693 8th Avenue,
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Previously operated by: Consolidated Amusement Company
Firms: Eisendrath & Horwitz
Previous Names: Ideal Theatre, Esquire Theatre, Squire Theatre, Cinecitta Theatre, New Cameo Theatre, Cameo Theatre, Adonis Theatre
News About This Theater
- Sep 26, 2007 — Petition To Save NYC's Playpen Theater, Oldest Vaudeville House
- Sep 17, 2007 — Urgent appeal & proposal to save NYC's oldest extant vaudeville theatre
- Sep 12, 2007 — Manhattan loses Times Square icon
The Ideal Theatre was opened in 1915 and was operated by the New York based Consolidated Amusement Company. It had many owners and name changes over the years. In the 1960’s it was owned by Chelly Wilson, who owned a handful of similar theatres in the area. According to Sleazoid Express, this place was famous for the “Olga” movies.
The Playpen Theatre was demolished in December 2007.
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