375 Grand Street,
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Opened on November 20 1962 with Frank Sinatra in “The Manchurian Candidate”. It was part of the Essex Street apartment complex. This 598-seat single screen initially played arthouse and foreign movies, but later turned to action, horror and kung fu movies. The bookings were usually first run and almost always had a second feature thrown in. The heyday of the Essex Theatre was the late-1970’s and early-1980’s, when Cannon was churning out Charles Bronson films like “Death Wish II”. They also played a lot of New Line and indie slasher flicks.
In 2019 the building is in use as the Center Light Medical Center.
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