17. There Used to Be a Movie Theater in Grand Central Terminal

Grand Central Terminal ceiling

Grand Central Theatre, opened in 1937 (possibly earlier), showing newsreels, shorts, and cartoons. The 242-seat theater operated for three decades and was then gutted for retail. It formerly was home to the Grande Harvest Wine shop, next to Track 17. Previous to that, the tenant was a photoshop. Renovations to the terminal in the 1990s revealed a ceiling that stylistically matches the one in the main terminal.

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–one supposes Americans were a little more high-brow back then. 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.