New Yorker Theatre

2409 Broadway,
New York, NY 10024

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Previously operated by: Brandt Theaters, Walter Reade Theatres

Firms: Boak & Paris

Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: Adelphi Theatre, Yorktown Theatre

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Filming A Scene From His Movie Debut,

Originally opened as the 955-seat Adelphi Theatre by 1914, it was later called the Yorktown Theatre. This was the neighborhood theatre to go to on the Upper West Side. “I worked there in concessions and box office as a teenager”.

Woody Allen filmed one of his movies within the lobby. It was a great revival theatre showing plenty of Marx Brothers films and other wonderful artists. It had a sign in book inside, to which many patrons complained about the projector, etc.

The Walter Reade Organization took it over, and they twinned the theatre on November 9, 1979 with seating provided for 390 & 412. Sadly it was downhill from there and the upper west side lost another gem when it closed on May 16, 1985.

During an awful storm, the Art Deco relief of Diana the Huntress, which hung over the marquee, toppled over and remained on top of the marquee until the theatre was finally demolished.

Contributed by Jean

Recent comments (view all 52 comments)

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on February 13, 2013 at 5:09 pm

It was twinned in 1979 by Walter Reade. I suspect the 150 seat balcony became a screen.

randytheicon on June 17, 2013 at 7:19 pm

“Rocky Horror” played there in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and at one time had one of the country’s longest-running engagements of the movie. The official NYC “shadowcast” performed there briefly in early 1978 after the Waverly in the Village stopped showing the movie; however, the New Yorker’s “uptown clientele” weren’t as supportive as the Village fans. The New Yorker also hosted an ongoing run of “Shock Treatment,” the sequel to “Rocky Horror,” after its opening in late 1981. The re-release of “Mary Poppins” was in summer 1980, and the movie hasn’t had a general reissue since then.

mharmon999 on June 20, 2015 at 2:37 pm

Saw a number of films at this theatre such Evil Under the Sun, All of Me, Turk 182, Fast Forward, Protocol, Sluggers Wife, I was there on the last day of operation for this theatre in spring of 1985 and the last movie I saw here before closing was Just One of the Guys.

Too bad not many of these twin theatres are not around in 2015

DavidZornig on September 5, 2015 at 11:34 am

Screen grab added. Arnold Schwarzenegger Filming A Scene From His Movie Debut, “Hercules In New York,” Outside Of The New Yorker Theater, 1969. (Cinematography By Leo Lebowitz.) Via Ruben Iglesias.

Munsterch on November 9, 2017 at 7:58 pm

Indeed, it was opened as the Adelphi. I just posted a photo from 1914.

NewYorkToursbyGary on April 15, 2021 at 2:39 pm

The theater known as the New Yorker was opened in 1914. I guarantee that it did not have the Boak & Paris streamlined look as that was not a thing in 1914. Does anyone know if the Adelphi had a stage? Or who the original architects where?

ridethectrain on July 5, 2021 at 7:01 pm

Please update, became a twin on November 9, 1979 with New Yorker 1 at 390 and New Yorker 2 at 412 seats. Theatre closed May 16, 1985

Marcy Starnes
Marcy Starnes on January 26, 2022 at 5:19 pm

randytheicon, are you the former manager for the Walter Reade Organization?

AlanCo4 on February 1, 2024 at 2:03 pm

Where they filmed The Honeymooners in 1955-1956.

m00se1111 on February 3, 2024 at 1:36 pm

everything I’ve read was that…

All 39 episodes of The Honeymooners were filmed at the DuMont Television Network’s Adelphi Theatre at 152 West 54th Street in Manhattan, which is a bit of a distance from here.

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