History Hunt – Week 3 Answered

Posted on: July 27th, 2010 at 11:01 am by

Thanks to all the folks who participated in week 3 of the History Hunt.  The correct answer is 142-146 Delancey, the former home of Loews Delancey.  Congratulations to Thomas V. Armstrong for winning a copy of The Snakehead by Patrick Radden Keefe.

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In 1911, the row of tenement living and ground level retail between Norfolk and Suffolk Streets was leveled to make way for the Loews Delancey Theatre.  According to Cinema Treasures, the brick-box theater opened in the spring of 1912, and allegedly featured eight acts of vaudeville; movie shorts and newsreels were used strictly as filler material.  It remained a functioning theater with a single screen until roughly 1977, when it reportedly closed for good.

Here were the clues

Clue #1: I’ve been in the neighborhood since 1912, and watched the transition from vaudeville and silent films, to talkies and newsreels. Who am I?

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Clue #2: Back in the day, people used to come see me for a quarter.  Times really have changed.  Who am I?

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Clue #3: The suburban multiplex is my sworn enemy.  Things haven’t been the same around here since 1977.

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