2. Discover the Lost Movie Theater in Grand Central’s Wine Shop
The murals inside Central Cellar wine store in Grand Central, next to Track 17, were rediscovered during the restoration of the terminal in the 1990s. They were once part of the movie theater Grand Central Theatre, that opened in the 1930s, playing shorts, cartoons and news reels. Stop by here, talk to the staff, who love the history of the spot as much as we do, and grab a bottle of wine or spirits to go!
The first film to screen at the theater was the MGM film Servant of the People: The Story of the Constitution of the United States. According to the website, I Ride the Harlem Line, the theater was advertised as the “most intimate theatre in America” and was open every day until midnight. Another fun tidbit is that the theater was designed by Tony Sarg, the same person who created the first balloons for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day, including Felix the Cat!