West End Theatre

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

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West End Theatre

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In 1974 the West End appeared to be an action and horror double feature house.

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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on January 23, 2006 at 6:19 am

The West End when it first opened in 1902 under Weber & Fields management:
www.i8.photobucket.com/albums/a18/Warrengwhiz/westend2.jpg

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on May 10, 2006 at 10:24 am

I have been searching for a theatre called the Palace St Nicholas which was showing movies in 1918. I finally found something about it in a 1903 NY Times article.

It was to be built as a playhouse adjoining the West End Theatre property on St. Nicholas Avenue and Hamilton Place. It ran boxing and plays as well as movies and also had an Annex (roof?).

It was built by a sindicate of theatrical and business men and has a frontage of 188 feet on St. Nicholas and 100 feet 11 inches on Hamilton (125th St?).

Louise M. Goldstein (Murray Hill Lyceum), Charles Bimberg, and Archibald Bimberg composed the syndicate who expect the building to be ready by February 1904.

The building style will be free Renaissance and the material Roman buff brick, limestone and terra cotta with a seating capcaity of 1800.

Is this the LAGREE BAPTIST CHURCH?

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 10, 2006 at 10:53 am

Al; The West End Theatre is now the Lagree Baptist Church. The West End Theatre is located in the middle of the block and only has a frontage on 125th Street. The building you are searching for would have been built to the left of the West End Theatre. In the photo posted by Warren on 20th November 2005 there is a building next to the West End, which is still there today (just seen in my photo posted 8th May 2006). To me that looks too low a building to be a 1,800 seat theatre on a single floor. But I could be wong…..I will try and check out the next door building when I am in NYC in a couple of weeks time and see what lays behind and whether the facade goes around the corner to St. Nicholas Avenue.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 10, 2006 at 11:00 am

I’ve seen literature on such a theatre in “free Renaissance” style at the Performing Arts Library in Lincoln Center, NYC. There was a prospectous with several drawings of it, but no actual photographs. It was supposed to be called the West End, but I don’t think that it was ever built, and the name was later used for this theatre on West 125th Street. I made some notes. If I can find them, I will post further.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 11, 2006 at 4:08 am

In 1937, the West End was treated to a $150,000 renovation, and re-opened in November with a stage and film policy. The management couldn’t afford the “big names” that performed at the rival Apollo Theatre, so the emphasis was on scantily-dressed chorus girls and what Variety described as “smutty Negro comedians.” The movies were late-run, after they’d finished their tours of the RKO and Loew’s circuits. In about a year, the West End returned to and remained a cinema with late-run double bills changing several times a week.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 17, 2006 at 4:41 am

I apologize for any confusion that I might have caused by mentioning another West End Theatre in Harlem. A picture and more details about that other West End can be found under the listing for Loew’s Seventh Avenue, which occupied the same ground site that had been intended for it on the NE corner of Seventh Avenue & 124th Street.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 16, 2007 at 6:59 am

Fight in the theater in 1906, from the LA Times:
http://tinyurl.com/2bqoh9

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on February 28, 2010 at 6:42 pm

The West End appears in a Paramount Week ad in 1921. It was already open in 1903 when the Sunset was being constructed next door.

In the 1934 Film Daily Yearbook the West End is listed as closed with 1672 seats. In the 1937 edition a De Luxe theatre at this address is open with 1672 seats, so it must be a name change that went along with renovation and re-opening. By 1941 it was the West End again.

It stopped showing films in 1975.

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