Charles Theatre

193 Avenue B,
New York, NY 10009

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Charles Theatre

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Originally opened as the Bijou Theatre in 1926. In later years it was one of the early New York theatres to program off-beat and independent films. It showed early Warhol and had open film nights where young filmmakers could get an audience.

In the early-2000’s, it was in use as a church. It was demolished in the summer of 2012.

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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on June 9, 2009 at 2:22 pm

The Bijou Theatre was vividly described in yesterday’s “Metropolitan Diary” in The New York Times. The letter by a former patron is the second entry here:
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jbenzon
jbenzon on June 12, 2009 at 4:08 pm

The theater also ran jazz matinees on Sunday afternoons in the early 60s. I remember seeing Jerome Richardson and Les Spann playing flute duets or flute and guiter duets, among other acts. It helped that the theater was diagonally across the avenue from Stanley’s, one of the earliest of the hipster bars in the far east.

meredithlee
meredithlee on November 5, 2009 at 10:12 pm

Reverend Carlos Torres is working to restore the theater:
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allanxk
allanxk on December 7, 2009 at 10:14 pm

There’s a nice article by Charles L. Mee, Jr. on the Charles in the November 1962 issue of Horizon magazine: “WHERE TALENT IS TRIED AND TESTED, At the Charles Theatre in New York the art of film has found a smoky and uproarious arena for self-criticism.”

pamelajfk
pamelajfk on June 4, 2010 at 5:05 pm

Does anyone recall seeing the Wolper documentary “1000 Days” about the Kennedy administration (b+w) followed by a screening of a copy of the Zapruder film in late November/early December 1964?

Is anyone aware of any other early screenings of the Zapruder film, which was not released to the general public until the mid-70’s?

Thank you.

roots66
roots66 on June 19, 2010 at 1:19 pm

Here’s a glimpse at the interior.

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Matt Lambros
Matt Lambros on February 28, 2012 at 2:50 pm

I recently photographed the Charles Theatre

Take a look here.

pamelajfk
pamelajfk on August 30, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Oh no, that is so sad. It was beautiful. This is the place where I saw a copy of the Zapruder film in November 1964. Anyone else?

SaraTonin
SaraTonin on May 17, 2013 at 5:15 am

is this the place where they used to have balls, a la Paris Is Burning?

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