Orient Theatre

111 W. 125th Street,
New York, NY 10027

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Orient Theatre

This Harlem movie house located on 125th Street at Lenox Avenue, was opened prior to 1915, and closed around 1952.

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on November 7, 2006 at 3:18 am

The Orient Theatre is listed in editions of Film Daily Yearbook’s from at least 1926 through to 1950, maybe a few more years beyond?.

The seating capacity is given as 600 in the early years.

jflundy on July 14, 2009 at 8:14 am

Link to image of Bill Robinson’s 1949 funeral procession on 125th Street showing Orient Theater:
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Courtesy of Warren.

jflundy on July 14, 2009 at 12:20 pm

On 1949 photo above, Warren comments: “The marquee of the Orient Theatre can be seen at right (west of Howard’s clothing store) in this 1949 photo of Bill ("Bojangle”) Robinson’s funeral procession on 125th Street in Harlem".

jflundy on July 15, 2009 at 8:04 am

Warren provided the link so others could share in the enjoyment of this fine image. Full credit to Daily News is provided when one links to photo.

jflundy on July 16, 2009 at 4:00 am

I am the one that posted the comment, not Warren, and the format was mine. I have no problem with the way Lost Memory has been posting and greatly enjoy and appreciate his efforts to share information with all of us. Let us all move forward and keep posting what pieces of information we find of interest on the subject of theater history. Thanks.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on February 11, 2010 at 7:25 pm

The Orient was already operating in 1915.

In 1952 part of the theatre was converted into a men’s wear and appliance store owned by Brooklyn Dodger Jackie Robinson.

ncmaiaro on May 31, 2013 at 9:39 pm

Apologies for my earlier error in link (post removed). There is a 1939 video from the Romano Archives shows both the Orient (at about the 50-52 second mark and perhaps the Embassy 1 at the 17 second mark). Great video quality, too. Search You Tube for “1939 New York in HD Color” by UnknownWW2InColor.

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