1716 Lexington Avenue,
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More information is needed about the Star Theatre, 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 Theatre’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 Theatre, 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 Theatre closed in the early-1950’s. In 1952 it was taken over by Harris Theatreatrical Enterprises and renamed Teatro Boricua, presenting Spanish language movies and stage acts. It was still open in 1955, but was eventually demolished.
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