Loew's Mt. Vernon Theatre

30 Stevens Avenue,
Mount Vernon, NY 10550

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Loew's Mt. Vernon Theatre

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One of four large Loew’s theatres in Westchester County, the Mt. Vernon Theatre first opened in April, 1925, and survived into the 1960’s, when it was demolished to make way for a municipal parking facility.

More information is needed about its history.

Contributed by Warren G. Harris

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lgk697386 on July 24, 2006 at 8:23 pm

This was a terrific theater that I frequented as a kid in the 60s. The first movie I ever saw was in this theater: Tom Thumb. I also saw the Beatles in a Hard Day’s Night there the first day the film opened. Also, remember vividly Bye Bye Birdie.

The theater had a huge smoking lounge on the second level. Also, the lobby was enormous with two tall staircases that took you to the balcony.

I saw Jerry Lewis appear there on a theater publicity tour for The Nutty Professor.

I believe the theater closed around 1968, as did the wonderful RKO Proctor’s a block away. The latter’s building remained virtually intact up until very recently. Loews, however, was almost immediately razed for an ugly parking garage which still remains an eyesore right across the street from City Hall.

Mount Vernon lost all it charm when these two wonderful places closed.

kencmcintyre on February 3, 2007 at 1:58 am

This theater was at Park and Elm in Mount Vernon in 1933, but it is unidentified. It doesn’t appear to be one of the three listed to date. Any ideas?

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on February 3, 2007 at 12:51 pm

The 1934 Film Daily New York lists a Bunny Theatre with 600 seats in Mount Vernon. That might be it. After the fire, it could have closed forever or been renovated and re-named. The name “Bunny” (honoring early film comedian John Bunny) suggests it was probably one of the first cinemas built in Mt. Vernon, and may not have been up to modern safety standards.

mp775 on September 26, 2007 at 8:47 pm

This photo shows the Loew’s Mt. Vernon in the late 1940s.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on September 26, 2007 at 9:55 pm

I believe that the architect of the Mt. Vernon was R. Thomas Short. The exterior brick work and design are similar to that used by Short for the Prospect in Flushing, Queens, and the Bliss in Sunnyside, Queens. The Mt. Vernon and Prospect were built by Century but leased to Loew’s. Century also built the Bliss and operated it for its entire lifetime as a cinema. R.Thomas Short designed most of the larger pre-WWII Century theatres, usually working with William Rau as interior designer.

mp775 on March 25, 2008 at 2:57 pm

The link I posted on 9/26/07 no longer works; use this instead:

Loew’s Mt. Vernon, late 1940s

TLSLOEWS on February 4, 2010 at 1:48 am

Nice pitcure mp775.Never heard of this Loews before.

Tinseltoes on July 13, 2010 at 4:40 pm

The NYPL website shows an undated photo of a Mount Vernon Theatre, but I doubt if it’s the Loew’s Mount Vernon. The outside posters, however, suggest that this Mount Vernon Theatre was being used as a cinema at the time. Perhaps it is listed at CT under a subsequent name?
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lgk697386 on July 13, 2010 at 6:19 pm

Definitely not Loews…..

smayer on August 31, 2011 at 8:16 pm

I knew Loew’s very well in the 1950’s and early 1960"s. In 1952, I saw two black and white horror features in one afternoon: Frankenstein with Boris Karloff and Dracula with Bela Lugosi. When I was in junior high school, the “Bridge over the River Kwai” was playing and my boy scout troop built a replica of the bridge (lashed wood structure) and it was put atop the ticketbox. I still have the picture from the Daily Argus!

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