Star Theatre

1716 Lexington Avenue,
New York, NY 10029

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More information is needed about the Star, which was one of William Fox’s first vaudeville-movie theatres in Manhattan but might have been an acquisition rather than one that he built himself. During the Star’s heyday, many top names performed on stage, but it eventually fell victim to competition from the Proctor’s 86th Street Theatre and Loew’s Orpheum, which were given exclusive first-run status for that area of the Upper East Side.

Reduced to playing late-run movies with several program changes per week, the Star finally closed in the early 1950s and was eventually demolished.

Contributed by Warren G. Harris

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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on January 18, 2006 at 4:39 am

Here’s an early image of the Star in its original form as playhouse. The entrance lobby apparently cut through the corner building to the auditorium behind:
www.i8.photobucket.com/albums/a18/Warrengwhiz/star10.jpg

Bway
Bway on June 13, 2006 at 4:40 am

This was actually a pretty big theater judging by the exterior photos. Any interior ones available?

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on December 25, 2006 at 12:32 am

This theatre is mentioned in Rogelio Agrasanchez, Jr.’s excellent book MEXICAN MOVIES IN THE UNITED STATES.

In 1952 it switched to Spanish language films and broke all previous first-run records. An excellent photo of the BORICUA can be found in the book.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on October 19, 2007 at 1:53 pm

On November 17th, 1908, the New York Tribune reported in a small item on page 7 that “The New Star Theatre, at 107th Street and Lexington Avenue, has been leased for five years by Henry H. Jackson to the William Fox Amusement Company.” The Star remained with Fox and his successors for nearly half a century before becoming a showcase for Spanish language movies.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on June 9, 2008 at 10:10 am

Here’s a new link to an image described above on 1/18/06: View link

Bway
Bway on May 18, 2009 at 8:15 am

There appears to be a large apartment building now on the site:

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AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on February 19, 2010 at 6:30 pm

I suspect this is the same 1928 image from the broken links above.

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