in the middle of the block but it again only occupies the space between the two adjacent older buildings. likewise the front is way to narrow to be be occupying the same space as the theater’s wide front did.

my point being as evidenced by my survey this past weekend there may very well have been a Lyric Theater with a wide front showing a Chaplin film on 4/24/36 in Manhattan but i don’t see how it could possibly have been located on 3rd Ave. between 12th and 13th Sts.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on April 23, 2013 at 4:44 pm

bigjoe59, the Lyric is here: http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/8371

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on April 25, 2013 at 3:16 pm

to Al A.–

as always thanks for the info. as i said in my previous post i wasn’t completely ruling out the existence of a Lyric Theater on 3rd Ave. between 12th & 13th i just didn’t see how it was possible. all of the buildings on the left side of 3rd Ave. between 12th & 13th St. are rather small/narrow so i do see how only one building could possible have housed a movie theater of any note. is it possible that when it was the Lyric has captured in the famous photo that the auditorium per se was in fact a combination of two buildings? i only remember it as the Bijou a gay porn house and assumed the Bijou was housed in only half of the original building.

also take a look at the photo again. since it was taken in the late 30s shouldn’t there be a shadow from the 3rd Avenue El?

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on April 25, 2013 at 3:30 pm

A shadow would depend on the time of day. On all counts, the Lyric was a small house.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on April 25, 2013 at 4:29 pm

Wouldn’t it make more sense to discuss the Lyric at its own listing? It had no connection with the Carnegie Hall Cinema that I’m aware of. You might attract more input from people with information or memories about the Lyric.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on April 25, 2013 at 9:52 pm

There is so much info about the Lyric on the Lyric page, especially in links that Tinseltoes has already posted.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on April 30, 2013 at 6:07 pm

hello to Tinseltoes-

you certainly make a valid point. so this past weekend i did some further investigating. the notes of which are posted on the Lyric/Bijou’s own page.

Ed Miller
Ed Miller on September 29, 2013 at 2:10 pm

The last time I was in the Carnegie Hall Cinema was, sadly, in the late ‘70s. I went with some very close friends to see, with what could be described as a VERY receptive audience, a revival of “Suddenly, Last Summer”. What a treat to see one of my all-time favorite movies on a big screen; in fact, it was the ONLY time I’ve seen this movie in a theater. What a pity that the days of revival houses in Manhattan have passed.

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