East Village Building Blocks

66 Second Avenue | Block : 445 | Lot #7

  • Building Date : 1926-27
  • Original Use : Theater
  • Original Owner : The Oltarsh Building Company, Inc.
  • Original Architect : David M. Oltarsh & H. Craig Severance

Description & Building Alterations

The Classical Revival building was opened in 1927 as the Public Theatre, showing Yiddish-language productions. It was once known as Antillas Theatre, screening primarily Spanish-language movies. Phyllis Theatre occupied the building in the 1950s and 60s, featuring Off Broadway shows as well as Yiddish-language productions. Later in the 1970s and 80s it was used to hold rock and punk concerts. It was also called the Anderson Theater.

There is a 1993-97 two-story addition set back from the original facade. The facade also features terra cotta beltcourses, rosettes, and a cartouche.

Block : 445 / Lot : 007 / Building Date : 1926-27 / Original Owner : The Oltarsh Building Company, Inc. / Original Use : Theater / Original Architect : David M. Oltarsh & H. Craig Severance

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