15 Washington Street,
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Previous Names: Horace McMahon Theatre, Penthouse Cinema
First listed in the City Directory in 1972 as Horace McMahon Theatre. It could have been live theatre with this name. Most names like this occurred in the beginning of talkies. Not listed in 1977 but reappears in 1979 as the Penthouse Cinema (porn?). Name changes to SoNo Cinema in 1980 and in 1990 changes to SoNo Cinema and Video.
It’s now Nagoya Japanese Restaurant and the triangular marquee on one side says the establishment’s name, the other has a New York phone number and says "For Sale Large Night Club or Bar" and the flat front of the triangle still says "SoNo Cinema in rear". In the back there’s a large vacant store with drop ceiling and you can make out the cinema. The club was Gasoline which still has awnings and posters in the windows. It could have been two or three screens.
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