RKO Proctor's 125th Street Theatre

112-118 E. 125th Street,
New York, NY 10035

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Ed Solero
Ed Solero on February 27, 2012 at 6:16 am

Thanks, Al. Know that location well from my travels in and around the area.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on February 25, 2012 at 9:07 pm

Thank you, Ed. I understand the post now.

By the way, I also thank you for teaching me how to hyperlink!

On a personal note, I think you would ‘need’ to see this: I don’t know how to buffer it. It hurts too much.


Ed Solero
Ed Solero on February 25, 2012 at 8:39 pm

Al’s postcard image from February 21, 2010, of the RKO Proctor’s 125th Street states the location as “West of Seventh Avenue.” Actually, the vintage postcard shows the Keith’s & Proctor’s 125th Street. This may have been the opera house that iatse311 found reference to in the Museum of City of New York site he linked to on July 21, 2010.

Here’s an active version to the link WelcometoHarlem posted earlier today. The reference to the Columbus Theatre at this address is near the bottom of page 2 in the right hand column. That AKA has already been noted on this page by CT.

WelcometoHarlem on February 25, 2012 at 7:25 pm

The theater at the address was the Columbus Theater build by Oscar I in 1890. Information on it can be found http://www.npclibrary.org/db/bb_files/00-HAMILTON-THEATER.pdf

iatse311 on July 21, 2010 at 9:31 am

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references to proctors opera house 125th St. Near 8th Avenue

TLSLOEWS on April 9, 2010 at 10:54 am

Nice postcard veiw.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on February 26, 2010 at 11:27 am

This closed in late 1953 after a run of “So Big” and “The Moonlighter”.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on February 21, 2010 at 7:55 pm

The RKO Proctor’s 125th street on a postcard view here:

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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on February 19, 2010 at 6:22 pm

Does anyone know anything about the Harlem Orpheum inside the Majestic Hall building? I have found no signs of it ever showing movies nor Vaudeville but it sure looks like it should have.

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bobmarshall on July 12, 2007 at 2:55 pm

AlAlvarez—Sorry to say, no. On West 125th St. I recall the Loew’s Victoria & the Harlem (Opera House), and the Appollo.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on July 12, 2007 at 1:13 am

Bob, do you remember the Sunset?

bobmarshall on July 11, 2007 at 6:54 pm

I grew up in the neighborhood in the late 40’s & 50’s & “Procter’s” as it was referred to was a first rate & run RKO theater with two balconies & a stage. It was part of the East 125th Street theater district. Mid-50s it closed & became a church: “Lawson’s Auditorium” on a new marquee. Directly opposite the RKO, was a one-level plain auditorium called The Grand (“Air Cooled”)which got the 2nd run of the Loew’s circuit. A block East stood the Triboro, where the likes of Sophie Tucker played there nearly a century ago in Vaudeville. It later (when open) was a burlesque house, road shows of the “Passion Play,” Spanish films, Italian films & “3 features plus” grind house. A few blocks away on 2nd Ave & 124th St. was a very small single level movie house called “The Palace,” which changed its double features 4 times a week, and had the best serials on Saturday afternoons.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on May 4, 2006 at 8:22 am

My 1934 Film Daily shows the Sunset at 316 W 125th street
and the 125th street at 112 E. 125th Street.

If this was indeed the 112 site, it was previously known as the Miner’s and the Columbia before its movie days.

RobertR on April 10, 2006 at 11:49 am

ah thanks Warren

RobertR on April 10, 2006 at 8:30 am

Does anyone know what theatre Westend 125 is? I can’t find it listed on here?
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William on November 14, 2003 at 2:37 pm

The Sunset Theatre was located at 316 W. 125th Street and it seated 598 seats.

gear4 on November 24, 2001 at 7:59 pm

Could you possibly mean the Sunset Theatre off St.Nicholas Ave? For a quarter you could see a western, a comedy (ala Abbott and Costello) a cartoon and a newsreel .. lol.. Imagine?