Embassy 72nd Street Twin 1 and 2

2089 Broadway,
New York, NY 10023

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Previously operated by: Newsreel Theaters Inc.

Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: 72nd Street Newsreel Theatre, Embassy 72nd Street Theatre

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Embassy 72nd Street Twin 1 and 2

The theatre first opened September 9, 1938 with a policy of one hour programs of newsreels and short subjects, and was part of a chain that also had outlets in Times Square and the Grand Central Terminal area.

With the demise of newsreels in the TV era, the theatre switched to sub-run mainstream features and then to first-run art films. It became one of the most successful theatres of that type on the Upper West Side, and was twinned on February 6, 1981 with seating for 315 & 288. It was closed on August 28, 1988 with Tom Hanks in “Big” & Kevin Costner in “Bull Durham”. It was demolished for a high-rise building in the late-1980’s. That building’s original ground-floor tenant, HMV Records, has already been replaced at least once, if not twice.

Contributed by Warren G. Harris

Recent comments (view all 26 comments)

SPearce on January 10, 2008 at 10:52 am

No. I was wondering whether there was considered to be a best general site for info on something going on with a number of movie houses at one time, or if movie houses don’t appear to the untutored eye to have their own movie house site at CT, where is the preferred site to share for every readers' best interest. Meantime, I did post on specific theater sites after all. Some ad content was more historically interesting than others but one never knows what is going to be interesting to the reader (the Stanley was the most informative in content to me). Some of the movie houses mentioned above I did not find on the CT index, but may be listed under another name, don’t know. For example, I did not find all, or even probably the main Embassys, then the Roxy, Brandt’s Apollo, and I think, World were movie houses I did not find in the CT index.

edblank on May 27, 2008 at 7:42 pm

Not a fancy theater in its twinned era, but I remember the popcorn being fresher and better than at many other sites.

edblank on May 27, 2008 at 7:43 pm

Oh, and this theater tended to play Henry Jaglom’s films.

WalterM on June 28, 2014 at 11:57 am

I remember coming here every Friday afternoon with my mother in the early 50’s to watch newsreels and WB cartoons (my favorite).

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on March 5, 2015 at 7:29 am

Pre-twin photo can be seen halfway down this scroll of photos.


kieran10 on September 19, 2020 at 11:21 am

I remember this place being something of a pit, but it was very close to where I used to work at Tower Records, so I would see films here from time to time. The only two I can recall were Bull Durham and Big Business. I’d much rather go to the 84th street sixplex.

ridethectrain on July 4, 2021 at 8:59 am

Please update, became a twin on February 6, 1981 with Embassy 1 with 315 seats and Embassy 2 with 288 seats. Closed August 28, 1988 with Big and Bull Durham

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