City Theatre

114 E. 14th Street,
New York, NY 10003

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Previously operated by: Fox Circuit

Architects: Thomas White Lamb

Styles: French Renaissance

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City Theatre

The City Theatre was built for William Fox in 1909, and was the first theatre to be designed by architect Thomas White Lamb. In the 1930’s it was given an Art Deco style makeover. It was closed around March 1952.

Contributed by William Gabel

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RobertR on June 13, 2005 at 3:45 pm

Judging by the above picture this theatre looked really nice on the outside. I found an ad from sometime in 1948 and the two films on the program were very exploitation looking. “Panic” promised sex, suspense and murder and the second feature was called “Fiesta”. No studio is in the ad but I’m sure it was Monogram or Republic.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on January 19, 2010 at 3:52 pm

This disappears from the New York Times movie ad pages around March 16, 1952.

RobertR on February 11, 2010 at 9:53 am

A great shot from 1938
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EcRocker on March 28, 2010 at 3:14 pm

What a shame. All those years that I worked at the Academy of Music I never knew that it was ever there. Based on what I saw in the picture and seeing the alley way and parking lot it does look like it could have been a theatre there. Dang all that time and I never knew.

TLSLOEWS on June 29, 2010 at 12:42 pm

Nice 1938 photo of City Theatre Robert R.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on July 8, 2010 at 7:21 am

Ad for the newsreel theatre in April 1942, after America entered the war.

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ddchapinn on April 22, 2016 at 8:02 pm

EcRocker, you are right! OMFG!I know that alley intimately. Rode my bike to connect 14th and 13th St ALL the time and I NEVER KNEW!! Went to the Academy of Music, Palladium (concerts AND disco) many times; and also went to Luchows when it was a “club” at the end….Lived at 14th and 2nd, then 11th St. That alley and the parking lot would be an exact footprint of a movie theatre!

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on April 25, 2016 at 6:47 pm

What’s that burlesque theatre on Irving Place and 13th street, seen in the first photo…?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on April 25, 2016 at 7:37 pm

The Irving Place Theatre on 15th Street. Showed movies in 1916 and then again from 1939 to 1952.

EsseXploreR on November 13, 2017 at 10:04 am

This was designed by Thomas Lamb for William Fox in 1909. According to the New York Times it was the first theater building Lamb ever designed. Pity it’s no longer around.

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