9. The Hollywood Theatre
Hidden in the East Village above a bodega on Avenue A between 6th and 7th Street sat the Hollywood Theatre. It opened in 1926 and was operated by RKO before Loew’s Inc. got a hold of it. Unfortunately, the old Hollywood did not last very long, shutting down in 1959. Afterwards, much of the orchestra and lobby areas were converted into retail space for East Village Farms, a health store. According to the Huffington Post, the bodega used much of it as a functional store room.
According to Cinema Treasures, much of the exterior survived, including the fire escape. Some of the interior decorations were saved because of a false ceiling in the bodega beneath it. Unfortunately, this little gem was demolished in the spring of 2015, but not before some photos were taken.