Trans-Lux Modern Theatres

1619 Broadway,
New York, NY 10019

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moviebuff82 on September 13, 2018 at 12:24 am

The company that owned this theater still exists to this day and trades on the OTC markets as TNLX.

DavidZornig on September 5, 2015 at 4:43 pm

1952 photo added, photo by Weegee (Arthur Fellig).

rivest266 on September 25, 2013 at 11:59 pm

Grand opening ad in the photo section for this cinema.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on November 16, 2010 at 3:46 pm

Not purpose built, but a conversion of a confectionary factory, Gale’s Bioscope Show opened as a twin screen cinema in Canning Town, London, UK in 1908. It was destroyed in a fire in 1909. /theaters/28119/

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 16, 2010 at 3:33 pm

The earliest purpose-built twin cinema to go into operation that I know of was the Duplex Theatre, Detroit, Michigan, which was opened in 1915. The Duplex was apparently too far ahead of its time, as it was closed in 1922. A link in the second comment on the Cinema Treasures page fetches a page with several photos and a floor plan of the theater.

Detroit got a second twin theater a few years later, when the Catherine Theatre (later the Carver Tehatre) was twinned.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on November 15, 2010 at 8:08 pm

Christofer; One of the earliest examples of a purpose-built twin cinema was the 1930 built, Twin Regal Kinemas in Manchester, England. UK.

William on November 15, 2010 at 7:48 pm

Christofer, Warren has not posted in a long time now. Most of his photobucket links have not worked in the last year or so. You might find a shot or two under the Trans-Lux 49th. Street Theatre. People for the longest time mixed the two houses up.

christofermeissner on November 15, 2010 at 7:13 pm

I’ve checked out the Bexley Theatre page but information on that one seems to be scarce, apart from the couple of exterior photos that are linked to in the profile. Any additional information (especially about citable sources) about the Bexley would be most welcome as well!

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on November 15, 2010 at 6:54 pm

If you’re interested in early twin theatres be sure to check out the Bexley Theatre in Bexley, Ohio, built in 1935 and unfortunately demolished in 1997.

christofermeissner on November 15, 2010 at 5:33 pm

I am doing some research into early twin theatres and am interested in seeing the images of this theater that Warren G. Harris posted back in 2005. Unfortunately, those links do not seem to still be operative. Warren, if you are still around, do you still have or have access to those images of the Trans-Lux twin theatre?

shoeshoe14 on September 23, 2005 at 7:15 pm

I usually find the info from the local history rooms in various town libraries in the albums of property. Pics are usually included as well as functions etc, taken by the historical commission.

William on September 22, 2005 at 7:39 pm

Good work Warren, with what I posted last week on the Trans-Lux 49th Street. About how those pictures look like they were in the Brill Building and not the Trans-Lux 49th Street house. With the original photos that RobertR posted of the theatre and the ones Warren posted there had tobe two different theatre locations.

shoeshoe14 on September 22, 2005 at 5:29 pm

I don’t know if there’s an exact answer to this question, but how many theaters did Lamb design? It seems like thousands.