Golden Rule Theatre

125 Rivington Street,
New York, NY 10002

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Golden Rule Theatre, New York City, NY

Also known as the Golden Rule Hall and utilized for functions such as union organizing hall and boxing venue, the theatre was located on the ground level of a five story tenement and exhibited motion pictures from at least 1908 through 1920 or later.

In the 2000’s the space was home to Rivington Guitars, while four stories of apartments still rise above. When seen in July 2019 the storefront was being renovated.

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kydebren on February 7, 2007 at 7:26 am

I have located the marriage license at the NY dept of records and will be ordering it. Unfortunately, I can only turn up my Grandfather’s name (the Groom). I used the Italian Gen Society’s site and if you would like the url let me know.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on May 1, 2008 at 12:25 pm

The M & S Waco theatre at 118 Rivington Street advertised in 1923. Might this have been the Golden Rule or a separate theatre?

Judith Thissen
Judith Thissen on May 2, 2008 at 12:22 am

The Waco (World Amusement Company) Theater was opposite the Golden Rule Theater. It opened in 1908. The right address is 118-120 Rivington Street.

kydebren on May 2, 2008 at 5:46 am

In response to ALALvarez, the Golden Rule Hall’s address is 125 Rivington St. It would seem that we are talking about 2 locations on opposite sides of the same street. Also, that was a close call Lost Memory~

kydebren on May 2, 2008 at 5:47 am

One more thought, the Golden Rule was hall that hosted Weddings,etc.
My Grandparents were married there in 1898 (or 1895)!

Judith Thissen
Judith Thissen on May 16, 2008 at 3:04 am

Abraham Cahan — the famous Yiddish newspaper editor and novelist — made his first public speech at the Golden Rule Hall in 1882.

kencmcintyre on January 9, 2009 at 12:30 pm

The guitar store has moved, and the retail space is for sale.

seymourcox on August 9, 2009 at 11:17 am

An undated photo, from LIFE, comes this photo of Lillian Gish standing in front of a poster for a theatre with a name that begins with Golden,
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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on January 23, 2010 at 6:50 pm

A meeting of the League of City Peddlers of Greater New York was held at the Golden Rule Theatre in June 1928, indicating it may have still been open for Yiddish Vaudeville or movies.

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