Cine Lido

200 W. 48th Street,
New York, NY 10036

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DavidZornig on November 22, 2021 at 9:58 pm

2013 article with 1937 photos as Cotton Club.

DavidZornig on December 23, 2019 at 10:04 pm

Cine Lido among the 1971 photos in below link.

DavidZornig on August 29, 2019 at 6:34 pm

October 1973 photo as Cine Lido added, photo credit David A. Isacowitz. Courtesy 70s/80s New York City Facebook page.

DavidZornig on November 23, 2015 at 10:20 pm

Late `30’s photo added courtesy of the IM STILL SO NYC Facebook page. Larger marquee than the previous 1930’s photo.

DavidZornig on October 26, 2015 at 12:34 am

1930’s photo as The Cotton Club added courtesy of Stephen Sclafaniā€ˇ.

darrenparlett on August 17, 2013 at 3:03 am

@Steve that is awesome. Do tell more (i love this historical experiences )

stevengoldberg on August 17, 2013 at 2:35 am

I was the owner of the Princess Theatre on Broadway and was the one who re-opened the Latin Quarter. I have film footage and memorabilia from the original LQ both in NYC and Palm Beach Fla. I have also got stuff from Cab Calloways Cotton Club which was located there prior to the LQ. I also was the one who changed it to the first, biggest an best Hip Hop and rap club shortly there after. I was young and it was a lot of fun being a part of New Yorks history.

ParadiseGray on June 7, 2013 at 10:51 am

The Latin Quarter was the incubator of the Golden Era of Hip Hop 1985 – 1988. It was the scene of epic battles and KRS-One vs Mele-Mel., KRS-1 VS MC Shan etc.. It was where folks like Public Enemy, Queen Latifah, Big Daddy Kane, Eric B & Rakim, Salt & Pepa, Kid & Play, 3rd Bass, Schoolly D, Jungle Brothers and numerous others went to get their start.

We relive those lofty days with Paradise Gray of X-Clan.. he was the one who ran the show back in the days and he has lots of insights and stories to tell. Enjoy the interview

The History of the Latin Quarter-Hip Hop’s Legendary Nite Club:

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on January 4, 2012 at 7:54 pm

I found an old article that states the landlord was none other than E.M. Loews, who evicted the Latin Quarter due to overdue rent. Does anyone know if E.M. Loews was the actual operator of the Cine Lido and Cine Malibu?

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on April 19, 2011 at 10:14 am

Good work, Al! Glad I posted here today.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on April 19, 2011 at 9:43 am

There is a shot of the Cine Lido in the book NEW YORK THEN AND NOW but it is from so far away that even the marquee title is illegible.

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Ed Solero
Ed Solero on April 19, 2011 at 8:56 am

In keeping with the tradition of posting one comment per year on this page…

Here’s a 1950’s view of the Latin Quarter in full swing and here is another of the 48th Street entrance. This shot from 1948 shows an earlier marquee. Finally, here’s one last shot of the Broadway marquee and the adjacent Playland arcade that cut through from Seventh Ave to Broadway and I remember still being in that location into the 1980’s.

I recall another Playland location next to the Rialto Theatre’s Seventh Avenue entrance. And I believe there was one remaining Fascination arcade on Broadway in the upper 40’s. I never went into the Fascination location – never even knew exactly what it was until years later, but I remember the sign on Broadway and I’ve seen photos of other previous locations in the area, particularly on 42nd Street.

Anyway, I am unable to locate any images of this site operating as the Cine Lido, or any of its later incarnations. But I did find this 1930’s shot showing this building as the Times Square location of the famous Cotton Club.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on March 2, 2010 at 8:49 am

This location most likely became the Pussycat 2 in later years.

edblank on May 27, 2008 at 9:25 pm

I had heard about Jules Podell’s famous Latin Quarter (often mentioned on network TV) for at least 20 years before finally getting to New York. Alas, by then it had become Cine Lino. Still, when I first saw a (poor) movie there, I was much distracted by the sense of being in the space that the nightclub once had occupied.