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Former Amato Opera House on the Bowery Gains Both Luxury Living and New Fire Escapes

Last modified November 29, 2016 at 8:05 am

The former Amato Opera House is now unrecognizable as its former self. With scaffolding dismantled – and lettering gone from the facade – the theater is reincarnated as luxury living. There are some visible additions to the 1899-era tenement, including fresh white paintjob, the new duplex penthouse, and external fire escape system currently undergoing installation. […]

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A Glimpse of the Amato Opera House on the Bowery, Circa 1995 [VIDEO]

Posted January 28, 2015 at 9:20 am

A few days after unearthing his footage of Ludlow Street in 1995, Corey Shaff shares the following clip centered on the now-defunct Amato Opera House at 319 Bowery. Where the stage was allegedly smaller than the men’s room at the Met. It was initially produced for PBS that same year, but the public broadcasting channel decided the […]

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Amato Opera House Lettering is No Longer on the Bowery

Posted December 16, 2014 at 9:28 am

The disheveled, remnant evidence of the Amato Opera House at 319 Bowery is now wiped from public view. Within the last month or so, onsite renovations ahead of luxury conversion resulted in the removal of the iconic lettering. Controversial landlord Steve Croman obtained permits from the Department of Buildings in October to transform this haunted beauty […]

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Derelict (and Haunted) Amato Opera House Scares Away Potential Retailers

Last modified January 29, 2014 at 9:49 am

Current owner and controversial landlord Steven Croman is apparently having some trouble filling the derelict Amato Opera House at 319 Bowery. In the absence of the theater, Croman has plans to transform the historic structure (built in 1899) into residential units for “hedge-funders on the upper floors [plus penthouse] and one massive retail store.” That proposal is […]

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Haunted History: The Spirits of Amato Opera House on the Bowery

Posted October 30, 2013 at 11:18 am

Folks! ’tis the season!! For hauntings, but for me they happen all year ’round. Last one for awhile unless you let us know you want more!!! A funny thing happened on my way to the forum…or IN the forum of the Amato Opera House. Over the summer, I spent a day documenting the interior demolition […]

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Stop-Work Order Issued at Amato Opera House on the Bowery

Posted June 26, 2013 at 6:00 am

A week after our all-access photo tour of the decaying Amato Opera House, DOB inspectors decided to pay a visit. Their inspection of 319 Bowery yesterday afternoon resulted in the issuance of a stop-work order for stability concerns. According to the online database, two violations were recorded. There was reportedly work conducted without a permit […]

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Inside the Decaying Amato Opera House on the Bowery [EXCLUSIVE]

Posted June 20, 2013 at 5:22 am

Nearly every news source that wrote about the closing of Amato Opera House used the following words: “sad,” loss,” “shame,” “devastating,” and so on. Take a look at what this gem used to look like. From Playbill.com: Amato, founder of the Amato Opera Theatre, a scrappy cultural landmark on the Bowery for decades, died Dec. 13. The cause […]

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Cemusa Drops Another Newsstand on the Bowery

Posted April 12, 2013 at 6:30 am

Increased foot traffic on the northern Bowery apparently warranted the placement of a newsstand where before there wasn’t.

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Clearing Out the Amato Opera on the Bowery

Posted May 2, 2011 at 6:28 am

The longstanding Amato Opera was cleared out Saturday afternoon. See the carnage after the jump!

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Weekend Edition: November 6

Last modified June 27, 2012 at 1:12 am

[Photo Credit: Michelle Rick]

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