2nd Avenue Theater

googlemaps_eastviltheater.jpgTwo weeks ago, I got to see the sneak preview of The Kingdom, which if you have not seen it yet, GO NOW! The movie was awesome.

Anyway, I saw it at City Cinemas Village East theater on the corner of 2nd Avenue and 12th Street. I had been to the smaller theaters here in the basement, but because this was a big blockbuster (unlike their usual independent and art house films), they had this one in the main theater. This place was INCREDIBLE!

It was large and rotund, with stadium seating and lots of artwork all over. There was a vestige from a balcony box, and an orchestra pit that has been turned into more seating. At the top of the theater, there was a beautiful artistic dome, with ornate paintings and carvings, and incredibly in-depth art work. I noticed a number of Stars of David throughout the theater, so I am assuming, based also on the location, that this must have formally been a Yiddish theater, and has since been converted.

Does anyone know about the origins of this awesome movie house?

4 Comments so far

  1. Ben K. (unregistered) on October 3rd, 2007 @ 11:22 am

    It’s amazing what you can find just by typing something into Google :)

  2. Chris Trent (unregistered) on October 3rd, 2007 @ 11:37 am

    “City Cinema’s beautifully restored Village East Cinemas was once the home of Yiddish theater.”

    huh, no wonder you love it noah, you big jew. ;)

  3. Noah (unregistered) on October 3rd, 2007 @ 11:43 am

    Yes, and Yes.

    With a name like Noah, wouldn’t I have to be?

  4. ttrentham (unregistered) on October 4th, 2007 @ 11:42 am

    I used to live a couple blocks from that theater in 1994 and 1995. I loved going to see movies in the main auditorium. I remember seeing Crimson Tide and Le Fils Du Requin there among others.

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