Tribune Theatre

170 Nassau Street,
New York, NY 10038

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1933 After merger with Herald, but before theater

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The Tribune Theatre occupied space that had been headquarters for The New York Tribune before the newspaper merged with The Herald. Showing late-run double features, the Tribune Theatre did most of its business during daytime, since the downtown financial and government district was nearly deserted at night.

Contributed by Warren G. Harris

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Flynn on April 3, 2012 at 10:20 am

Thanks AlAlvarez, but the one I’m looking for was definately in the City Hall area. Perhaps on Frankfort, Spruce, Beekman, Gold or William Streets.

AlAlvarez on April 3, 2012 at 11:21 am

Could it be the Majestic in Jersey City you are thinking of?

Tinseltoes on June 22, 2012 at 7:44 am

A 1935 article and photos about the new Tribune Theatre can be found here:boxofficemagazine

Tinseltoes on June 22, 2012 at 7:50 am

The 1935 Tribune article concludes at the bottom of this page: boxofficemagazine

Flynn on August 13, 2012 at 3:11 pm

This is crazy! I’m not a movie buff like the rest of you folks and am only trying to determine the movie theater I went to as a child. I’m discovering more than I ever wanted to know, except what I’m actually looking for.

The Original Tribune Theater at 170 Nassau Street closed in 1959 and moved down Frankfort Street closer to William Street due to an expired lease and increased rent. Since it was no longer in the Tribune or Sun buildings and those names were copyrighted, the new theater had a different name. Perhaps after one of the studios – RKO, Century or Paramount. However, it was still referred to as the Tribune Theater.

Meanwhile in 1961 the old theater reopened as City Hall Cinema. Then of course the entire area was demolished in 1966.

Perhaps one of you followers with the proper resources can help me discover the name of this new short lived theater. I know that West Side Story which was released on 10/18/61 played there. Can one of you please check your publications of newspaper movie ads with listings and times for that time period and look for a theater downtown and specifically on Frankfort Street.


Tinseltoes on August 14, 2012 at 6:15 am

How could the Tribune move to another address? What premises did it use? Perhaps a conversion of retail or office space? “West Side Story” is a hard film to track because it had a long roadshow run on Broadway before going to the nabes.

Tinseltoes on August 14, 2012 at 6:39 am

I’ve just found the answer. The Tribune’s auditorium remained where it was. But the entrance and lobby were closed and re-built on Frankfort Street because of construction work on the approach to the Brooklyn Bridge and demolition of the old New York World Building. This was reported in The New York Times on July 11th, 1959.

Flynn on August 14, 2012 at 8:40 am

Tinseltoes, I’m only able to locate a New York Times article on that date which simply states ‘Theater leased" without the full article.

Can you please post the full story that you found here. Thank you.

Tinseltoes on August 14, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Flynn, if you provide an e-mail address, I’ll be happy to send you the complete article…The Tribune was still operating under that name on October 10th, 1962, when it was advertised in the NYT as part of a city-wide saturation of “The Notorious Landlady” and “The Wild Westerners.” “West Side Story” must have arrived well after that, since it was still in its premiere roadshow engagement at the Rivoli Theatre in midtown.

Flynn on August 14, 2012 at 12:56 pm

OK, Tinseltoes. You can email it to me at: .


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