Essex Theatre

375 Grand Street,
New York, NY 10002

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kittykitties
kittykitties on August 6, 2012 at 9:54 pm

1980’s tax photo, terrible quality, but you can just barely make out the marquee.

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lacosta71
lacosta71 on January 24, 2011 at 9:15 am

Awesome ad!!!
If anyone else has photos of the old Essex Theater- please please please post.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on March 10, 2010 at 2:20 pm

How about “Stiletto” or if you saw them in 1972, “Carnal Knowledge”.

TPH
TPH on March 10, 2010 at 1:17 pm

Saw the 1969 Rene Clement flick, Riders in the Rain, here as part of a double feature. Don’t recall the other half of the bill. Help, anyone?

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on March 10, 2010 at 10:11 am

This was still open in 1994.

lacosta71
lacosta71 on January 22, 2010 at 12:54 pm

I’ve passed it about a million times. But does anyone have a photo of the theater that once stood there in the 80’s?

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on January 22, 2010 at 12:33 pm

The Essex building today.

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lacosta71
lacosta71 on November 11, 2009 at 4:05 pm

I grew up in that neighborhood. Early to mid 80’s I was there every Friday night with friends for a double feature. If you knew the theatre- you knew that up front was a bad place to sit because of the rats. Don’t eat the hot dogs and chicken….and you’d be alright. And DO NOT bring a crying baby into the theatre as the tough L.E.S. crowd would in unison scream “SHUT UP!!!!"
Please if anyone has pics of the theater- post.

Dan300
Dan300 on June 19, 2009 at 11:04 am

Does anyone have pictures of this theater. Please share.

Thanks
Dan R

Dan300
Dan300 on May 6, 2009 at 6:18 am

The Essex theater was a great theater. My mother use to bring me there all the time. I remember seeing all of the Bruce Lee movies there. There was a toy store right next to it. The Last movie my brother and I saw at the Essex Theater was King Kong lives, and Cocaine Wars in the 80’s . We had really good time in the Essex Theater. Great memories .

johnnyace
johnnyace on December 30, 2007 at 4:29 pm

I’m fairly certain however not sure that I saw a production of Sartre’s “No Exit” at the Essex. I was probably about 15 years old and the date would have been 1967. The movie I wanted to see was no longer playing but I went in anyway. That experience forever changed my life.

Would love it if someone could confirm “No Exit” having played at the Essex. Thanks!

jrobertclark
jrobertclark on August 7, 2007 at 6:44 pm

Saw “Savage Streets” and “Avenging Angel” there on a snowy winter night in 1985….

JKane
JKane on January 25, 2007 at 10:24 am

My fave Essex double bill, circa 1969—“The Astro-Zombies” and “The Undertaker and His Pals.” Last film I recall seeing there was “Hollywood Harry” in the late 80s, I believe with a Bronson movie. Not sure when the theater closed.

bassmanbob
bassmanbob on January 25, 2007 at 7:15 am

I worked as a deliverykid for that Chicken Delight. I got mugged only once, at the Smith projects. They not only took my money but also the chicken!

Cookman
Cookman on January 1, 2007 at 12:11 pm

The bagel bakery next door is a classic – it is still there

there used to be a Chicken Delight next door as well

RobertR
RobertR on June 4, 2006 at 2:03 pm

Day and date with Broadway
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frankie
frankie on January 3, 2006 at 9:15 am

I saw a great double bill here, maybe in the 60’s: “Pocketful of Miracles” and “The Best Man”.

bamtino
bamtino on September 11, 2005 at 3:40 pm

The theatre was designed by William Eli Kohn and was built at a cost of $350,000. Seating capacity was 598 and the theatre opened, with “The Manchurian Candidate,” on November 20, 1962.
The address was 375 Grand Street, New York, NY, 10002.

RobertR
RobertR on July 5, 2005 at 4:49 pm

AIP films always played the Essex
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hardbop
hardbop on April 20, 2005 at 11:48 am

I never attended a film at this theatre, but do remember walking by it. It seemed to be attached or part of an apartment complex. Before all the gentrification, the Lower East Side was a tough neighborhood.

br91975
br91975 on August 17, 2004 at 8:00 am

The then-shuttered Essex is visible in a handful of scenes from the 1997 indie film ‘Kicked in the Head’.

philipgoldberg
philipgoldberg on August 16, 2004 at 2:34 pm

It still stands but now serves as a medical center.