New Delancey Theater

62 Delancey Street,
New York, NY 10002

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mlsevy on February 24, 2017 at 1:38 pm

Was this the theater that in the late 70’s or early 80’s played chinese language films? I remember 8x10’s in the lobby of actors with signs saying “Shaw Bros. Featured Player” or something like that.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on March 14, 2012 at 2:52 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.

Family on October 2, 2010 at 1:50 pm

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

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on October 2, 2010 at 12:13 pm

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

johndereszewski on October 2, 2010 at 12:05 pm

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

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on October 2, 2010 at 8:16 am

That’s the Paramount Cafeteria, John.

johndereszewski on October 2, 2010 at 8:11 am

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.

Family on October 2, 2010 at 6:57 am

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.

Astyanax on September 24, 2010 at 5:25 am

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.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 24, 2010 at 4:11 am

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.)

Judith Thissen
Judith Thissen on February 23, 2010 at 7:59 am

Great pictures. Thanks for this posting.

Judith Thissen
Judith Thissen on January 8, 2010 at 8:49 am

In the mid 1920s the New Delancey was part of the M & S circuit, which changed its name to the Belle Theater Circuit sometime during the 1930s (same CEO’s).

Dan300 on June 19, 2009 at 9:23 am

Does anyone have pictures of the Essex Theatre

mp775 on April 13, 2009 at 8:38 am

Wow… I know ‘64 Chevies are popular as lowriders, but that’s a bit too far :).

LuisV on April 13, 2009 at 8:12 am

Yes, that is how I remembered it when I drove down Delancey Street. I remember the yellow background on the marquee. I say “drove” by because I never would have walked in this neighborhood back in the 70’s. I shudder to think. It’s really amazing that the hood is so nice now. My favorite Cambodian restaurant “Kampuchea” is now about 2 blocks from where this theater was.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on April 13, 2009 at 7:50 am

Was this the New Delancey?

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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on December 26, 2008 at 2:51 pm

The New Delancey was open in November 1987 and showing Prince’s “Sign ‘O’ the Times” first run.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on July 31, 2006 at 4:40 am

Here is a tiny 1985 ad from the Spanish language publication El Diaro:
New Delancy 9/20/85

El Diario also ran a neighborhood movie guide similar to that in the Post and News that listed Spanish language cinemas as well as English language grinds in or near Latino neighborhoods:
Cartelera Cinematografica 9/20/85

macheath48 on October 14, 2005 at 9:02 am

If this is the theater that was a block or two off the Bowery on Delancy, it was much too small to hit the 1000+ seat mark. I’d say even the 800 seats is stretching it a bit. It was so small that, during the late fifties/ early sixties when it primarily played only Spanish language films, you could hear the film dialogue from the sidewalk even with six lanes of traffic rushing by.

bamtino on August 28, 2005 at 8:41 pm

This single-level, stageless theatre opened as the New Delancey in 1922. Seating, according to the Department of Buildings, was 1076.

RobertR on December 13, 2004 at 8:09 pm

If the theatre had a newer look you must have been in the Essex Cinema which was not that far away.

romerol on October 28, 2004 at 3:59 pm

I didn’t know until today that there were two Delancey theatres.
I was trying to pinpoint which one I went to in the 70’s.
The twinbill was “Carrie” and Taxi Driver".
I remember the theatre had a newer look, so it couldn’t have
been the one next to Ratners.
By that time the theatre had seen better days and the clientel
was as rowdy as the Commodore in WMB.

EMarkisch on September 16, 2004 at 7:44 am

I am very sure that the Delancey or New Delancey name goes back to at least 1950. I recall passing by this theater many times during the 1950’s when my father drove the family the length of Delancey Street on our way to New Jersey via the Holland Tunnel. This was well before the Loew’s Delancey shuttered. Do not ever recall the Winston name being on the marquee. Of course, this was during the Spanish era, when such exotic names, to my young mind, as Maria Felix and Cantinflas appeared regularly on the marquee.

SethLewis on September 16, 2004 at 1:18 am

Was this the Winston originally?

RobertR on September 15, 2004 at 8:25 pm

After the Spanish films they tried Kung-fu and even a few B grade first run films from Cannon and New Line. I think at the very end it tried porno. Was this always the name of this place? I have a feeling it was a re-name after the real Delancy closed.