71 West Burnside Avenue,
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The Pantheon opened on September 7, 1923, and was Brooklyn circuit owner Herman Weingarten’s first theatre in the Bronx. A sibling of Weingarten’s Parthenon Theatre in Ridgewood, the Pantheon was deluxe on all counts, and had a stadium-style auditorium. Its walls were covered with tapestry silk in silver and gold. Both the lobby and lounge area had trickling fountains with changing color effects. The Pantheon’s resident orchestra was augmented by an 11/6 “Style 170 Special” Wurlitzer organ, op. 684. Presenting movies only, the Pantheon prospered during the silent era, but developed acoustical problems when “talkies” arrived.
Its proximity to two better-equipped theatres, the Avalon and especially Loew’s Burnside, together with the arrival of the Depression, sealed its doom. The Pantheon closed in 1935, never to re-open as a theatre. After WWII, the building was converted into a school annex. More information is needed about the current status of the site.
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