Grand Pussycat Cinema

1607 Broadway,
New York, NY 10019

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Grand Pussycat Cinema

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Designed by Eugene DeRosa, the Trans-Lux Broadway Theatre was a small newsreel theatre, first opened in 1936. The entrance was on the west side of Broadway, just below the intersection with 49th Street. By the mid-1950’s, television had made newsreel houses redundant, so the Trans-Lux Broadway Theatre switched to double features or whatever first-run bookings it could get.

In December 1966, it was renovated to the plans of architect Drew Eberson and reopened as the Trans-Lux West Theatre on April 24, 1967 as a link to the circuit’s brand-new Trans-Lux East Theatre on 3rd Avenue. Trans-Lux tried to book the two theatres day-and-date, but that didn’t prove too successful because the Broadway theatre had a quite different clientele.

The Trans-Lux West Theatre closed in the 1970’s, but had re-opened by 1981 as the Grand Pussycat Cinema, with a spectacular neon frontage hiding its newsreel origin. The Grand Pussycat Cinema was so successful that it spawned a copycat around the corner on 49th Street called the Kitty Kat Cinema, converted from a restaurant.

Both were demolished in 1987 to make way for a skyscraper hotel.

Contributed by Warren G. Harris

Recent comments (view all 66 comments)

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on February 23, 2010 at 4:51 pm

This was the Embassy 49 for only one year in 1976. By 1977 it was the Pussycat.

RickB on April 16, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Here is a screen capture from the TV series Taxi showing this theater’s marquee (as the Embassy 49) at far left. It’s from a first-season episode titled, appropriately enough, Hollywood Calling.

fred1 on August 25, 2011 at 12:07 am

Was this theater was known as th the Byransten west during the booking of Andy Warhol’s Frankenstien

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 25, 2011 at 1:00 am

This theatre was listed as Bryanston in Variety but advertised as Bryan West in 1975.

It opened “Frankenstein” as the Trans-Lux West.

DavidZornig on September 4, 2015 at 11:10 pm

1984 photo added, photo credit Ghislian Bonneau. Pussycat on left.

DavidZornig on September 5, 2015 at 5:33 pm

1986 photo added, photo credit Stephen Harmon.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 5, 2015 at 8:08 pm

Linkrot repair: The links in my comment of November 9, 2009, are dead. The Boxoffice articles I referred to about the remodeling of the Trans-Lux Broadway into the Trans Lux West are now here:

December 19, 1966 (I mistakenly said it was from 1965 in my earlier comment.)

April 24, 1967. This is a brief item saying construction had begun and that the opening was planned for May 22.

The remodeling project was designed by Drew Eberson, who had also designed the Trans-Lux East Theatre a few years earlier.

DavidZornig on February 15, 2018 at 5:58 pm

1965 photo as the Trans Lux added via Mauri Huttunen.

DavidZornig on March 16, 2018 at 3:05 am

1971 screen grab from “The French Connection” added.
Marquee reads Trans-Lux West.

StevenOtero on May 6, 2018 at 4:56 pm

“The Lady In Black ” 1956 photo courtesy of Al Ponte’s Time Machine added.

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