Trans-Lux 52nd Street Theatre

586 Lexington Avenue,
New York, NY 10154

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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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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 24, 2005 at 1:28 pm

When it finished its run here, “La Strada” played the Loew’s neighborhood circuit, but in an English-dubbed version. The second feature was UA’s “Trooper Hook,” a B&W western with Joel McCrea and Barbara Stanwyck. After the Loew’s break, “La Strada” played NYC “arties” in the original Italian version with English sub-titles, and usually as a single feature.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on July 24, 2005 at 3:08 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
RobertR on October 27, 2005 at 12:10 pm

There is a small ad here for “The Shaggy Dog” day and dating with the Odeon.
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AlexNYC
AlexNYC on September 7, 2009 at 8:03 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 2:32 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.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on March 2, 2010 at 9:16 pm

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 4:46 am

A picture of the exterior from 1952 appears in Boxoffice Magazine, April 19, 1952. Go to page 26.
http://issuu.com/boxoffice/docs/boxoffice_041952

unowen
unowen on May 27, 2012 at 10:02 am

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.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on March 10, 2013 at 8:49 am

Sixty years ago today (3/10/53), MGM’s Technicolored “Lili,” a sentimental fantasy with Leslie Caron in the title role, opened its world premiere engagement at the Trans-Lux 52nd Street. Thanks to favorable word-of-mouth and the popularity of the theme song, “Hi Lili, Hi Lo,” the run extended into a second year.

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