Little Carnegie Theatre

146 W. 57th Street,
New York, NY 10019

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Previously operated by: Walter Reade Theatres

Architects: Wolfgang Hoffman, John J. McNamara

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: Little Carnegie Playhouse

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Little Carnegie Theatre, New York, NY in 1928 - Auditorium

Opened on November 3, 1928 with “Ten Days That Shook the World”. The Little Carnegie Playhouse was for many decades one of the premiere art houses in Manhattan, along with the Paris Theatre, Beekman Theatre, Sutton Theatre, Plaza Theatre, Fine Arts Theatre and Baronet Theatre. It was designed in a ‘modern’ style by architect Wolfgang Hoffman. Located on W. 57th Street, adjacent to Carnegie Hall and the Russian Tea Room. It had a very sizable lobby and waiting area for a theatre its size, and the plush seats and everything about the theatre spelled Class…with a capital ‘C’.

It was remodeled in 1952 to the plans of architect John J. McNamara in a Streamline Moderne style. All seating was on a single sloping floor. The Little Carnegie Theatre was closed on April 8, 1982 with “Atlantic”. It is sorely missed.

It is not to be confused with the Carnegie Hall Cinema, which was around the corner on 7th Avenue.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

Recent comments (view all 74 comments)

robboehm
robboehm on June 12, 2016 at 10:02 am

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michaelkaplan
michaelkaplan on November 4, 2017 at 7:35 pm

Reading about the New York premiere of Sergei Eisenstein’s “October: Ten Days That Shook the World,” Alfred Barr Jr. wrote in The Arts (Volume 13-14, p. 316) that the film opened at the Little Carnegie on November 2, 1928. Barr doesn’t mention whether there was a musical accompaniment to “Ten Days” – one of the last silent films – but one has to assume there was.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on February 27, 2018 at 1:51 pm

Hello-

the last time I can remember seeing a film here
was the 40th anniversary re-issue of Disney’s
Pinocchio.

Astyanax
Astyanax on June 17, 2020 at 9:28 pm

Any info on when the Walter Reade Organization began operating this theatre?

vindanpar
vindanpar on June 18, 2020 at 5:37 am

A theater that lasted until the waning days of the city when New York was New York. It is sorely missed. I remember waiting on the lines that would stretch east on 57th.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on June 18, 2020 at 7:30 am

This became a Walter Reade location in October 1966.

Decoman36
Decoman36 on June 19, 2020 at 12:25 am

The sidewalk canopy of this theater can be seen in the movie Tootsie during the scene where Dustin Hoffman & Sydney Pollack are standing outside of The Russian Tea Room. The film must have been shot right before the theater closed, as it was released in 1982.

rivest266
rivest266 on October 8, 2020 at 1:13 pm

The Little Carnegie theatre opened on November 3rd, 1928. Grand opening ad posted http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/6451/photos/320021

ridethectrain
ridethectrain on July 5, 2021 at 4:20 pm

Please update, theatre open November 3, 1928 and closed April 8, 1982 with Atlantic City

Marcy Starnes
Marcy Starnes on January 16, 2022 at 2:31 pm

I was there when the theatre closed, with Atlantic City. It was an extremely difficult day. Fortunately the WRO, keep some of it’s other locations open. To the east, the Festival and in lower Manhattan, the Bay Cinema, not to mention the Ziegfeld.

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