Penn Theatre

409 8th Avenue,
New York, NY 10001

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Architects: Harrison G. Wiseman

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Penn Theater as seen shortly after replacing a church.

A conversion of a former church, the Penn Theatre was a nickelodeon which opened in 1910. It had closed by 1914.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 26, 2010 at 7:47 pm

Seems like a lot of silent movie houses had a short life span way before sound.Be it the Big Apple or my city of Augusta,Ga.Either Fire got them {film stock} or just closed up.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on September 5, 2011 at 11:23 am

In New York there was a big morality drive that closed many silent theatres when they were accused by Christian groups of being the source of spreading diseases, the abduction of white women, drug use, and pretty much every other vice they could pin onto the mostly Jewish industry.

kidblast1 on September 30, 2019 at 9:41 am

It had been a church before it became a theater, hence, the appearance of it in this accompanying photograph of it that is undated.

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