Thursday, June 18, 2009

An encouraging sign for the former Amato Opera?

I walk by the former Amato Opera on Bowery near Second Street fairly often. The Amato closed May 31 after a 61-year run. As Curbed noted, the building sold for $3.7 million.

Each time I walk by, I expect to see the Amato letters removed from the building...

...and all the costumes boxed up...

Still, I have some hope for this space. The Real Deal reported in late January that the building's new owner wants another theater to occupy the ground floor.

Plus! I find this encouraging: This commemorative plaque went up at the Amato this week.

Would anyone bother with a plaque if the building was going to turn into, say, a condo?

For further reading:
Amato Opera (Jeremiah's Vanishing NY)


  1. good point. let's hope there's no demolition.

  2. would be nice to see preservation of some of the original elements.

  3. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the same guy who owns the illegal hotel next to the Hell's Angels bought this building, too.

  4. Steve Croman of Croman Real Estate?


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