Costello Theatre

23 Fort Washington Avenue,
New York, NY 10032

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Costello Theatre

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The Costello Theatre opened in 1914. It was located on Fort Washington Avenue near 160th Street and today is home to a church.

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AlAlvarez on April 16, 2006 at 2:07 am

The church is on 159th Street although the theatre sometimes advertised as being off the 157th subway stop. If you look at a map at the way Morgan Place/Riverside Drive curves upward, advertising 157th St makes perfect sense as you could probably spot the building easily from there in the 30’s and 40’s. Does anyone know if this was a German neighborhood before the war?

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on April 16, 2006 at 8:02 am

The LOC image is apparently a print made from a nitrate negative. I’ve added some light to bring out more background detail:

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on January 25, 2008 at 10:09 am

The Costello first opened in 1914 and had Louis A. Sheinart as architect, according to Craig Morrison’s historical reference book, “Theaters.”

lellins on August 19, 2010 at 11:18 am

I lived at 160th street and riverside drive and went to the Costello on Satudays (in the 40’s). You could get in for free if you had the right colored card – cards were distributed to kids every week. Otherwise, it cost 25 cents. Later on it did become a spanish movie theatre.

It was located at the very beginning of Fort Washinton Avenue (159th street).

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 29, 2010 at 7:52 am

Andrew Craig Morrison’s book “Theaters” identifies Louis A. Sheinart as the architect of the Costello Theatre.

Smittysf on July 12, 2011 at 11:20 pm

My mom remembers going go the theatre with her friend Ruth schwartzman in 1932. They were thrown out of A Farewell to Arms and apparently a few others due to crying too much.

Tinseltoes on July 13, 2011 at 8:44 am

That would have been the original B&W Paramount version with Gary Cooper and Helen Hayes. “A Farewell to Arms” was later re-made in B&W by Warner Bros. as “Force of Arms” (William Holden-Nancy Olson), and still later in CinemaScope and color by David O. Selznick for 20th-Fox with Jennifer Jones and Rock Hudson.

Tinseltoes on May 18, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Here’s a vintage view from the LaGuardia Archives: lunaimaging

bigjoe59 on December 13, 2012 at 1:34 pm


i was looking at back issues of Moving Picture World on and happened upon a May issue which gave the opening date of the theater as May 20, 1914. it was built to honor star Maurice Costello. also the article gave a different address than the own stated at the top of this page.

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