Paraiso Theater

1714 Madison Avenue,
New York, NY 10029

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Previous Names: New Madison Theater, Municipal Theater, Ansell Theater

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Located in East Harlem on Madison Avenue between E. 113th Street & E. 114th Street (which no longer exist today). This small cinema served East Harlem for many decades under at least three different names. It was open as the New Madison Theater by 1914. By 1935 it had been renamed Municipal Theater. By 1953 it was screening Spanish language movies as the Ansell Theatre. It had closed by 1957.

Contributed by Warren G. Harris

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 13, 2005 at 7:12 am

It is listed as the New Madison Theatre in the American Motion Picture Directory 1914-1915. Still the New Madison Theatre with 440 seats in the Film Daily Yearbook; 1926 edition. Same in the 1930 F.D.Y. with seating given as 528.

It’s the Municipal Theatre with 512 seats in the 1941 edition of F.D.Y., 540 seats in 1943 and 600 seats in 1950.

No listing in the 1957 Film Daily Yearbook.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on January 29, 2010 at 11:23 am

Listed in the 1953 Film Daily Yearbook as an Ansell theatre, a chain that runs Spanish language theatres.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on June 30, 2012 at 1:32 pm

The Madison theatre referred to in the article must be the Caribe.

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