Midtown history: Did you know Volker had a theater?

Photo and story courtesy Volker Neighborhood Association

Above is a 1940 tax photo of the Giles Theatre at 1714 West 39th Street. Currently, Sahara Sheesha Hookah Bar is at this address. The films on the marquee are Flying Deuces (1939) with Laurel & Hardy, Santa Fe Marshall with Hopalong Cassidy (1940) a western, and Those High Grey Walls (1939), a prison story.