Grand Pussycat Cinema

1607 Broadway,
New York, NY 10019

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Grand Pussycat Cinema

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 68 comments)

fred1 on August 24, 2011 at 4:07 pm

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

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 24, 2011 at 5:00 pm

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 3:10 pm

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

DavidZornig on September 5, 2015 at 9:33 am

1986 photo added, photo credit Stephen Harmon.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 5, 2015 at 12:08 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 9:58 am

1965 photo as the Trans Lux added via Mauri Huttunen.

DavidZornig on March 15, 2018 at 8:05 pm

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

StevenOtero on May 6, 2018 at 8:56 am

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

vindanpar on June 6, 2018 at 7:03 pm

New photo I would say is not ‘66 but '64.

What tipped me off is large The Bible billboard between 45th and 46th Street. This was the early one announcing production of the film. There was a second one for when the film was completed and would open at Loew’s State in'66 using the photos that you see on the cover of the LP(I saw this one as a boy.)

Then if you look closely at the Warner marquee IAMMMMW is playing its Cinerama roadshow engagement which had opened in ‘63. And you see a large sign part of which says HAM. This could be an advertisement for the Burton Hamlet(not that it needed it) which played on Broadway in '64.

Hard though to see what was playing at the Trans Lux.

Sorry but I love the minutiae of the old Times Square.

DavidZornig on June 6, 2018 at 7:39 pm

You are correct. I blew it up and on the Trans Lux marquee it reads “Planes Crash 57 Perish” which was Civil Air Transport Flight 106 on June 20, 1964 & “Kennedy Tours Poland”, which was RFK’s trip in June 1964. There is also a “NY World’s Fair 64” license plate on the convertible at the curb.

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