On Wednesday night, we noted that the sidewalk shed was finally being removed from the northwest corner of Second Avenue and St. Mark's Place...And seeing the corner again....
...got me thinking about one of its former occupants, the St. Marks Cinema. According to Cinema Treasures, a theater was in operation at this location from 1914 to the spring of 1985. (Jeremiah had a Jim Jarmusch-related post on the Cinema in July 2008 that you should read.)
There are many fine remembrances of the place in the Cinema Treasures comments section, such as this one:
We lived on the Bowery near the St. Marks from the 60's thru the 80's. It was fondly nicknamed "The Itch". Nobody dared sit in the front row because it was reserved for the "Hell's Angels" ... Everyone was stoned. I remember a triple feature of "Eraserhead", "Freaks", and at midnight "El Topo" ( or El Poto"). After the show we staggred out and had cabbage soup at the Kiev. Those were the days.
Meanwhile, here are some shots that were linked to the Cinema Treasures page...
...the theater also showed "Return of the Jedi." (Last listing in the Manhattan section.)
Cinema images via here, here and here.
For further reading:
St. Marks Cinema and Theatre Condos both via Jeremiah's Vanishing NY.