Embassy 72nd Street Twin 1 and 2
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Previously operated by: Newsreel Theaters Inc.
Styles: Art Deco
Previous Names: 72nd Street Newsreel Theatre, Embassy 72nd Street Theatre
The theatre first opened September 9, 1938 with a policy of one hour programs of newsreels and short subjects, and was part of a chain that also had outlets in Times Square and the Grand Central Terminal area.
With the demise of newsreels in the TV era, the theatre switched to sub-run mainstream features and then to first-run art films. It became one of the most successful theatres of that type on the Upper West Side, and was twinned on February 6, 1981 with seating for 315 & 288. It was closed on August 28, 1988 with Tom Hanks in “Big” & Kevin Costner in “Bull Durham”. It was demolished for a high-rise building in the late-1980’s. That building’s original ground-floor tenant, HMV Records, has already been replaced at least once, if not twice.
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