New Yorker Theatre
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Previously operated by: Brandt Theaters, Walter Reade Theatres
Firms: Boak & Paris
Styles: Art Deco
Previous Names: Adelphi Theatre, Yorktown Theatre
News About This Theater
- Dec 1, 2012 — New Yorker Theater / American Showman Talk @ CJH Sunday, December 2
- Oct 21, 2009 — Talbot's New Yorker Theatres and distributor
Originally opened as the 955-seat Adelphi Theatre by 1914, it was later called the Yorktown Theatre. This was the neighborhood theatre to go to on the Upper West Side. “I worked there in concessions and box office as a teenager”.
Woody Allen filmed one of his movies within the lobby. It was a great revival theatre showing plenty of Marx Brothers films and other wonderful artists. It had a sign in book inside, to which many patrons complained about the projector, etc.
The Walter Reade Organization took it over, and they twinned the theatre on November 9, 1979 with seating provided for 390 & 412. Sadly it was downhill from there and the upper west side lost another gem when it closed on May 16, 1985.
During an awful storm, the Art Deco relief of Diana the Huntress, which hung over the marquee, toppled over and remained on top of the marquee until the theatre was finally demolished.
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Just curious why the top header has it listed as 1 screen but the last photo in the photo section shows a picture that says A Walter Reade Twin Theatre. When was it twinned and how? Down the middle etc??
I went there one time in 1982 to see the re release of Mary Poppins and it was a twin than.
It was twinned in 1979 by Walter Reade. I suspect the 150 seat balcony became a screen.
“Rocky Horror” played there in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and at one time had one of the country’s longest-running engagements of the movie. The official NYC “shadowcast” performed there briefly in early 1978 after the Waverly in the Village stopped showing the movie; however, the New Yorker’s “uptown clientele” weren’t as supportive as the Village fans. The New Yorker also hosted an ongoing run of “Shock Treatment,” the sequel to “Rocky Horror,” after its opening in late 1981. The re-release of “Mary Poppins” was in summer 1980, and the movie hasn’t had a general reissue since then.
Saw a number of films at this theatre such Evil Under the Sun, All of Me, Turk 182, Fast Forward, Protocol, Sluggers Wife, I was there on the last day of operation for this theatre in spring of 1985 and the last movie I saw here before closing was Just One of the Guys.
Too bad not many of these twin theatres are not around in 2015
Screen grab added. Arnold Schwarzenegger Filming A Scene From His Movie Debut, “Hercules In New York,” Outside Of The New Yorker Theater, 1969. (Cinematography By Leo Lebowitz.) Via Ruben Iglesias.
Indeed, it was opened as the Adelphi. I just posted a photo from 1914.
The theater known as the New Yorker was opened in 1914. I guarantee that it did not have the Boak & Paris streamlined look as that was not a thing in 1914. Does anyone know if the Adelphi had a stage? Or who the original architects where?
Please update, became a twin on November 9, 1979 with New Yorker 1 at 390 and New Yorker 2 at 412 seats. Theatre closed May 16, 1985
randytheicon, are you the former manager for the Walter Reade Organization?