Star Theatre

1716 Lexington Avenue,
New York, NY 10029

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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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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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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

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.

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.

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?

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

beckyJane
beckyJane on September 26, 2005 at 5:16 pm

ok.. I guess the star theater that I’m talking about was not a movie house.. unless it got turned into one with the advent of moving pics.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on September 26, 2005 at 10:11 am

A large building like a theatre is likely to span several plots, so it could use an address of any of them if it wanted to. However, in NYC, they would not be exactly consecutive, as odd numbers are used on one side of streets, and even numbers on the other side.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 26, 2005 at 10:07 am

Maybe the post box was moved from one side of the set of entrance doors to the other?

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 26, 2005 at 10:05 am

It could be that such a large theatre had several entrance doorways that spread along the block. The Film Daily Yearbook editions 1926 and 1927 give a street number of 1716, by 1930 and beyond they give 1714.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 26, 2005 at 5:04 am

The Star Theatre is listed in the American Motion Picture Directory 1914 – 1915. The address given is 1716 Lexington Avenue.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on September 26, 2005 at 3:53 am

Lostmemory, please don’t take those C/Os too seriously. The Star was built in the last decade of the 19th century. It was one of the first theatres taken over by William Fox, around 1914 or 1915, along with the Folly in Brooklyn. Over the decades, the Star underwent many renovations, and the 1924 certificate was probably for one of them.

beckyJane
beckyJane on September 25, 2005 at 12:26 pm

I was trying to find some information on Star Theatre on 13th and Broadway.. I have a playbill from 1885 for Macbeth. The Playbill has a little drawing of the interior of the theatre.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on September 21, 2005 at 12:47 pm

The Star was a legendary NYC theatre. That final “B” name was as a showcase for Spanish-language movies that played to a small, ethnic audience. I think it should be memorialized as the Star, but that’s only my humble opinion.

bamtino
bamtino on September 21, 2005 at 9:29 am

This theatre was listed in the Film Daily Year Books of, at least, 1955-1969, as the Boricua (a typo in the 1955 edition caused it to be listed as Boricud). Shouldn’t it be listed under that name with Star as a previous name?

cathycva
cathycva on March 9, 2005 at 12:08 pm

After I posted I realized that this is a site for “Cinema” theatres exclusively, and that this particular Star Theatre was not a movie house. Sorry about that!

cathycva
cathycva on March 9, 2005 at 12:08 pm

After I posted I realized that this is a site for “Cinema” theatres exclusively, and that this particular Star Theatre was not a movie house. Sorry about that!

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on March 9, 2005 at 11:27 am

If the Star Theatre at Broadway & 13th Street was demolished in 1901, I hardly think that it qualifies as a “cinema treasure.” I seriously doubt that movies were ever shown there.

R143
R143 on March 9, 2005 at 11:23 am

Cathy, this is quite interesting. Thanks! The only thing is though that this is not the Star Theatre of this post. This Star theater was up on Lexington Ave way Uptown at 107th St, the one you mentioned was on 13th St, Downtown.
Is the Star Theatre you mentioned on this site? If it is not, and you know anything more about it, it should be added if you would like, or someone should add it.

cathycva
cathycva on March 2, 2005 at 10:03 am

There is an amazing Library of Congress film clip of the Star Theatre being demolished in 1901. It is shot using time lapse photography over a period of 30 days.

Here are the notes on the film:
Using time-lapse photography, the film shows the demolition of the famous Star Theatre. Judging from the various exposures, the work must have gone on for a period of approximately thirty days. The theater opened in 1861 as “Wallack’s Theatre,” and was re-christened the “Star” in 1883. It was well known for it’s excellent productions, and a number of celebrated actors and actresses worked there, among them Ellen Terry. The celebrated English actor Henry Irving made his first stage appearance in America at the Star.
Photographed in 1901. Location: Broadway and 13th Street, New York, N.Y.

If you’d like to view the film, here is the link. You can view it right there, or you can save it to your computer.
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