From the windows of the new Regal Essex 14 multiplex a glimpse of the old–the remains of the Loew’s Delancey.
Motography, April 1911:
“Plans have been filed by George A. Boehm, architect, for a moving picture theater to be erected at Delancey and Suffolk streets, New York City, for Ellen G. Gilbert at a cost of $40,000.”
This earlier building was not completed. The Loew’s Delancey opened March 1912 with a seating capacity of 1788, S. S. Sugar architect.
Alterations were carried out in 1918 by Thomas Lamb, job book 1136.
1940 Tax Photo
Motion Picture Herald, February 26, 1938:
“Eye-arresting indeed was Albert Gutterman’s ‘The Last Gangster’ display at Loew’s Delancey Theatre, N. Y. C., representing a prison with large headlights and dummy machine guns mounted over all. Display was designed and created by H. Cooke of Gutterman’s staff.”
Loew’s Delancey, 1978 Photo: Museum of the City of New York
The theatre closed June 1977 with the ground floor converted to stores.
Since 1997 theatre historian, Cezar Del Valle, has conducted a popular series of theatre talks and walks, available for historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc.
Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, a three-volume history of borough theatres.
The first two chosen 2010 OUTSTANDING BOOK OF THE YEAR by the Theatre Historical Society. Final volume published in September 2014.
Editing and updating the third edition of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, Volume I.