Morningside Theatre

2135 8th Avenue,
New York, NY 10026

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Previously operated by: Consolidated Amusement Company, Liggett-Florin Booking Service

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Morningside Theatre

The Morningside Theatre was licensed to screen motion pictures by May 28, 1913. By 1929 it was operated by the Consolidated Amusement Company chain. By 1950 it was operated by Liggett-Florin Booking Service. After closing in the late-1960’s it was used as a church.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 11 comments)

kencmcintyre on July 13, 2008 at 5:42 pm

There is a bank on the corner of Eighth (Frederick Douglass Avenue) and 116th, listed as 2149 Eighth. The rest of the block up to 115th is a very large hole in the ground. 2139 Eighth would have been part of that side of the street. Perhaps the theater is no more.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on July 15, 2008 at 7:48 am

This was already showing movies in 1919 according to a Paramount Week ad in the NYT.

googuse on May 16, 2009 at 10:46 am

Located at 2135 Eighth Avenue in Manhattan. There is a quick shot of the marquee in the 1970 film “Cotton Comes to Harlem”. It appeared to be a church at the time.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on February 27, 2010 at 6:45 pm

A motion picture theatre was already at this location in 1917 according to the NYT.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on January 31, 2011 at 6:53 am

The Morningside appears in a NYT ad for the wide release of “YOUNG DILLINGER” in May 1965. It was apparently still open or re-opened then.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on January 31, 2011 at 7:07 am

“According to the 1925 New York City directory, the Morningside Theatre (a neighborhood theatre owned by Trocadero Amusements) was located 2139 8th Avenue.”

from BLUES OF A LIFETIME: The autobiography of Cornell Woolrich

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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on January 31, 2011 at 7:08 am

Does anyone know if this operated as the Spanish language Santurce in the early sixties?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on September 4, 2011 at 4:35 pm

I just noticed that the NEWS ABOUT THIS THEATRE link on the right of this page has a link from 2009 with a photo and information that dates this theatre back to at least 1908.

The intro has also gone missing.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on September 5, 2011 at 11:05 am

Seems to have happened on more than a couple of theaters, Al. I wonder if there’s a fix available for that? Perhaps data stored somewhere than can somehow be retrieved. Of course, in a lot of cases, it wouldn’t be such a bad thing to start anew with the introductory comments.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on September 5, 2011 at 11:07 am

Fixed the street view above. Looks like the theater building has been replaced by entirely new construction. I think we can call this one demolished.

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