42nd St. Cinema

422 W. 42nd Street,
New York, NY 10036

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Facade of old 42st Cinema.

This small theatre appears to have opened by September 1967 and lasted into the mid-1970’s. It started off showing avant-garde and independent films. The bookings then went to soft core porn and ultimately XXX.

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Ed Solero
Ed Solero on September 21, 2006 at 11:51 am

Never heard of this one, but seems like it closed just a few years before my time frequenting the area – and I doubt I’d have ventured beyond 8th Ave in any event.

That address now corresponds with the Off-Broadway Little Shubert Theater, which opened in 2002 within a new 39 story apartment tower. The Shubert Organization (which runs the theater) claims it is the first Off-Broadway house to be built completely from the ground up – so we can safely update the 42nd Street Cinema’s status to “demolished”. Just about that whole side of the block between 9th Ave and Dyer has been built over with Off-B'way houses, including the Theatre Row and Playwrights Horizon complexes.

This website about the Little Shubert includes several photos of the new building’s exterior.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on March 13, 2019 at 3:49 am

For what it’s worth, since 2015 the Little Shubert is called Stage 42, although still owned by the Subert Organization…

rivest266 on October 6, 2020 at 10:02 pm

1st ad: September 15th, 1967. Posted.

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