Save the Playpen Theater! sign now

To: Mr. Daniel R. Tishman, Chairman and CEO, Tishman Construction Corp.
The Hon. Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor of the City of New York
The Hon. Christine C. Quinn, Speaker, NYC Council (District 3)
The Hon. Scott M. Stringer, Manhattan Borough President
The Hon. Jessica S. Lappin, NYC Council Member (District 5); Chair, Land Use Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting and Maritime Use
The Hon. Amanda M. Burden, Chair, New York City Planning Commission
The Hon. Robert B. Tierney, Chairman, NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission
Mr. Jean-Daniel Noland, Chair, Community Board 4 (CB4)

Dear Mr. Tishman & Elected Officials,

We, the undersigned, recognize the history of the Playpen Theater, which has stood at 693 8th Avenue at 44th Street, New York City, for over 91 years. Operating under the names of the Ideal, Esquire, Squire, Cinecitta, New Cameo, Cameo, Adonis, and the Playpen, this theater has survived over 9 decades of the City's development.

Built in the Beaux-Arts style in 1916 by S. Eisendrath & B. Horowitz, the same architects of Brooklyn's landmarked Congregation Beth Elohim synagogue, the architecture of this structure should be preserved for future generations.

We recognize that the theater was a neighborhood theater from 1916 until the 1930s, when it became a leading "arthouse" and foreign film cinema for over 40 years. Thus this building is a vibrant thread in the fabric of our City's cultural history.

Thus, to lose the Playpen Theater would be a tragic misfortune for the citizens of the City of New York.

We call upon you, Mr. Tishman, to save the theater from demolition.

We call upon you, New York City officials and the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission, to save the theater, to "list" it under the Special Theater Subdistrict zoning laws, and to protect the Playpen Theater as a New York City landmark as soon as possible.

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Latest Signatures

  • 06 December 2015150. Robert R
    Cant the theatre be built around so some Times Square history remains?
  • 13 October 2015149. Alfonso B
    This important fixture of the community should be preserved for future generations. Thank you for your consideration.
  • 07 October 2015148. Sandra F
    I support this petition
  • 14 September 2015147. Rachel B
    I support this petition
  • 03 September 2015146. Jessica B
    I support this petition
  • 01 September 2015145. Jere W
    Should be restored and put back to use as a playhouse
  • 17 August 2015144. Rima F
    Please don't let yet another important part of our past vanish before our eyes!
  • 28 July 2015143. Alexandra M
    Its a historical place. Please save NYC's rich history. Thank you.
  • 04 July 2015142. Deborah C
    I support this petition
  • 27 June 2015141. Martin O
    I support this petition
  • 29 April 2015140. Agnieszka M
    I support this petition
  • 08 April 2015139. George S
    I support this petition
  • 01 January 2015138. Jeffrey As
    I support this petition
  • 11 December 2014137. Peter M
    Please save this incredible landmark.
  • 28 November 2014136. Katharine Ml
    I support this petition
  • 07 November 2014135. Martha R
    Don't let progress stand in the way of preservation! There must be a way to solve the problem and satisfy both new development and landmark restoration!
  • 21 October 2014134. Samantha K
    Movie history is still history, and has shaped this nation as much as political history has. Save a piece of it!
  • 23 September 2014133. Mary Ruthg
    Haven't we lost enough theaters?
  • 10 September 2014132. James Ks
    Please preserve this landmark theatre that means so much to so many in order for future generations to be able to enjoy it.
  • 19 August 2014131. Julie J
    I support this petition
  • 04 July 2014130. Kenneth B
    I support this petition
  • 28 May 2014129. Joe G
    Historic, and cultural places are essential for our understanding of the past. Please help us preserve this.
  • 18 May 2014128. Cheshire Ef
    I support this petition
  • 09 May 2014127. Kristen V
    I support this petition
  • 26 April 2014126. James S
    save new yorks soul
  • 01 April 2014125. Lawrence Blochandbarryf
    I support this petition
  • 30 March 2014124. Eric D
    I support this petition

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