Ideal Theatre

693 Eighth Avenue (at 49th street)
Built 1916

The Ideal Theatre was designed by the firm Eisendrath and Horwitz in Beaux Arts style and opened as a 598-seat movie house. It was known as the Squire, New Cameo, and Adonis before being named The Playpen sometime in 1990s. It did show art films in the mid 20th century but most of its life in its final few decades involved some variation on intercourse. (reference)

Ideal Theatre
1/22/2002 12:00 AM
Ideal Theatre
10/3/2006 03:50 PM
Ideal Theatre
10/3/2006 03:50 PM

The theatre was purchased by Tishman Realty in July of 2007 and was demolished in mid December of 2007 to free up this prime piece of real estate for a hotel. See photos HERE of the demolition. A page with history on the theatre and an unsuccessful petition effort is at Committee to Save the Playpen. The redevelopment project also included demolition of a 1950s/60s-era parking garage just to the west.

Ideal Theatre
10/17/2007 05:57 PM
Ideal Theatre
10/17/2007 05:58 PM
Ideal Theatre
10/19/2007 01:01 PM
Ideal Theatre
10/19/2007 01:01 PM
Ideal Theatre
10/19/2007 01:02 PM
Ideal Theatre
10/19/2007 01:02 PM
Ideal Theatre
10/19/2007 01:02 PM
Ideal Theatre
10/19/2007 01:05 PM
Ideal Theatre
10/19/2007 01:03 PM
Ideal Theatre
10/19/2007 01:03 PM
Ideal Theatre
10/19/2007 01:05 PM

The demolition area also included hideous modernist parking garage around the corner at 306 West 44th Street.

306 West 44th Street
10/17/2007 06:01 PM
306 West 44th Street
306 West 44th Street
10/17/2007 06:00 PM
306 West 44th Street
306 West 44th Street
10/17/2007 06:02 PM
306 West 44th Street
306 West 44th Street
10/17/2007 06:02 PM
306 West 44th Street
Demolition permits
2/15/2008 05:02 PM
Demolition permits
After demolition
2/15/2008 05:03 PM
After demolition
After demolition
2/15/2008 05:04 PM
After demolition
After demolition
2/15/2008 05:05 PM
After demolition
After demolition
2/15/2008 05:06 PM
After demolition
After demolition
4/15/2008 06:57 PM
After demolition
After demolition
5/2/2008 04:14 PM
After demolition
New construction
4/5/2009 05:18 PM
New construction
New construction
4/5/2009 05:19 PM
New construction
New construction
6/11/2009 01:33 PM
New construction
New construction
6/11/2009 01:33 PM
New construction
New construction
6/11/2009 01:34 PM
New construction
New construction
6/11/2009 01:35 PM
New construction
New construction
6/11/2009 01:35 PM
New construction
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6/11/2009 01:35 PM
New construction
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6/11/2009 01:36 PM
New construction
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6/11/2009 01:37 PM
New construction
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