5th Avenue Cinema

66 5th Avenue,
New York, NY 10011

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January 14, 1971

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The 5th Avenue Playhouse was opened December 16, 1925. It was renamed 5th Avenue Cinema in 1954 when it was operated by Ragoff & Becker. A premiere art house in the Greenwich Village area of New York for many decades where the offerings were always synonymous with high quality. Satyajit Ray’s “Pather Panchali!” was introduced to New York moviegoers in this small venue. Pasolini’s “Accattone” had its first commercial run here. Closed in September 1974, the theatre building is now part of the New School for Social Research.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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mhantholz
mhantholz on May 21, 2010 at 2:41 am

I lived @ FIFTH AVENUE CINEMA mid-1960s-70s. Living 4 blocks south, at the Hotel Marlton 5 West 8th St., it was the movie theater of choice—-the Art and the 8th St.Playhouse were for the fairies & débutantes at NYU and the bridge-&-tunnel mutts who got off on “Rocky Horror Show” [hawk-ptoo]. I saw a double-bill here that can’t be beat—–“L'Aventura” / “Last Year At Marienbad”. Saw them again recently—-after all the jokes, these two are among the very few from the ‘60s to have survived, their power intact. The snapper here is that not only has Parson School Of Design taken over the 5th Ave. for an auditorium, they’ve taken over my old home, the Hotel Marlton for dorms !!! Am I to be spared nothing ??

cblog
cblog on November 2, 2012 at 6:23 am

My mom and I saw Dr.Strangelove here, after my Saturday morning children’s theater group at Mills College of Education, and lunch at the Schraffts 13th st. We saw other films, but Dr.Strangelove created the memory. The mural was fascinating to look at, at least for a child.

dallasmovietheaters
dallasmovietheaters on January 28, 2017 at 10:40 pm

The Fifth Avenue Playhouse opened on December 16, 1925and converted to the Fifth Avenue Cinema in 1954.

Astyanax
Astyanax on May 27, 2017 at 8:30 pm

Any sign of the Hirshfeld mural?

EduardoSuave
EduardoSuave on June 2, 2017 at 12:12 pm

The closing date is incorrect. The cinema closed in September 1974. After seeing two mentions here of a purported 1973 closing date, I recalled that the last thing I’d seen there was the closed circuit broadcast of the second Ali-Frazier fight — which took place in January 1974. A look into the New York Magazine archives showed the theater was open into the following September. The last showing was apparently a double bill of two erotic French films, Going Places (Les Valseuses) and Le Sex Shop.

rivest266
rivest266 on August 22, 2017 at 7:08 pm

This was with the France-Film circuit, which was based in Montreal, QC in the 1930’s.

Found on Newspapers.com

They also built Cinemas de Paris cinemas in Montreal, Quebec, Sherbrooke, Trois Rivieres. As of the time of this writings they own the St. Denis in Montreal.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on August 23, 2017 at 9:27 am

This was just a management and name change for the already existing 5th Avenue Playhouse. I don’t think it lasted too long.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 23, 2017 at 9:55 am

It was Cinema de Paris for at least eight years.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on August 24, 2017 at 4:44 pm

I don’t know exactly how long “Cinema de Paris” lasted as a name, but certainly not eight years or even half that. The ad from the Brooklyn Eagle is dated June 24th, 1935. By August 24th, 1938, the cinema was back to being advertised in The New York Times as the 5th Avenue Playhouse with two Austrian features as part of its “1st International Film Festival.”

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 24, 2017 at 7:20 pm

It was called Cinema de Paris alternatively from 1935 to 1942 depending on the product being run.

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