72nd Street Playhouse
346 E. 72nd Street,
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Firms: Groneberg & Leuchtag
Previous Names: Granada Theatre, Trans-Lux Theatre, 72nd Street East Theatre
The 72nd Street Playhouse opened in 1914 and was operated by the Consolidated Amusement Company chain until at least 1926. By the early-1940’s it had been renamed Granada Theatre and was operated by the Interboro chain. From 1948 to 1955 it was operated by the Trans-Lux Movies Corp. chain. Small plush neighborhood theatre on the upper east side between First Avenue and Second Avenue, which I recall from the 1950’s that, for a time, it played RKO reissues. By 1962 it was operated by the Associated Independent Theatres Inc. chain and they were still the operators in 1970.
Seating was very comfortable with red or maroon velvet seats similar in style to those at the Roxy Theatre and Radio City Music Hall. The 72nd Street Playhouse was closed early-November 1984 and has since been demolished.
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