Weber's Theatre

1215 Broadway,
New York, NY 10001

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on April 19, 2010 at 12:08 pm

In the book Fifty Great American Silent Films 1912-1920, by Anthony Slide and Edward Wagenknecht, it states that the film Traffic in Souls, about white slave trade, opened here in 1914.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on November 25, 2006 at 9:03 am

The Weber & Fields Music Hall in NY is listed in the 1897-98 edition of the Julius Cahn’s Official Theatrical Guide. The listing shows that Weber & Fields were the Managers; the seating capacity was 731, broken down as Orchestra: 407, Balcony: 124, Gallery: 200. Admission prices ranged from 25 cents to $1. The theater had both electric and gas illumination, and it was on the ground floor. The proscenium opening was 30 feet wide by 55 feet high. The stage was only 18 ½ feet deep. There were 14 places in the orchestra pit. With such a shallow stage and fairly low seating capacity, it’s surprising that it did not become a cinema earlier.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on October 15, 2006 at 9:38 am

You’re right, Ron! That the photo in the Henderson book sure looks like the same location as that link.

Wallack’s was certainly mostly live theatre but it did show non-mainstream films also, mainly hunting and travel films sometimes accompanied by a lecture, not unlike Weber’s.

I am not sure it deserves a listing here but I am glad Henderson’s excellent book covers it.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on October 15, 2006 at 8:50 am

Al Alvarez – I just looked at your photo link above, and this is the same building as the photo in Mary Henderson’s book.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on October 15, 2006 at 8:47 am

Yes, there were 3 or 4 theatres named Wallack’s in NY. And the Anco on W. 42nd St. was one of them. There was a Wallack’s on Broadway, on the east side, at the northeast corner of W. 30th St. This was a first-class legit house with both straight plays and musicals. It was located one block north of Weber’s Theatre, on the opposite side of Bway. There is a photo of it, plus some info, in Mary Henderson’s book “The City and the Theatre”. It was opened by Lester Wallack in 1882, was later operated as Palmer’s Theatre, before the original name was restored, and was razed in or after 1915. No mention if it was ever on movies.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on October 15, 2006 at 1:15 am

Thanks Bryan. There were several Wallack’s locations over the years but the one I am enquiring about was located near Weber’s or was the same location as I cannot find an overlap.

It suspect that the promoter may have renamed the theatre when they leased it and then it reverted back to its old name like many Manhattan nightclub venues still do today.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on October 11, 2006 at 1:36 pm

Here is a photo of the Wallack’s on 30th I am enquiring about.

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AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on October 11, 2006 at 6:25 am

Does anyone know if this was also known as Wallack’s showing movies in 1915?

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 25, 2006 at 6:46 am

Located on Broadway between W. 29th and W. 30th Street’s, this originally opened as the Imperial Music Hall and had an entrance on W. 29th Street. Later the entrance was moved to Broadway, next to the adjacent Daly’s Theatre and it was leased to the comedy team Weber & Field in 1896.

Re-named Weber & Field’s Broadway Music Hall, it continued as one of New York’s most popular theatres until the break-up of the partnership in 1906. Then, under the sole management of Joe Weber it became Weber’s Theatre.

It went over to screening movies from 1912 until 1917 when it was demolished and an office block was errected on the site.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 24, 2006 at 2:06 am

OOOPS sorry, here is that link again:
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 24, 2006 at 2:04 am

A 1913 photograph of Weber’s Theatre screening “The Climax” and the adjacent Daly’s Theatre on live shows:
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on April 14, 2006 at 11:14 am

Listed in the American Motion Picture Directory 1914-1915 edition as Weber’s Theatre, 1215 Broadway.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on April 14, 2006 at 9:20 am

Is this Weber & Fields Imperial Music Hall? It was on the west side of Broadway just above W. 29th Street and was a small house built in 1892 and taken over by W. & F. in 1896. The entrance was originally on 29th, but a new entrance was created on Bway in 1896. It later was known as Weber’s Theatre (after W. & F. split up). It became a film house in 1912 and was razed in 1917. This info is from the Mary C. Henderson 1973 book “The City and the Theatre”. I believe that it seated well under 1000.