Regent Theatre

1912 Seventh Avenue,
New York, NY 10026

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 1, 2014 at 9:17 pm

Near the beginning of the 1951 movie “Teresa,” there is a shot of what seems like this theatre, displaying the 1947 movie “Fiesta” on the marquee, possibly put there to indicate the immediate post-war setting of the story about a G.I. and his Italian wife.

LugosiResearch
LugosiResearch on December 30, 2012 at 2:04 am

On Thursday 8 February 1951, Bela “Dracula” Lugosi presented his in person Horror and Magic Stage show at RKO Regent. Currently I am conducting research on all things Lugosi; if anyone out there actually saw this show and/or has memorabilia (poster, handbill, photos) related to this show, please contact Bill at Thanks in advance for any assistance!

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on October 21, 2012 at 9:43 pm

in regards to AL A.’s comment of 11/15/10. the info in the intro at top is no mistake. the film “Pandora’s Box” which opened the Regent starred John Bunny and co-starred Lillian Walker as the person the title refers to.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 12, 2012 at 9:21 pm

This spent much of its cinematic lifetime as the RKO Regent, but that name doesn’t turn up in a search. Shouldn’t it be listed as an alternate name on this page?

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 12, 2012 at 9:18 pm

Described in this 1913 trade article: archive

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on February 3, 2011 at 7:19 pm

was the Regent the first movie palace built in the U.S. or
simply the first movie palace built in NYC?

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on January 17, 2011 at 9:00 pm

Some recent exterior photos in the first and second parts of this new article about 116th Street: http://www.forgotten-ny.com/WALKS/116th/116th.html

iatse311
iatse311 on December 1, 2010 at 8:47 pm

im sure they meant first movie palace…

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on November 15, 2010 at 7:31 pm

Hmmm.

It also appears to have managed to open the 1929 film “Pandora’s Box” in 1913.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on November 15, 2010 at 5:16 pm

This NYT article and slide show describes the Regent as “the first movie theater in New York City.” What utter nonsense!
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AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on February 27, 2010 at 3:53 am

The Regent re-opened and was still showing movies in 1964.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on January 30, 2009 at 6:26 pm

The Regent stopped showing movies in 1963.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on December 16, 2006 at 2:01 pm

In 1941, Harlem moviegoers seemed to prefer westerns to bedroom farce: www.i8.photobucket.com/albums/a18/Warrengwhiz/rkoregent.jpg

BobFurmanek
BobFurmanek on February 23, 2006 at 4:38 pm

To promote his new film “The Ladies Man,” Jerry Lewis appeared on stage at this theater on July 12, 1961.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on August 15, 2005 at 1:27 pm

There is a picture of this theater in Entertainment Weekly issue 833, as the first movie palace. (This issue also has a lot of other theater info that would interest members of this site)

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on April 24, 2004 at 3:55 pm

The theatre is currently known as the First Corinthian Baptist Church. According to an article by David Freeland in the April 21-27 issue of New York Press (page 25), the building’s colorful terra cotta exterior is currently being restored thanks to a financial grant from the Upper Manhattan Historic Preservation Fund. Most of the work is being done on the loggia and arches that make up the facade’s first story. The contractor is Boston Valley Terra Cotta of upstate New York, which the article claims is “one of the few companies with the patience and skill to handle such delicate work. Boston Valley loves the rich, multi-hued exterior so much that it is donating terra cotta molds for the bottom sections of the arches' columns, which were replaced with concrete blocks at some point during the building’s history.”