Gramercy Theater

127 E. 23rd Street,
New York, NY 10010

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Previously operated by: Brandt Theaters, Rugoff & Becker

Architects: Charles A. Sandblom

Functions: Concerts

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: Gramercy Park Theater, Blender Theater at Gramercy

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 212.777.6800

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Gramercy Theater

Opened in 1937 as the Gramercy Park Theatre, a name it kept into at least the early 1950’s. The Gramercy Theatre was recently used for the Museum of Modern Art’s films. It was also the location shoot used in the Fugees video “Killing Me Softly”.

Since closing for movies it has re-opened in 2007 as the Blender Theatre at Gramercy, a concert venue operated by Live Nation. However, by 2009, it had reverted back to the Gramercy Theater name.

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Recent comments (view all 104 comments)

rivoli157 on November 13, 2011 at 2:50 pm

I lived across the street from the theatre from 1985-1990. Would look out my window to see how long the line was before going out.
Saw Aliens here, also Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Mystic Pizza, The Wizard of Oz and Fantasia. I loved being able to just walk across the street to the movies!

Bway on November 14, 2011 at 9:45 pm

Fantasia played for many weeks there. I remember it on the marquee when i used to go under it every day around 1990 and 1991.

bicyclereporter on May 23, 2012 at 8:21 pm

will be here for the BlipFest this weekend.

SeaBassTian on September 3, 2012 at 1:36 am

I lived across the street circa 1991. Never my favorite, the only films I remember seeing were The Replacements and Oscar. I seem to recall they had a slow turnaround time, they showed The Doctor for what seemed like months.

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Jack Theakston on February 24, 2015 at 12:14 am

Saw many films here in the late ‘80s/early '90s, but it just couldn’t keep up with the Cineplex Odeon on 23rd and the row of theaters on 34th. The eyeglasses store had that great pink neon sign next door (seen in the photo above not lit) that could have only been designed in the '70s or '80s.

HomecrestGuy on January 18, 2019 at 10:54 am

Photo added, in CT Gallery, of East 23 Street, with part of Gramercy marquee showing, circa 1940. Hopefully, some better vintage images of this, and other theaters, will surface in the future.

robboehm on January 18, 2019 at 2:34 pm

Uploaded photo as the Blender.

jamesbond on July 14, 2022 at 8:16 pm

I used to come here a lot with my parents in 1995 and 1996, when they showed some of the most memorable Bollywood films I’ve ever seen, including “Bombay,” “Hum Aapke Hain Koun,” and the famous classic “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge.”

This was a very quaint and relaxing place, with a waiting area downstairs, but the restrooms had a very narrow stairway. Still, it’s always a pleasure whenever I’m in the area and I walk by. :)

robboehm on July 16, 2022 at 5:00 pm

I remember a co-worker of mine really wanted to see a specific movie and had no time to do so. So she would alter her lunch time and, after several days, see the whole film. The cashier got wind of this and didn’t charge her toward the end.

Astyanax on July 25, 2022 at 4:48 pm

Similar to a recent post on the Plaza, the Gramercy also served coffee in their tiny downstairs lounge. Rugoff attempted to elevate the moviegoing experience.

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