Movie-Plex 42

244 W. 42nd Street,
New York, NY 10036

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Previous Names: Roxy Twin Theatre, Roxy Burlesk

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Opening in June of 1994 this former porn house was cheaply turned into a six-plex to supply W. 42nd Street with movies, after all the original theatres were shuttered. There was no way it could have lasted with Loews E-walk and AMC Empire coming, but for a short time it provided flicks to a quickly changing W. 42nd Street.

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KingBiscuits on June 3, 2011 at 5:06 am

As it turns out, the theatre actually did rather well in its short time span. Fridays and Saturdays reportedly had many sellouts and the theatre attracted many teens and couples. The theatre actually closed due to the city evicting the old tenants of 42nd Street despite business. The owners later sued the city but I don’t know how that went.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on June 3, 2011 at 1:22 pm

KingBiscuits, you might as well be talking about the old 42nd Street grindhouses, which the Movie-Plex replaced. Each of them were doing quite well on weekends and were only closed when they were evicted by the city for redevelopment.

neeb on January 5, 2012 at 10:22 pm

Some good info here:

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on January 6, 2012 at 6:27 am

Thanks, neeb. I love that site. By the way, the photo at the bottom of that page is actually of the other Roxy porn house that was immediately adjacent to the New Amsterdam Theatre – and does not have a listing here yet.

Anyway, here’s an active link to that page you posted.

DavidZornig on August 27, 2017 at 1:18 pm

1971 photo added of the Roxy Bulesk/Joy 42nd Street Theatre marquee. Thanks to Ed Solero for the detective work.

DavidZornig on December 4, 2018 at 9:11 am

1972 photo added via Photographs From The 1970s Facebook page.

DanielTheMovieGod on February 1, 2021 at 8:27 pm

What year did this theater closed

ridethectrain on February 1, 2021 at 8:58 pm

probably in 1998 or 1999

br91975 on February 2, 2021 at 7:16 am

It closed in March of 1996.

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