116th Street Theatre

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

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Movieplace on February 8, 2013 at 1:46 pm

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.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on March 2, 2012 at 3:48 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 March 2, 2012 at 9:51 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.

AGRoura on September 2, 2010 at 6:39 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.

TLSLOEWS on September 2, 2010 at 5:33 pm

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

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on February 1, 2009 at 11:44 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.

jflundy on October 4, 2008 at 4:13 pm

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

hanksykes on October 3, 2006 at 4:27 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.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 8, 2006 at 2:29 am

The exterior (rebuilt facade and entrance) photographed in July 2003. The brick mass of the auditorium block can be seen at the rear:

Movieplace on August 20, 2004 at 6:50 pm


there is a theatre on 5th Avenue and 116th street. Is this the theatre you are refering to?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 15, 2004 at 5:30 pm

This theatre was open from 1933 to 1968. A previous theatre at this location dates back to 1919 with the same name.

philipgoldberg on May 12, 2004 at 7:10 pm

Storefronts are now to be found on the site of the old COSMO.

dickdziadzio on May 7, 2004 at 8:06 am

There was a Theatre on the south side of 116th st.
called the COSMO around 3rd Ave. This is a busy retail store
area and the theatre is probably still there.

br91975 on May 6, 2004 at 9:44 pm

There used to be a movie theatre at 3rd and 116th – the one film I recall, per a studio-placed ad which ran in the Times, was 1988’s ‘Salsa’; does anyone remember its name or know of its history?

Orlando on May 6, 2004 at 7:54 pm

What avenues was theatre situated between? I saw a theatre building about four years ago from 116th Street but the 116th entrance wasn’t evident. A possible entrance on the uptown side exterior of the large building could have been in use as the new entrance.

William on November 14, 2003 at 4:35 pm

This thetare was operated by Loew’s Theatres