777 8th Avenue,
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777 Theatre (Official)
Architects: Irving Kudroff
Functions: Live Theatre
Previous Names: Hollywood Twin Cinema, Hollywood Twin Theater
The Hollywood Twin Cinema was unusual because it was built as a 350-seat twin porn movie theatre, opening in November 1971. Then, amid a lot of fanfare, became a twin revival theatre from 1981. It showed classic double bills and sometimes would play a rarely seen classic for more then a few days. The nice thing about it being a twin was that it gave freedom to revive recent films as double features.
It operated successfully until 1986 when internal problems with its management caused it to close. The theatre returned to porn with gay in one twin and straight in the other. When the Times Square cleanup started, the theatre closed in 1994 and became the information and meeting area for the Big Apple Bus Company, which gives tours of the city.
In late-2013, one of the former screens was reopened as an off-Broadway theatre known as 777 Theatre. Seating is provided for around 150 seats. The Big Apple Bus Company still operates in the other auditorium.
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