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Published on July 8, 1943.
This building is for sale. The real estate website gives the number of seats as 700.
The Arverne Pier Theatre is mentioned in newspapers that I have found as far back as 1904. At that time it was advertised as the Hurtig & Seamon’s Arverne Pier Theatre. A 1909 item in the real estate section of the NY Sun states that William Fox has leased the Arverne Pier Theatre for five years. It also stated that the theatre had 1,800 seats at that time.
A 1904 ad for Hurtig & Seamon’s Arverne Pier Theatre gives the location of the theatre as Boardwalk and Gaston Avenue. A 1914 newspaper article about the storm that destroyed the Arverne Pier Theatre gives a location of “the outer side of the Boardwalk near Gaston Avenue”. I think Gaston Avenue is now Beach 67th Street.
Tivoli Theatre 1949.
Strand Theatre 1914.
This theatre did open as the New Bijou Theatre. The old Bijou Theatre at 10166 100 Street operated from 1908 to 1912 according to this article.
Hello Mike. It’s good to be back….I think. I wasn’t gone that long. It was around 3 years, 7 months, 11 hours and 15 minutes. But who’s counting. LOL
The Arverne Pier Theatre was advertising vaudeville and moving pictures in 1912 so it could be added to Cinema Treasures. Another theatre that I found advertising in 1915 was Priestley’s Atlantic Theatre in Seaside on the Rockaway Peninsula. There are probably a number of these early theatres that were operating in the Rockaway’s that aren’t listed on CT.
A June 2, 1921 article in The Wave about the New Theatre being sold that year, states that the New Theatre was built in 1913 for the Kramer brothers (K & K Amusement Corporation).
I found another ad (in the photo section). This one is from 1923. At that time, this theatre is being advertised as the Arverne Theatre and Roof Garden. Since it had a roof garden, I agree that it must have had more than 300 seats. Early editions (1926-1930) of the Film Daily Yearbook list the Arverne Theatre with 300 seats. By 1932 there are two theatres listed for Arverne. The 1096 seat Arverne Beach Theatre and the 550 seat Boardwalk Theatre. In 1941, two theatres are still listed. The Arverne Theatre now has 1,000 seats and the Boardwalk Theatre has 1,500 seats. The 1,500 seating for the Boardwalk Theatre now includes the roof seating. The roof seating wasn’t given in 1932.
I don’t understand why the name changes in the Film Daily Yearbook from Arverne Theatre to Arverne Beach Theatre and then back to the Arverne Theatre. And why the discrepancy in the seat count? Its possible that the roof seating wasn’t being reported in the early Film Daily Yearbooks. Anyway, the theatre listed on this page should have the seating changed to 1,000.
So far, I haven’t found any information about this Arverne Theatre prior to 1922. I did find an ad for this Arverne Theatre advertising “The Birth of A Nation”, but the ad is not from 1914. It is from 1926. I uploaded the ad.
Published on September 2, 1926.
A July 23, 1942 article about the demolition of the Arverne Theatre, states that the Arverne Theatre at Beach 62nd street was built in 1922. Here is a portion of the article:
“Two well known structures in Arverne are rapidly succumbing before the blows of workmen’s sledges and will soon be only memories. They are the Arverne Theatre at Beach 62nd street and the Boulevard and the well known "Stone House” at Beach 87th street and Kelp road.
The Arverne Theatre was the first large brick structure to be erected in Arverne. It was completed early in 1922, when that section of Arverne was heavily populated.
For the past several years the theatre has been empty. Leroy Glauber of Fifth avenue, New York, spokesman for the owners, told The Wave that the building is being demolished to save the expense of further taxes".
A 1923 newspaper gives the address of this Arverne Theatre as 61-14 Boulevard. On a modern map that is most likely 61-14 Rockaway Beach Blvd.
This building will be auctioned on February 24, 2014. More information is here.
Wink Theatre circa 1956.
Published on March 21, 1913.
According to the information given at this link, the building is currently occupied by the San Augustine County Historical Society located at 110 E. Columbia Street.
The Oriel Theatre can be seen on the right side of this 1948 photo.
According to this article, the Rex Theater opened in October of 1914.
It probably is. You can link to it, but your not supposed to copy or remove it without permission. That is the reason that they only show you a thumbnail version.
Rialto Theatre circa 1921.
Published on April 18, 1928.
The 2009 comment that contained links to the 1984 American Classic photos of the Center Theater appears to have vanished. Here are new links.
A photo of the Gold Theatre is in the photo section.
Gold Theatre circa 1913 courtesy of the Brooklyn Public Library.