5. Loew’s Canal Theater

Balcony level - Loew's 46th Street TheaterThe main floor of the auditorium is now used as storage for a furniture store. Photo by After the Final Curtain.

Located at 31 Canal Street, Loew’s Canal Theater was built in 1927 and, at the time of its construction, the theater was New York City’s second largest theater, boasting 2,314 seats. Loew’s sold the theater to the Mayer & Schneider Circuit in 1929, though it quickly went bankrupt and was resold back to Loew’s within the year. The theater, designed by Thomas Lamb, was known for showing lesser known films and serials.

Though Loew’s Canal Theater closed in the 1950s, much of its decor remains in good shape. The facade of the building’s lobby has since been named a city landmark.