Lane Theatre

560 W. 181st Street,
New York, NY 10033

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Lane Theater

Located in the Washington Heights district of upper Manhattan. The Lane Theatre was opened prior to 1937, and was always a late-run movie house.

The Lane Theatre was closed in 1959, and has since been demolished.

Contributed by Warren G. Harris

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guarina on May 19, 2012 at 10:22 pm

Ed, Then from east to west on 181st Street, the Empress was first at 544 with the back of the auditorium to the east on Audubon Avenue, the Lane was next at 560 with the auditorium straight south the back on 180th Street and the Gem was last at 564 with the back of the auditorium to the west on St. Nicholas Avenue. None of the used book shops have answered me about old telephone directory yellow pages.

sulane on August 1, 2014 at 6:59 pm

My husband’s father owned the Lane and the Gem Theaters on W 181st ST. If anyone is interested in more info.

robboehm on August 2, 2014 at 1:34 am

Would be nice to actually have pictures of the theatres on Cinema Treasures.

guarina on August 4, 2014 at 7:04 pm

sulane, What was at 560 where the Lane had been, later on?, the Howard’s store?

guarina on January 31, 2015 at 3:04 am

sulane, Do let us please have more info about the Lane and the Gem.

GALLERYHAVANA on March 12, 2015 at 11:52 am

Guarina, Hi, I’ve enjoyed reading your comments on Havana theaters. I’ve been photographing Havana for the past couple years. I have a few questions you may be able to help me with before I return to Havana. If you don’t mind, please e-mail me at GALLERYHAVANA

Thanks Max

guarina on May 9, 2015 at 11:48 pm

The ticket window was to the right of the entrance, there was a stairway to the left before the doors to the lobby at street level, going down to the orchestra seats. The R.K.O. Coliseum was also another nearby theater.

kidblast1 on December 17, 2015 at 2:42 am

Whatever happened to this Sulane who said her father-in-law owned the Gem and Lane Theaters?

joepoppa2 on June 22, 2017 at 11:23 am

I grew up at 558 W 181st from 1954 to 1971. The Lane had an entrance on 181st at 560 W 181st that went into the block with a majority of the theater on the 180th street side. The Gem was gone before I could remember it but I have a map of the Heights from 1932 that shows the entrance was on St. Nick about mid block and next to the apartment building at the corner of 180th.

HomecrestGuy on July 9, 2019 at 7:42 pm

Partial photos, circa 1940-41, added to gallery.

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