247 W. 48th Street,
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Architects: Paul C. Hunter
Previous Names: Edyth Totten Theatre, Midget Theatre, Artef Theatre, Caruso Theatre, Hindenburg Theatre, Acme Theatre, American Show Shop Theatre, 48th Street Theatre
With a long history of showing movies in between flop stage shows, the President Theatre deserves a listing here as possibly the only specialized Scandinavian movie theatre in New York. This was during the 1938-1945 war years when it was a full time cinema. It also showed films as the Edyth Totten Theatre (1927), as the President Theatre (1931, 1937, 1945), the Hindenburg Theatre (1932) showing German movies, the Caruso Theatre (1935) showing Italian movies, the Acme Theatre (1937) and the American Show Shop Theatre (1938).
It opened as the Edyth Totten Theatre on October 6, 1926 with the play “Secret Sands”. It bacame the Midget Theatre when it was taken over by an all-midget company and then became the Artef Theatre. Best known as the President Theatre from around 1929 with several other names in between until 1955 when it became Erwin Piscator’s Dramatic Workshop, closing in 1956. It was taken over as additional space for the adjacent Mamma Leone’s Restaurant, and was demolished in 1988.
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