Loyal Theatre

1493 St. Nicholas Avenue,
New York, NY 10033

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Josaphat Hardy, circa 1938, in front of the Majestic

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Now long forgotten, this cinema in upper Manhattan’s Washington Heights district is little documented except for film trade annuals, which variously listed its seating capacity as 1,000 or 1,400, and with an address of either 1493 or 1495 St. Nicholas Avenue. The original name of Majestic had been changed to Loyal by the time the theatre closed in the early 1940s.

More information about its history and the current status of the site is needed.

Contributed by Warren G. Harris

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KenRoe on September 16, 2006 at 8:24 am

The Film Daily Yearbook;1926 edition has the Majestic Theatre listed at 1493 St. Nicholas Ave, with 1,000 seats. Same details in 1930 but with a seating capacity given as 1,400. In the 1941 edition of F.D.Y. the details are the same as in 1930 apart from the name change to Loyal Theatre and it is listed as (Closed).

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 25, 2007 at 11:51 am

A 1917 certificate of occupancy shows a two story existing building with a theater and offices located on the first two floors and a roof garden with maximum occupancy of 700 people at 1495 St. Nicholas Avenue. The owner was Braddon Amusement Corp.

A 1920 certificate of occupancy shows a 1000 seat roof theater (common show) located at 1495 St. Nicholas Avenue. Building was an existing fireproof, one and two story theater.

An April 1937 certificate of occupancy shows an 815 seat motion picture theater on the first floor with a restaurant and theater office on the second floor. Address given is 1493-99 St. Nicholas Avenue.

A March 1942 certificate of occupancy shows an altered building containing a restaurant, store and bowling alleys on the first floor and one apartment on the second floor at 1493-99 St. Nicholas Avenue.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 23, 2014 at 1:14 pm

The Majestic apparently became the Loyal in 1937. The April 1 issue of Motion Picture Daily said that Springer & Cocalis would reopen the Loyal Theatre, formerly the Majestic, in Washington Heights, on April 2.

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