Trans-Lux 52nd Street Theatre

586 Lexington Avenue,
New York, NY 10154

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Trans-Lux 52nd Street Theatre

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Opened in 1940, this East Side newsreel house-turned-art house is where the Fellini film “La Strada” premiered in 1956.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on July 24, 2005 at 11:51 am

D'accordo! For me the best Fellini films are Le notti di Cabiria, La strada, I vitelloni… and I bow to his somewhat later film Amarcord.

BoxOfficeBill on July 24, 2005 at 12:13 pm

Proprio quello che intendo anch'io.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on July 24, 2005 at 6:08 pm

Of course the “original Italian version” has Anthony Quinn and Richard Basehart dubbed in Italian. You hear their own voices in the English version.

RobertR on October 27, 2005 at 3:10 pm

There is a small ad here for “The Shaggy Dog” day and dating with the Odeon.
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AlexNYC on September 7, 2009 at 11:03 pm

I’m pretty sure this theater is demolished, not just closed. There is a modern office building in it’s place. I don’t thing I have ever even seen a photo of this theater. Has anybody?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 24, 2009 at 5:32 am

The Trans-Lux at 52nd and Lexington was a Thomas Lamb design. A picture of its streamline moderne auditorium was featured in an ad for Anemostat air diffusers that appeared in Boxoffice, January 5, 1946.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on March 3, 2010 at 12:16 am

This theatre was already operating as a newsreel site in December 1938.

The 1953 release of “Lili” ran for almost two years.

It closed in 1965 after a run of “cat Ballou”.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 12, 2010 at 7:46 am

A picture of the exterior from 1952 appears in Boxoffice Magazine, April 19, 1952. Go to page 26.

unowen on May 27, 2012 at 1:02 pm

I live on 1st and 51st. The Trans-Lux was the theatre that Marilyn Monroe walked over the subway grate in front, which blew her skirt up.

The night they filmed it, there were huge crowds, and a (very) angry Joe DiMaggio.

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