York Theatre

1187 First Avenue,
New York, NY 10065

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The Victor Theatre was operating prior to 1914. By 1926, it had been renamed East End Theatre. Does anyone have any further information about this theatre, perhaps best known to Soupy Sales fans as the theatre used in the opening and closing credits of his 1964-66 WNEW-TV show.

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NostalgiaFactory
NostalgiaFactory on November 28, 2004 at 4:33 pm

Yes, that was our first fumbling attempt to return this theater to its former days of non glory. I have such bad memories of that expierence that I had forgotten about the Lean film. Regards, rudy

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 20, 2006 at 4:54 am

Listed in the American Motion Picture Directory 1914-1915 as the Victor Theatre(the address is given as 1185 First Avenue).

By 1926 and thru until at least 1930 it was known as the East End Theatre, 1187 First Avenue, with a seating capacity given as 569. By 1941 it had be re-named York Theatre which it retained until closure.

NicholasWest
NicholasWest on August 1, 2008 at 9:56 pm

The apartment building housing the Duane Reade on the corner of 64th & 1st Ave (actual address 345 E 64th St) was, according to city records, erected in 1996. So presumably the York Theatre was demolished then.

I too have attempted to do some sleuthing on this theatre due to its appearance on the Soupy Sales Show !

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on February 24, 2010 at 2:37 pm

According to the New York Times, from 1924 to 1958 it was a full time movie house. In 1958 it switched over to legitimate shows.

In 1964 it switched back to movies as the York with only 299 seats. By summer 1968 it was closed.

In 1966 a comedy club called Mr. Laffs was operating at 1185 First Avenue, so the original Victor must been scaled down at some point.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on January 30, 2011 at 3:19 pm

The map above links to the wrong street as the York was on 64th street. Here is a 1964 re-opening ad as a cinema;

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djc
djc on February 23, 2012 at 9:57 am

OK gang Here is the straight scoop on the old York, I grew up around the corner. As A kid in the 50’s it was a small neighborhhod movie house. Buttered popcorn and a soda was a quarter. In the early 60’s it tried becoming a playhouse. I remember seeing young abe Lincoln there with Piper Laurie. Next to it on the corner was Frank’s luncheonette. When the area got bar happy, The theatre and the luncheonette were gutted, and became the famous MAXWELL’S PLUM. building was torn down some years ago and now is another boring high rise.

garyw
garyw on December 14, 2012 at 7:58 pm

I have lived on 64th between First & York for over 30 yrs now & fondly remember Maxwells Plum esp. since to go anywhere other than the E River, I have to constantly pass this corner. It was a 2 story Blockbuster at one time. I always thought that the space occupied by Little Ricky’s today (before that a drug store & before that a small disco/club) may have been part of the theatre? Glad Mr. Laffs was mentioned because the area used to have more comedy clubs other than the areas still lasting ‘Dangerfields’ I barely remember another comedy club nearby called “Who’s On First.” The area still has the Clearview Cinemas on 62nd btwn First & York but has seen it’s Second Ave. theaters closing.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on September 23, 2013 at 1:05 pm

The Clearview has also closed.

Metropolite
Metropolite on March 24, 2014 at 2:53 am

The 1960 series “Naked City” is currently seen on MeTv. In “The Succession of Heartbeats” a car being chased by the police shows the York as the they turn from 64th onto First.

Jfg718
Jfg718 on June 11, 2014 at 6:33 pm

In the 60s the York tried its hand as a revival house, among some great double bills I saw there were On Waterfront/A Place in the Sun, One-Eyed Jacks/Bad Day at Black Rock and the Searchers/Lonely are the Brave.

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