116th Street Theatre

132 W. 116th Street,
New York, NY 10026

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Previously operated by: Loew's Inc.

Functions: Church

Previous Names: Loew's 116th Street Theatre

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Loew's 116th Street

Loew’s 116th Street Theatre was opened prior to 1926.

Contributed by William Gabel

Recent comments (view all 18 comments)

hanksykes on October 3, 2006 at 2:27 pm

Does anyone know any thing about Harry Hart who ran a small string of vaudeville theaters on the east coat and in the midwest with his office located in NYC during the 1909 to 1934 era? Where might I look to find his obit, as Variety and Billboard were not of any help in this search? Mr. Hart was aligned with the Gus Sun Curcuit and used that organization to book his theatrical acts.

jflundy on October 4, 2008 at 2:13 pm

This theater was operated by Loew’s from at least 1919 to 1932. In 1922 it is listed as seating 1890 people

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on February 1, 2009 at 9:44 am

There are two theatres with the same name at the same location. One operated from 1919 to 1932. The other from 1933 to 1963.

TLSLOEWS on September 2, 2010 at 3:33 pm

Another former Loews to add to my list.Too bad no vintage photos.

AGRoura on September 2, 2010 at 4:39 pm

I moved to NYC in 1970 and if I remember correctly, there was a Cosmo Theater between 3rd and Lexington on 116th Street, but I don’t remember if it was open and showing movies at the time.

Movieplace on March 2, 2012 at 7:51 am

I just added a new photo in the photo section for this theater. The marquee names the the theater “Loew’s 116th” and the photo has to be from 1957 or 1958. It is summer and the pictures playing there … well the titles speak for themselves but they date this photo. “Hit and Run” dates from 1957 and starred Vince Edwards (aka Dr. Ben Casey). Also in the picture was Julie Mitchum, Robert’s sister. She introduced her younger brother to acting by getting him onstage at the Long Beach Playhouse. “Delinquents” is also from 1957. This picture, budgeted at $65,000 grossed over $1,000,000. Shot on location in Kansas City, Mo. (I wonder if the Loew’s Midland appears somewhere in this picture), it was directed by Robert Altman.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on March 2, 2012 at 1:48 pm

Nice photo, Movieplace. I wonder if that gothic-looking stone and glass work above the marquee is still there, under the church’s signage?

Movieplace on February 8, 2013 at 11:46 am

Ed, sorry it took nearly a year to answer you. The 116th street entrance was totally altered at some point. I think that KenRoe’s May 8th 2006 post has a link to his picture of the new 116th street entrance. As always, the larger part of the structure is on the cheaper land, in this case 115th street. I am dying to get in there as I would not be surprised if the the interior has a great deal of original detail.

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