80-82 Clinton Street,
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Architects: Lorenz F.J. Weiher
Previous Names: Clinton Star Theatre
Built for the Islloderman & Cohen Amusement Co. The Clinton Theatre was opened on February 1, 1919 with six acts of high-class vaudeville and the latest Broadway photoplays. Just prior to opening, the owners were unsure whether the vaudeville would be Yiddish or English. The original seating capacity was given as 1,800. The entrance was through an already existing tenement building, with the auditorium built at the rear, backing onto Attorney Street, where there was a fully equipped stage house. By 1926 it was operated by the Meyer & Schneider circuit.
Later seating statistics said there were 797 first floor seats, 283 balcony seats, and 182 box seats. It was in operation through 1950. In early-1951, it was converted to retail and office space by the Brandt circuit.
Today, a supermarket operates in the former orchestra level, with a false ceiling extending forward from the front of the balcony to the proscenium. The balcony and theatre auditorium was still intact (minus seating) in the early-2000’s, in use as a recording studio, with the former stage house also intact, and used for storage. This later became a nightclub.
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