New York Theatre

1482 Broadway,
New York, NY 10036

Unfavorite 7 people favorited this theater

Showing 1 - 25 of 53 comments

poman on November 28, 2020 at 8:21 pm

Hi Al - Yes, like the other Medina-owned twin in Times Square, the Nuevo Cine 1 & 2 ran Spanish-language movies that were usually only advertised in El Diario.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on March 25, 2020 at 8:55 pm

Poman, I can second your “Cine 43” claim in 1982-1983, it is in the DAILY NEWS archives. I have not yet found a Nuevo Cine listing. Were the films in Spanish?

poman on March 25, 2020 at 8:13 pm

As per a Variety article published on March 30, 1983: This theater was twinned in March ‘83 and reopened in April as the Nuevo Cine 1 & 2, “operated by Sergio Medina, who runs the prestigious Cine 1 & 2 locations at Broadway and 46th Street.” Nuevo Cine 1 had 340 seats, Nuevo Cine 2 had 360. Previously the theater had operated as a kung fu house called the Cine 43 (from May 28, 1982 to March 20, 1983) — something I posted here 13 years ago but apparently went unnoticed, as Cine 43 was never added as a previous name.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on February 2, 2018 at 6:38 am

The New York was re-launched as the Globe Theatre on May 22nd, 1958, with the American premiere engagement of “The Vicious Breed,” a Swedish melodrama about juvenile delinquency. The original Globe had re-opened as the “legit” Lunt-Fontanne in April of that same year.

DavidZornig on January 30, 2018 at 4:28 pm

1955 photo added via Al Ponte’s Time Machine-New York Facebook page. Partial marquee behind an awning.

DavidZornig on October 21, 2015 at 8:46 pm

1952 photo added courtesy of Al Ponte’s Time Machine – New York Facebook page.

DavidZornig on September 4, 2015 at 3:04 pm

Circa 1940’s photo added, photo credit Andreas Feininger.

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on May 19, 2012 at 3:40 pm

I am working on a project to document the history of adult theatres in the US. If anyone has any person memories of the Globe/ Big Apple they would be willing to share, please contact me at mjprigge at uwm dot edu

TLSLOEWS on June 27, 2010 at 3:19 pm

Nice article Al.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on June 26, 2010 at 4:08 pm

This article appeared in the NYT on February 27, 1940.

View link

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on June 26, 2010 at 4:00 pm

This intro needs to be adjusted. The New York opened in March 1940 on the site of the Geo. M. Cohan which had last showed movies in 1938.

kencmcintyre on November 27, 2008 at 12:48 pm

Here is a 1971 photo from Life Magazine:

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on April 8, 2008 at 6:47 pm

D.O.A. opened at the Criterion in early May 1950.

kencmcintyre on April 8, 2008 at 5:52 pm

Here is an undated photo from

kencmcintyre on April 7, 2008 at 11:15 am

That’s odd, as they come up on my computer. I will try PB.

DavidHurlbutt on August 21, 2007 at 7:54 am

In early television (late 40s and 50s) The New York theater’s marquee was always prominent in the coverage of New Year Eve’s celebration in Times Square. As a Midwesterner I was always surprised each year to see that the New York with such a great location was always showing a second-run film.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on August 21, 2007 at 6:53 am

I saw something here once…The Opening of Misty Beethoven, I think. I wish I had appreciated the theater more at the time, and paid less attention to what was on the screen.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 21, 2007 at 1:06 am

Hey Hollywood – what happened to your photos?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on July 10, 2007 at 3:57 pm

Damn you, Hollywood!
Now I’m craving Nathan’s hot dog and I am nowhere near New York.

poman on March 20, 2007 at 4:52 pm

I think we’re confusing two different theaters.

The theater on Broadway near Nathan’s was at one time known as the Cine 43 when it was running kung fu movies in the early ‘80s, then switched to Spanish language movies before changing its name to the Big Apple and finishing off its existence as a porn theater.

The Cine 1 and 2 was further uptown on 7th Avenue, and it did run mainstream stuff for a while, after doing the Spanish language programming, then porn, then doing the Giuliani 60/40 video grindhouse thing.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on March 1, 2007 at 7:36 am

Thanks, Al. I think the latter is most likely the case. Warren’s description as to how Cine 1 and 2 operated here sounds too much like the history of the Agee/Cine/Show Palace that was between the DeMille and the Doll a few blocks up Seventh Ave to be coincidence. Unless he can clear this up, my guess is that he got his facts crossed up a bit between the two sites when posting this submission.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on February 28, 2007 at 11:44 pm

Ed, I can’t find any proof that this sight was ever operating as that although it may very well have done so as a porn site.

It is also quite possible that the Big Apple named the screens Cine-1 and Cine-2 once you went inside. This was not rare in the mini cinema era.