Brandt's Murray Hill Theatre

74 E. 42nd Street,
New York, NY 10017

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Located at Park Avenue on the south side of E. 42nd Street, across the street from Grand Central Station in the Art Deco style Airlines Building. Opened in the 1930’s as the Airlines Theatre, it was renamed Embassy Newsreel Theatre in 1941. This theatre advertised in 1949 its showing of the British film “The Facts of Love”. It was last operated as Brandt’s Murray Hill Theatre.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on March 19, 2004 at 6:37 am

Could this have been the same place as the Grand Central Theatre which is listed elsewhere?

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on November 25, 2009 at 1:58 pm

This is listed as the AIR LINES theatre in the 1942 Film daily Year Book.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on December 14, 2009 at 6:46 am

The 1943 Film Daily Year Book lists a Newsreel Theatre at 74 E. 42nd street as well as the aforementioned Air Lines theatre at 42nd and Park.

Does anyone know if all three theatres were the same?

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on February 15, 2010 at 6:59 pm

The Airlines name makes even more sense now. Seating and location all match although the mailing address was once on 42nd street. This theatre opened on October 18, 1940 as the Airlines Newsreel and had the same publicity agent as the Grand central Newsreel inside the terminal.

From 1949 it was a late run double feature house. In February 1951, after the Loew’s 42nd Street (aka Murray Hill) had closed, this became Brandt’s Murray Hill.

Airlines and Murray Hill should be added as aka names.

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