Gramercy Theater

127 E. 23rd Street,
New York, NY 10010

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Gramercy Theatre exterior

Opened in 1937 as the Gramercy Park Theatre, a name it kept into at least the early 1950’s. The Gramercy Theatre was recently used for the Museum of Modern Art’s films. It was also the location shoot used in the Fugees video “Killing Me Softly”.

Since closing for movies it has re-opened in 2007 as the Blender Theatre at Gramercy, a concert venue operated by Live Nation. However, by 2009, it had reverted back to the Gramercy Theater name.

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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on February 5, 2010 at 3:15 pm

The Bollywood period here ran from late 1995 to early 1996.

Greenpoint
Greenpoint on January 19, 2011 at 4:15 am

I can’t wait to see the Insane Clown Posse there on 4/29…the triumphant return of The Dark Carnivial to the NYC area…Juggalos unite!

rivoli157
rivoli157 on November 13, 2011 at 7:50 pm

I lived across the street from the theatre from 1985-1990. Would look out my window to see how long the line was before going out.
Saw Aliens here, also Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Mystic Pizza, The Wizard of Oz and Fantasia. I loved being able to just walk across the street to the movies!

Bway
Bway on November 15, 2011 at 2:45 am

Fantasia played for many weeks there. I remember it on the marquee when i used to go under it every day around 1990 and 1991.

bicyclereporter
bicyclereporter on May 24, 2012 at 1:21 am

will be here for the BlipFest this weekend.

SeaBassTian
SeaBassTian on September 3, 2012 at 6:36 am

I lived across the street circa 1991. Never my favorite, the only films I remember seeing were The Replacements and Oscar. I seem to recall they had a slow turnaround time, they showed The Doctor for what seemed like months.

Jack Theakston
Jack Theakston on February 24, 2015 at 5:14 am

Saw many films here in the late ‘80s/early '90s, but it just couldn’t keep up with the Cineplex Odeon on 23rd and the row of theaters on 34th. The eyeglasses store had that great pink neon sign next door (seen in the photo above not lit) that could have only been designed in the '70s or '80s.

HomecrestGuy
HomecrestGuy on January 18, 2019 at 3:54 pm

Photo added, in CT Gallery, of East 23 Street, with part of Gramercy marquee showing, circa 1940. Hopefully, some better vintage images of this, and other theaters, will surface in the future.

robboehm
robboehm on January 18, 2019 at 7:34 pm

Uploaded photo as the Blender.

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