Pagoda Theatre

11 E. Broadway,
New York, NY 10038

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This was one of the newer of the Chinatown theatres, opened in 1964, and suprisingly one of the first to close, in 1992 and was afterward torn down.

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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on August 24, 2005 at 5:31 am

The Pagoda was the first purpose-built cinema in Chinatown and opened on May 29, 1964 with the filmed opera, “Chin Heung Ling.” Programs changed once a week. Most of the movies had English sub-titles and were produced in Hong Kong and/or Taiwan. Poy G. Lee was the architect. The auditorium seated 502 (352 in the orchestra and 150 in the balcony). Owner-builder Catherine Enterprises spent $400,000 on the project, including $100,000 for the ground site, which was previously occupied by a branch of Ira Haupt & Company stockbrokers. The cinema had a three-tiered pagoda jutting upward from the roof’s corner at East Broadway and Catherine Streets. At 1964 opening, the Pagoda had three Chinatown rivals, all converted from original commercial buildings: the 550-seat Governor at 5 Chatham Square, the 500-seat World at 93 Bowery, and the 700-seat Sun Sing at 75 East Broadway.

bamtino on August 28, 2005 at 10:18 pm

I believe the theatre actually opened a few days later, on June 1, 1964, and that the seating capacity was only 492.
Demolished in 1992, the site is now home to the Glory China Tower office building.

seanjung on August 7, 2008 at 10:46 pm

Here is a photo of the Pagoda Theater before it was razed.

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bassmanbobby on April 15, 2009 at 1:51 pm

Here’s a picture in color of the Pagoda from 6/18/74. My friends father was a part owner and we got tons of free tickets.

AlAlvarez on January 22, 2010 at 2:25 pm

“Fist of Fury” ad for the Pagoda in 1972.

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