Grand Central Theatre

89 E. 42nd Street,
New York, NY 10017

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davidcoppock on August 20, 2016 at 4:31 pm

Is it the only theatre/cinema inside a train station?

davidcoppock on August 20, 2016 at 4:29 pm

Is the clock still there?

SethLewis on June 11, 2015 at 4:26 am

This was showing Plaza Suite in 1971
Weird that I came across leafing through NYT ads last night
Was a newsreel theatre before that

slsiege on April 14, 2014 at 11:06 am

I passed by it many times but never went in. (In the early 1970’s, when I was going to college and Amtrak trains on the old New York Central lines were still leaving from Grand Central, I had to change stations in New York.) I distinctly recall that on one occasion, oe of the last times I saw the theater in operation, the program was the 1971 documentary “The Hellstrom Chronicle”, so the end must have come around 1973 or thereabouts.

Another thing: it probably was an inspiration for a strip in the comic series “Julis Knipl: Real Estate Photographer”, which takes place in such a theater.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 23, 2014 at 4:26 pm

The April 1, 1937, issue of Motion Picture Daily said that the opening of the newsreel theater being built inside Grand Central Station had been set for May 3.

gilbertw on April 27, 2007 at 11:06 am

a short video of people going into the grand central theater is on the video VHS titled: “The winning of world war 2” “The road to victory – ratling the saber” 1990 mbi/ulanoff distributed by publishers choice videos. hosted with personal commentary by John s. d. elsenhower. I own this video.

bill gilbert

bamtino on September 10, 2005 at 11:02 am

Though it won’t really map properly, I believe the address should be listed as 33 Grand Central Terminal (Main Concourse, opposite Track 17), New York, NY 10017.

NativeForestHiller on August 19, 2005 at 11:40 pm

Hi Joe Clark & my other theater enthusiast friends!!! Every so often, you can find a Grand Central Theatre postcard on Ebay.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on May 19, 2005 at 11:21 pm

Some other newsreel and short subject cinemas located in train stations:

South Station Theatre, Boston
Newsreel Theatre, Cincinnati
Victoria Station News Theatre, London

worldcity on January 14, 2005 at 5:36 pm

When I was a regular customer in the early ‘50s, they changed the program twice a week (to run current news in that pre-TV era). Since the change-over came in the middle of the day, and if you timed it right, you could catch two programs (a two-hour show) for a single admission ($1).

trainedseal on December 10, 2004 at 7:37 pm

Where can I get a better copy of this postcard? I would like to use it in my research

RobertR on February 4, 2004 at 11:36 am

I think I remember reading that later on it screened second run fims.

philipgoldberg on October 23, 2002 at 5:17 pm

the site is now home of a wine store, and if you go inside you can see—fully restored—the star-filled arched ceiling of the theater’s lobby.