Jewel Theater

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

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Architects: Victor Hugo Koehler, S.S. Sugar

Previous Names: Grant Theater

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Jewel Theater

The Grant Theater opened in 1910, designed by architect S.S. Sugar. In 1913, work was carried out by architect Victor Hugo Koehler. It was renamed Jewel Theater in around 1921. The Jewel Theater is gone from listings by 1957. It became a church.

It was demolished in 2019-2020 and housing and space for a church has been built on the site.

Contributed by Ken Roe / Lost Memory

Recent comments (view all 13 comments)

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on June 6, 2007 at 8:02 am

That’s the one! Thanks, Lost. I even posted a B&W image I found of the building’s sidewall with the fire escapes on the Mt. Morris page.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on June 6, 2007 at 10:36 am

Lost Memory; Here’s what I have found….
1914-1915 American Motion Picture Directory
Empress Theatre, 104 W. 116th Street
Mecca Theatre, 261 W. 116th Street
Crown Theatre, 115 W. 116th Street

None of these made it to the 1926 Film Daily Yearbook or beyond…..

The Princess Theatre is nowhere to be seen in any listing that I have.

btw, the only other theatre I have listed in this stretch of W. 116th Street is the Loew’s 116th Street Theatre, 132 W. 116th Street which is already listed on Cinema Treasures. It is open by 1926 so maybe that killed off some of these smaller theatres.

RichErickson on June 19, 2007 at 3:12 pm

I just bought an old postcard with an ad on the back for the “Grant Theatre, 145th St. near 8th Av. High class Motion Pictures & refined vaudeville. Admission 10c, children 5c.” The front is a photo of Gilbert M. Anderson (later known as Bronco Billy). Is anything known of this theatre? Perhaps it changed names or closed & moved to 116th St? Any info. appreciated.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on January 29, 2009 at 3:50 pm

A paramount Week ad for 1920 lists the Grant Theatre at 116th Street. By the following year’s ad it it listed as the Jewel at 11 West 116th Street.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 30, 2010 at 3:16 am

The New York City building permits database has an entry for a 3-story theater at 11-13 W. 116th Street, built in 1910. The architect was S. S. Sugar.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on February 19, 2010 at 7:49 pm

Listed as open in the 1946 Film Daily Yearbook. Listed as closed in the 1947 edition.

biff33 on November 7, 2010 at 3:12 am

RichErickson (Jun 19, 2007) -
It sounds like the Odeon 145th Street Theatre (, which at one time seems to have specialized in Westerns.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on November 7, 2010 at 6:03 am

There was a theatre next to the Odeon sometimes called the Avenue, Odeon Annex, and possibly Franklin. That could have also been the Grant once.

iatse311 on December 31, 2018 at 2:43 am;sort:borough%2Cblock%2Clot%2Czip_code;lc:NYCMA~5~5&mi=31&trs=133

Tax photo 1940

jschumacher on January 2, 2022 at 10:00 am

I live on this block. The Jewel Theater building was torn down in 2019/2020. A 12-story apartment building, with space for the church on the ground floor, is nearing completion.

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