55th Street Playhouse

154 55th Street,
New York, NY 10022

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55th Street Playhouse

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This was a tiny cinema of some reputation that for decades showed first run art house features and special programs.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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MarcFurstenberg
MarcFurstenberg on July 9, 2012 at 4:41 am

You’re all crazy. It was located between 8th Ave. & Broadway, on the south side of the street, closer to B'way. I can take you to the site today if you wish.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 9, 2012 at 8:35 am

Marc, you’re the one that’s “crazy.” You must have another cinema in mind. The 55th Street Playhouse was positively at this address.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on July 9, 2012 at 9:42 am

Tinseltoes is correct. It is two blocks down from Carnegie Hall, and around the corner from the Carnegie Deli, which is at 7th near 55th, an eatery that is a point of reference for me.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on July 9, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Marc is thinking of the David.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on July 9, 2012 at 4:05 pm

Someone is thinking with his little head instead of his big head.

MarcFurstenberg
MarcFurstenberg on July 11, 2012 at 4:04 am

The David was the name of the 55th St. Playhouse when it went porno.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on July 11, 2012 at 5:50 am

The David (or New David) has its own listing here on CT and its entry indicates that its address was 236 W. 54th St. A comparison of the photos at the various links in the comments shows two dissimilar buildings, and the buildings adjacent to the two theaters do not match ; the building that housed the 55th St. Playhouse has an alley to the right of the entrance, whereas the building that was the David does not.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on July 11, 2012 at 8:57 am

There were two David’s and neither was the 55th Street Playhouse.

astrojeepie
astrojeepie on July 11, 2012 at 4:54 pm

Mr Alvarez is correct. There was a David on West 55th St—-which wasn’t the 55th St Playhouse. And later on there was a New David Cinema—-which was down the block from Studio 54. Both Davids were strictly porno

NYer
NYer on May 20, 2013 at 10:50 am

There was a discussion of a lost film here called “Him” and if it actually played here. I’ve been doing research trying to find a lost documentary I know I saw as a kid about the space program. Anyway, I have been going through all the Village Voices from the 70’s which are available on line and not only did “Him” play here, it played three separate multi-week engagements thru ‘73 –'75 with big half page ads to boot.

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