Vintage Film Shows the Deconstruction of Midtown's Casino Theater in 1930

This great vintage film from 1930 shows the deconstruction and demolition of the old Casino Theater on Broadway and West 37th Street in Midtown, Manhattan. During the demolition, watch as an old man tells the story of how he hid a bottle of booze in the walls during prohibition. The video was dug up and restored by YouTuber and historian Guy Jones

Old film of the final days of the once-famous Casino Theater in New York City shot on February 1st, 1930. A gentleman named Jake Wolfe (can't find any information on him) reminisces over a bottle he hid in the walls during a renovation 25 years prior. We then see an amazing shot of the theatre and contemporary traffic on the street. Lastly, I've included some historical photographs of the theatre during it's heyday with the title song from the 1897 comedy "The Belle of New York" which had a run at the theatre the same year. This film was taken with an early Movietone sound camera. Worked on footage, pictures and sound

via YouTube

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Matt enjoys exploring the City's with his partner and son. He is an avid marathon runner, and spends most of his time eating, running, and working on cool stuff.

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