Broadway Theatre

131 Broadway,
Newburgh, NY 12550

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First opened in 1914, for many years, the Broadway Theatre was one of the two top theatres in Newburgh, dividing up all of the new releases with the Ritz Theatre, which was in the same block and also managed by United Paramount Theatres. Unlike the Ritz Theatre, the Broadway Theatre had no stage facilities and might have been a conversion of original retail space. It had a flat orchestra floor and a small balcony with better sight lines.

The Broadway Theatre was eventually destroyed in a fire on September 1, 1965, but more information is needed about its history prior to that.

Contributed by Warren G. Harris

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kencmcintyre on April 1, 2011 at 1:51 pm

Here is a 1975 article about the park that was supposed to replace the theater:

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 1, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Patricia Favata’s book says that the damage to the theater from the 1943 fire that destroyed the building next door was primarily water damage. Apparently, the fire burned so hot that the fire department had to keep pouring water on the theater’s roof to prevent it from combusting. The 1943 fire took place on January 22.

The long delay in the restoration and reopening of the theater was probably due to the wartime shortages of materials, and the difficulty in getting permits. As Newburgh was then plentifully supplied with theaters, restoring the Broadway would not have been given a high priority by the Federal officials in charge of such matters.

RickB on April 1, 2011 at 7:28 pm

Google Books has a larger version of the Life fire picture here.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 29, 2011 at 9:18 pm

The building in the photo Warren linked to on April 15, 2009, has finally been identified. In a comment on the Bon Ton Theatre page, Bob Wilson says that it was the old Armory building, at Broadway and Johnston Street. It was not a theater.

Tinseltoes on June 30, 2011 at 9:07 am

Why doesn’t Google Maps provide street views for the city of Newburgh?

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on August 9, 2011 at 8:41 am

Ad from Newburgh News, April 29, 1929, in connection with the opening of Lady of the Pavements with Lupe VĂ©lez, directed by D. W. Griffith.

Tinseltoes on August 9, 2011 at 10:18 am

Does anyone know if the Newburgh News is avaiable on microfilm and/or the internet? I would assume that the Newburgh Public Library has it, although I wouldn’t bet on that since so many libraries are under-funded these days.

Tinseltoes on April 25, 2012 at 10:29 am

Many years of advertising for the Broadway and other Newburgh theatres can be found here: google

Tinseltoes on June 17, 2012 at 1:29 pm

The Broadway Theatre’s marquee and entrance are featured in this 1938 trade ad: boxofficemagazine

Tinseltoes on August 22, 2012 at 12:26 pm

The Broadway’s previous marquee pictured at top left in this 1930 trade report: Boxoffice

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