2497 Seventh Avenue (now Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard),
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The Roosevelt Theatre opened in c.1920 and is located on the corner of Seventh Avenue and W. 145th Street. In the center of the facade there is a bust relief of Theodore Roosevelt.
During the 1920’s this movie theatre operated in conjunction with the Odeon Theatre located close-by on 145th Street and the Douglas Theatre on Lennox Avenue. It was at the Roosevelt Theatre that Thomas ‘Fats’ Waller won an amateur night contest playing James P. Johnson’s “Carolina Shout”.
The Roosevelt Theatre was listed in Film Daily Yearbooks for 1930-1933 and 1940-1955 as being a ‘Negro’ theatre catering to African-American audiences.
It closed in 1978, and is currently in use as a Pioneer Supermarket.
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