Tribune Theatre

170 Nassau Street,
New York, NY 10038

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Flynn on August 14, 2012 at 9:56 am

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


Tinseltoes on August 14, 2012 at 9:52 am

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 5:40 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 3:39 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.

Tinseltoes on August 14, 2012 at 3:15 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.

Flynn on August 13, 2012 at 12:11 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 June 22, 2012 at 4:50 am

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

Tinseltoes on June 22, 2012 at 4:44 am

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

AlAlvarez on April 3, 2012 at 8:21 am

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

Flynn on April 3, 2012 at 7:20 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 3:10 am

There was a Majestic (Woolworth)further north on Second Avenue. Here

Flynn on April 2, 2012 at 7:37 pm

This clearly proves that the Tribune Theater was renamed the City Hall Cinema and has thrown a huge monkey wrench into my search for the theater nearby that I went to as a kid.

I would greatlu appreciate if any of you folks with your vast historical theater listings can look for a Majestic Theater in this area.

Flynn on April 2, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Just added a photo showing that the theater was closed in March 1966.

Flynn on March 26, 2012 at 10:29 am

This unknown theater has some significance to me. My older sister took me there to see a Dracula movie when I was just 7 or 8 years old. I’m not sure which one because the theater seems to have screened more reruns than new features. Talk about shock therapy. I have never much cared for horror movies ever since. I need to determine exactly where it was and see a photo of it to purge the demons. lol.

Flynn on March 26, 2012 at 10:21 am

John, part of the confusion lies in mistaking the original real City Hall Cinema at 31-32 Park Row which closed in 1936 for the one noted in the 1965 advertisement. I’m guessing that the theater that was open from 1960 to 1966 after the Tribune Theater closed in 1959 was not actually named the Tribune Theater or City Hall Cinema. However, because of it’s proximity to the Tribune building and City Hall itself, everyone referred to it as both including the newspapers.

johndereszewski on March 26, 2012 at 9:47 am

Flynn, thanks so much for adding that terrific picture. It really shows where the old Tribune Theatre fit in to what is now an open plaza. And seeing a small portion of the old BMT elevated City Hall terminal was very much a plus.

When I first discovered the City Hall Theatre page on this site, I was surprised to learn that one movie house could serve what, even at that time, was already a 9 to 5 community. I was realy shocked that TWO theaters, situated nearly within the shadow of each other, could exist – and apparently prosper -in this neighborhood. I wonder how the attendance patterns functioned here. Was it a habit for downtown workers to quit at five, have a drink and/or a quick meal and then take in a 6 or 7 o'clock showing – or did most patrons – perhaps including the Fulton Fish Market crowd – view the presentations earlier in the day? (I doubt that there was much of a crown for the late evening showings – but who knows?)

It would really be great to hear the thoughts and observations of those who actually saw movies in the City Hall area in that bygone time.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on March 26, 2012 at 6:28 am

Paging Detective Solero!

Flynn on March 25, 2012 at 10:53 pm

I added a 1933 photo of where the Tribune would be just before it opened.

Flynn on March 25, 2012 at 10:50 pm

The short life of the City Hall Cinema makes it obscure. I’ve spoken to people who actually worked there as ushers, ticket sellers and concessionaire. They all refer to it as the Majestic or Tribune. Regardless of it’s actual company name, people were still going to be calling it the Tribune. Funny thing is, none of them can tell me exactly where it was located. Only just around the corner and down the block. Could have been on Frankfort, Spruce or Beekman Streets, Park Row or even Gold and William Streets.

Flynn on March 24, 2012 at 2:38 pm

I also grew up on the lower east side of New York. There’s a mystery about this theater that I can’t seem to solve. Pace University purchased the Tribune building in the early 1960s and the Tribune Theater appears to have closed and reopened as the City Hall Cinema around the corner on Frankfort Street. It had a short life as several blocks in that area including the Tribune building were razed in 1966 to make way for the Pace Civic Center, Bache building and Southbridge Towers. This new theater is the one I remember going to, but can’t find any information or pictures relating to it.

Tinseltoes on January 20, 2011 at 6:29 am

On this day in 1949, the Tribune was advertised in The New York Times as “Downtown’s Most Beautiful Theatre,” with smoking permitted in the mezzanine. Currently on screen were two “B” programmers, Leo Gorcey and the Bowery Boys in “Jinx Money,” and “Women in the Night” with Tala Birrell and William Henry.

geneser1 on June 19, 2010 at 10:00 am

Warren – I grew up on the Lower East Side and went to the City Hall Cinema known as The Tribune. I tried clicking on the links you provide but I only received an error. Are these still available on photobucket? How may I see them?

Tinseltoes on January 25, 2010 at 7:44 am

The Tribune’s entrance and marquee can be seen in the left background of this March 1954 photo taken in City Hall Park. Look for the low building with four billboards at the top and then scan down to street level:
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AlAlvarez on April 25, 2008 at 5:59 am

Here is an ad for the Tribune which shows it operating as the City Hall Cinema briefly during the summer of 1965.

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