The New Yorker Theater at 2409 Broadway at 88th Street was one of the great Upper West Side movie houses of the 20th century. Woody Allen also shot a famous scene in Annie Hall in its lobby.
Jean Kweskin Siegel, who worked there and lived across the street, sent the following photos and memories:
“The New Yorker Theatre was originally named The Adelphi. Then the Yorktown, when my family moved from 299 Riverside Drive to 215 West 88th street. I lived there until 1978.
As seen in my photos from my window across the street, the theatre was bought by the Walter Reade chain and twinned. I worked there at the time. The photos were taken by me from my 7th floor window across the street.
It was a great revival theatre while it lasted. You’ll see Dan Talbot, along with Hitchcock posted here.
I watched the filming of a Woody Allen movie from my window. I met Robert Morse while I worked there. He was quite charming. I was also robbed at the box office by a guy with a phone gun. He’d gone up and down Broadway, robbing the various theatres.
The candy machine was removed from the theatre during the twinning renovation, as shown by my photo.
The silhouettes are photos I own, of the nymphs that were on either side of the auditorium.
There was also a large Diana the Huntress and her dog above the marquee, until a storm knocked it off, where it remained for quite some time.
Growing up on the Upper West Side has brought some pleasant memories for me.”
Here’s that Woody Allen scene:
(It’s now a Duane Reade.)
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