New York Theatre

1482 Broadway,
New York, NY 10036

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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.

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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.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on February 28, 2007 at 4:21 pm

Al… my fellow Times Square veteran and enthusiast… If you would be so kind, can you tell us if this theater was ever known as Cine 1 and 2 before it’s time as the Big Apple Theater? If not, could you offer a possible explanation for the words “Cine 1” seen either on or through the glass doors in the “Unknown Soldier” photo I posted above on July 5th, 2006?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on February 28, 2007 at 10:44 am

HARD TO KILL and THE ROOKIE played first run at the City Cinema West Side (aka Agee, Cine, Show Follies).

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on February 26, 2007 at 3:57 pm

My mistake, by the way… the Richard Basciano porn palace on 7th near 47th adjacent to the DeMille and known at one time as Cine 1 and 2 was called “Show Follies” in the late ‘80’s into the '90’s, not Show Palace.