Mecca Theatre

445 E. 14th Street,
New York, NY 10009

Unfavorite 2 people favorited this theater

Additional Info

Previously operated by: Blinderman-Steiner Circuit

Nearby Theaters

Mecca Theatre, on New York's East Side in 1926

Originally at 227-241 Avenue A was the Royal/East Side Beauty Theatre which dated back to 1908. The Mecca Theatre was built on the site in 1926 with its entrance at 445 E. 14th Street. It had opened by May 1927. It was operated by the Blinderman-Steiner Circuit. It was closed around 1943 and was demolished.

Contributed by William Gabel

Recent comments (view all 13 comments)

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on November 7, 2007 at 5:06 am

The American Motion Picture Directory;1914-1915 edition lists a Royal Theatre at 235 Avenue A.

Judith Thissen
Judith Thissen on November 7, 2007 at 8:04 am

There was a New 14th Street Theater located at 235-237 E 14th Street. It was built in 1915 and operated by the SWS chain, which also ran the Sunshine Theater and the American Movies Theater.

ChungWong on July 18, 2013 at 6:58 pm

14th Street Theatre was at 107 W 14th St. Originally Theatre Francais (1866) then Lyceum but perhaps most known as Civic Reportory Theatre (1926). Demolished 1938. Berenice Abbott took a photo just beforehand:

Jerseryboy on October 5, 2016 at 11:48 am

I have a old program from the mecca theatre nyc there are days listed of the shows but not the year with the following shows june14 “The Cheerful Fraud” Reginald Denny, June 15&16"the understanding heart" Joan Crawford, June 18 “the Texas Streak” hoot Gibson would anyone know when these played

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on October 5, 2016 at 12:18 pm

“The Understanding Heart” is the newest title, opening in NY in early May 1927, so 1927 is a good guess. The other two titles opened in late 1926.

Jerseryboy on October 15, 2016 at 2:21 pm

thank you Al , I didn’t think the program was that old

Jerseryboy on October 15, 2016 at 2:23 pm

I could not fine any information on it

MiriamSicherman on June 18, 2017 at 4:36 am

I teach at a nearby public school (built in 1913) where my students have unearthed a lot of very old artifacts from under closet floorboards, including a Mecca Theatre ticket with an ad on the back for Summer & Austein Confectionary Store at 193 Avenue B (“candy in boxes—our specialty”). We also found ticket stubs from the Bijou nearby. You can see our old ticket on our Instagram account, @closetarchaeology.

GeorgeStrum on December 29, 2017 at 11:46 am

Rosemarie who just passed away played there as a child then known as Baby Rose Marie in the late 20’s.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on July 16, 2019 at 10:41 am

The address for the entrance to the Mecca Theatre was 445 East 14th Street, which was on the north side of 14th Street just west of Avenue A. The address currently given in the Overview is for the block long side of the Mecca premises on Avenue A between E. 14th and E. 15th Streets, which can be seen in the NYC Tax Photo displayed here

You must login before making a comment.

New Comment

Subscribe Want to be emailed when a new comment is posted about this theater?
Just login to your account and subscribe to this theater.