Incident Summary:

11/4/1982: Two members of the Jewish Defense League rolled two smoke grenades down the aisle of Carnegie Hall Cinema in Manhattan, New York, United States. This incident took place during a Soviet film festival. Only one of the devices ignited causing carpet burns and disrupting the showing of the film for thirty minutes. There were no casualties.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

New York

New York City

Location Details:

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity United States movie theatre housing a Soviet film festival
Specific Description Carnegie Hall Cinema
Nationality of Target Soviet Union
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description Soviet Film Festival in the United States
Nationality of Target Soviet Union
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Weapon Details
Two smoke grenades
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information This incident took place around 9:05 PM. The film showing at the time of the incident was "A Woman for Gavrilov," made by Pyotr Todorovsky.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Jewish Defense League (JDL) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"FBI Analysis of Terrorist Incidents in the United States 1982," Terrorist Research and Analytical Center, Terrorism Section Criminal Investigative Division, FBI, 1982.
"Smoke Bomb Disrupts Showing of Soviet Film," New York Times, November 5, 1982.