For the Record has followed progress of the Manhattan Building Plans processing and rehousing project in several articles, most recently, Manhattan Building Plans Project - The Seaport and Financial District. This week, For the Record highlights the original plans for the Loew’s Canal Street Theatre identified by project archivists.
31 Canal Street, Loew’s Canal Street Theater, 1940. Showing were the 1940 films Abe Lincoln in Illinois, a black & white bio-pic, and a Shirley Temple Technicolor fantasy The Blue Bird. Both films were box-office flops. Also showing was the racy 1940 crime drama Convicted Woman, and a 1939 comedy, Money to Burn. 1940s Tax Photograph Collection.
The Loew’s Canal Street Theatre is located between Essex and Ludlow Streets, in the heart of Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Long since converted to other uses, the building is a surviving example of the lavish movie palaces built by the Loew’s company in the 1920s and 30s throughout the city.
1934 Manhattan Atlas, showing block 297. Although the Theater auditorium fronted Ludlow Street, the narrow marquee entrance lobby was on Canal Street.