1456 1st Avenue,
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The Monroe Theatre was one of the largest theatres ever built on Manhattan’s Upper East Side by an indie circuit, in this case by William Salkin & Associates, which also operated three smaller houses in the area. The Monroe Theatre first opened in January, 1926, but, as far as I know, it never presented anything but subsequent-run movies.
Perhaps the owners were counting on selling it to one of the Hollywood-connected circuits, but that never happened. In 1938, Salkin sold the Monroe Theatre to Brandt Theatres, which operated it until 1949, when it was switched to Brandt’s Trans-Lux subsidiary. The Trans-Lux Monroe Theatre closed in 1953 and was converted into a TV studio.
About five years ago, it was still standing, but it may have been demolished since as part of the area’s apartment building boom.
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