First Avenue Theater

5 1st Avenue,
New York, NY 10003

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First Avenue Theater - 5 First Avenue

Showing films in 1923 as per a Paramount Week advertisement and listed in the 1926 edition of Film Daily Yearbook.

Contributed by Al Alvarez

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dave-bronx™ on May 6, 2008 at 11:10 pm

Was this on the corner of 1st & 1st? Lobby on 1st Av and back of the auditorium on 1st St.?

dave-bronx™ on May 8, 2008 at 12:17 am

East side of the avenue, btw.

johndereszewski on May 15, 2008 at 8:02 pm

This theater should clearly be listed as “demolished”. A check of the listed address indicates that it was situated on the western side of 1st Ave. between Houston and East 1st St. This area is currently occupied by a City park – First Park by name – and the northside of Houston St., the area that was created when this street was widened to accommodate the construction of the IND subway line in the 1930’s. There is no existing structure in the vicinity that can plausibly be recognized as the site of this theater.

By the way, a wonderful photo of Houston St. in its “pre-enlargement” days was recently posted on the Sunshine Theater page of this site. Judging by the picture’s angle, it was probably shot right next to the old First St. Theater.

Hope this helps to fill in the gap here.

johndereszewski on October 20, 2009 at 2:09 pm

Here is the old photo of Houston St.
Hope the link works.

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