St. Vincent’s and the Village movie theater

Opened in 1921, the stately Loew’s Sheridan occupied the triangle at Seventh Avenue, 12th Street, and Greenwich Avenue in the West Village. But crowds dwindled, and in 1969, St. Vincent’s Hospital tore down the theater, intending to put an 8-story structure in its place. Hmm, sounds familiar…

Alas, they never did. Instead, St. Vincent’s moved into the Maritime Building next door and built an incinerator on the Loew’s site. That didn’t sit well with neighborhood activists, who remain skeptical of the hospital’s current expansion plans, as this City Review piece outlines.

Freaky trivia: In 1933, a man bought a ticket at the theater with a $5 bill. Turns out it was a marked bill from the Lindbergh baby ransom, leading to the arrest of Bruno Hauptmann, reports a 1935 New York Times article. 

(New-York Historical Society photo)

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9 Responses to “St. Vincent’s and the Village movie theater”

  1. Brian Fidelman Says:

    This is driving me nuts! Which corner of the triangle is that?

  2. Cathy Bianchi Says:

    On the left you’re looking north up 7th avenue. Greenwich ave on the right

  3. Cathy Bianchi Says:

    Uh…vice versa. Oops.

  4. Jerry 42nd Street Memories Says:

    Great shot. Grand theater that went down for no reason. Was a profitable Loews theater in 1969 but unfortunately it was only leased and St. Vincents made a garden out of the empty lot.

  5. R Says:

    The timeless destruction of buildings with heart and soul is unbearable. And it continues.

    No one seems to be able to stop the death of useful facilities either – St. Vincent’s Hospital – should remain a neighborhood health facility, but only if all the consultants, CEO’s et al are not part of the picture, however, this example doesn’t make one feel anything is safe even if that were to happen.

    It occurs to me that, more than anything else, the people in power, detest soul – detest passion. That’s an understatement. The general populace is desperately frightened by both.

  6. Jim Says:

    Does anyone remember Old McCoy’s, latter Chico and Connie’s on the NW angle, Greenwich and W 12th. Its proximity to St Vincent’s was probably the true reason for the theater’s and its destruction

  7. mhantholz Says:

    Saw “In Cold Blood” (1967) shortly after moving to NYC.
    Of course, because it was a *class* act, they had to close/demolish it and turn it into a vacant lot. I think it was a “community garden” for a while.

  8. Elizabeth Rooney Says:

    The theater of my childhood went there every Saturday to see cartoons from 10 am to 2pm for I think fifty cents or a dollar. It was a community garden for at least ten to twelve years at least till 1980.

  9. Deirdre Says:

    Saw my first movie here as a toddler:”How the West was Won.” Later, I saw saw/slept through many more movies with my parents while sitting in the balcony. I think we were there because smokers were allowed in the balcony?
    Cried when it was demolished and took part of brick home as a memento.

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