New Delancey Theater

62 Delancey Street,
New York, NY 10002

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New Delancey Theater

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Not to be confused with Loew’s Delancey Theatre, this modest sized theater, played Spanish-language films for a good part of its life. Closed some time in the early-1980’s and used as a storage facility for a lumber company. One day in the early-1990’s the theater collapsed and had to be demolished shortly thereafter.

Contributed by Erwin Markisch

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Judith Thissen
Judith Thissen on February 23, 2010 at 3:59 pm

Great pictures. Thanks for this posting.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 24, 2010 at 12:11 pm

The 1993 NYCLPC Landmark Designation Report for the Jaffe Theatre (now City Cinemas Village East) listed the Delancey Theatre, 62 Delancey Street, among the other Manhattan works of architect Harrison G. Wiseman. The report gives the Delancey’s build date as 1922.

Two additional Manhattan theaters by Wiseman are either not yet listed at Cinema Treasures, or are listed under later names but are missing their aka’s. These two are a nickelodeon called the Penn Theatre (1910) at 409 8th Avenue (demolished); and the Union Theatre (1913) at 505 W. 42nd Street (also demolished.)

Astyanax
Astyanax on September 24, 2010 at 1:25 pm

Thanks Tinseltoes for the vintage photos. I hadn’t realized that the original marquee was so extravagent and included the blade sign, and that that portion of DElancey St., south of Allen was so vibrant with activity. In my memory I only saw the non-descript stainess steel-yellow backdrop box.

As for any confusion with the Winston, that theatre was on Clinton St, and is listed in CT by its original name, the Palestine. The narrow lobby of this house had a large “W” set in to the inlay flooring.

Family
Family on October 2, 2010 at 2:57 pm

The New Delancy was owned by my family Orjelick-Theaters. At its peak my grandfather owned 15 movie theatres. Many closed prior to when I was born in 1976. They were small family theaters that usually had 1-2 screens. Many of theaters included spanish films at one time. In an article I have about the Orjelick-Theatres dated June 11, 1987 it stated, “One by one, those theatres went under unable to survive the advent of the suburban multi-screen franchise cinema…By the 1980’s the Orjelick-Theatres had dwindled down to three properties to include the Art Theatre in the Bronx, the New Delancy in Manhattan and the Hoboken Twin in NJ.” The only other theater I remember that my family had owned was called the Colony Theater and was located somewhere in NY.

johndereszewski
johndereszewski on October 2, 2010 at 4:11 pm

Just wanted to add my belated thanks to Tinseltoes for posting those terrific pictures. They really convey the feel of the period. (In addition to the picture of the old New Delancey, you can also access about eight other picture pages of Delancey St., one of which features the awning of a Paramount Theater.)

I remember this theater during its Spanish days when I used to shop on Delancey St., often after walking over the Williamsburg Bridge.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on October 2, 2010 at 4:16 pm

That’s the Paramount Cafeteria, John.

johndereszewski
johndereszewski on October 2, 2010 at 8:05 pm

Thanks for the clarification, Al. You must admit that this was the most cinematic of cafeteria signs!

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on October 2, 2010 at 8:13 pm

It sure was. Maybe they were aiming at the movie crowd.

Family
Family on October 2, 2010 at 9:50 pm

…and thank you all for the pictures and memories. I remember going there as a child with my grandpa and father.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on March 14, 2012 at 9:52 pm

Just to clarify some of the history on the construction of the New Delancey, the actual theater structure itself was built new on Eldridge Street. The entrance and lobby/foyer were converted from an older building at 62 Delancey Street, with offices on the 2 floors above. At the same time, a 2 story building with store and offices was erected on Allen Street, directly behind the theater. The Certificates of Occupancy for the two buildings that comprised the theater were issued March 28, 1922, while the Allen Street structure was issued April 18, 1922. Delancey Theatre Inc was the owner of all three buildings.

In 1981, the offices above the lobby were legally converted to residential apartments. In January, 1990, a complaint was filed against the property as being “vacant, open and unguarded.” A follow-up inspection found “first floor construction in progress without permits.” In early 1993, a roof collapse was reported, followed by a report that a section of the Delancey Street facade was “out of plumb” by about 4 inches and the east facade on Allen Street had cracks along the first and second floors. The building was noted as being in danger of collapsing. A 1994 unsafe building violation noted failure of the owner to maintain the roof and wall that had collapsed a year earlier.

In August, 2001, a Certificate of Occupancy was issued for a new building, constructed in the combined footprint of the three original lots. The building, which houses and is owned by the Chinese Alliance Church, appears to follow the old footprint of the New Delancey Theatre. Street views show that the Allen Street portion of the lot is being used for church parking.

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