Manhattan Theatre

213 Manhattan Avenue,
New York, NY 10025

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AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on March 11, 2010 at 12:58 pm

Listed in the 1959 Film Daily Yearbook as a Brook Avenue Theatre, a Spanish language chain. They also list the Santurce which is not yet identified on CT.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on March 9, 2010 at 12:17 pm

If this was closest movie theatre to the El train station then it was already there by 1915.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on February 6, 2010 at 5:21 pm

This theatre was already listed in a Paramount Week ad in 1918.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on January 29, 2010 at 9:15 am

Still listed in the 1953 Film Daily Yearbook as an Ansell theatre, a chain that runs Spanish language theatres.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on December 24, 2006 at 10:57 pm

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

It was turned into a Spanish language house by exhibitor Jeane Ansell in 1944.

A Manhattan Theatre on west 109th Street and Manhattan Avenue (213 Manhattan Avenue) was already running movies by 1918. Were there two different buildings on this location?

johndousmanis
johndousmanis on October 5, 2004 at 7:01 am

ifemorena how do I e-mail you directly? Can not find a e-mail address for you on this site. Please get back to me by E-mail to with phone number. I have been servicing theater for many years and may have info you need. John

ifemorena
ifemorena on September 29, 2004 at 7:24 pm

yes, i am very interested in the theaters in new york city. I am a native new yorker and looking to open a theater in new york state next year. Do you know if there are any books with pictures of these old new york theaters? Please feel free to email me directly.

johndousmanis
johndousmanis on September 29, 2004 at 5:12 pm

Yes the theater is only being used as a church. There are parts of the building where I have not been taken to. I hope to see the rest of the machinery areas shortly. I will post when I do. Is there anything you want more information? I will be visiting other old theaters in the city as time permits.

ifemorena
ifemorena on September 28, 2004 at 7:11 pm

thanks, does that mean the theater is still being used as a church?

johndousmanis
johndousmanis on September 28, 2004 at 6:51 pm

Yes there was a roof open air theater from day one when it opened. This year I was in the roof theaters projection room. There was nothing in it. There is a elevator that serviced the roof theater which has been closed for years. Many pigons in roof rooms. A health hazard. Hope to visit again. I will post it.

ifemorena
ifemorena on September 4, 2004 at 2:09 pm

thanks. it seems like a lot of movie theaters have become churches and synogogues. i hope to see some convert back to movie theaters.

ifemorena
ifemorena on September 4, 2004 at 2:09 pm

thanks. it seems like a lot of movie theaters have become churches and synogogues. i hope to see some convert back to churchs.

bamtino
bamtino on September 4, 2004 at 8:38 am

The theatre was once operated by Fox Metropolitan Playhouses. It was in operation by by at least 1928. I’ve seen some reports stating that it was a two-story brick structure, some that it was three-stories.
On this date in 1939, about 200 patrons were evacuated for 40 minutes while a fire that started on the roof was extinguished. (Apparently, a lit cigarette had been tossed under a wooden structure which had been built on the roof for open-air performances earlier in that decade.)
Current Department of Finance records, which should be taken with a grain of salt (they can be woefully out-of-date), show that the address' current “occupancy code” is that of a church/synagogue. In support of this designation, other web searches show the address as a Spanish church (Arca De Refugio).

ifemorena
ifemorena on September 1, 2004 at 6:32 pm

what is there now?
i’d love to know as i am oftenin the area.

ifemorena