Regun Theater

60 West 116th Street,
New York, NY 10026

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AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on January 29, 2009 at 4:53 pm

The Regun appears in a December 1922 ad for TESS OF THE STORM COUNTRY so it was no longer the Imperial by then.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on December 26, 2008 at 7:38 pm

Love those mnemonic devices they used for phone exchanges years ago. That sort of charm has been lost to antiquity. Thanks ken mc. Might not be necessary, but a fun tidbit nonetheless. Warren, please re-post a new link to the photo you originally posted on Feb 8th.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on November 27, 2008 at 7:50 am

Curious to know why that information is considered necessary, especially the phone number. Have you tried calling it? If so, what answer did you get?

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 26, 2008 at 4:25 pm

Listed in the 1960 Manhattan yellow pages. Phone number was Enrght 9-9878.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on February 8, 2008 at 8:26 am

A rare view of the Regun Theatre’s marquee can be found in the background of this photo copied from a 1930 trade journal. “White Cargo” was a British import based on the 1923 stage hit about a jungle seductress named “Tondeleyo.” Hedy Lamarr would later play the role in MGM’s 1942 version of “White Cargo,” which might also have played at the Regun Theatre, but I can’t say for sure. www.i8.photobucket.com/albums/a18/Warrengwhiz/nycregun.jpg

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 11, 2007 at 6:41 pm

It could be Loews Broadway, but I have no way to check. You may be right on the porn theater. It could be a new aka for some older house in Brooklyn. Probably not one of the storefront porno places if it was part of a chain.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 11, 2007 at 10:25 am

It’s a team effort.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 11, 2007 at 10:11 am

I added the Sunset at the 125th Street address.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 11, 2007 at 9:51 am

Sure thing, Rodney. “I told my wife I wanted her to talk to me during sex. She said OK. Next night, she called me from a motel”. Ba dum bum.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 11, 2007 at 9:27 am

Thanks. I see that you mentioned the San Juan aka back in April 2005, but it wasn’t added as an aka. You also mentioned the Beverly Hills as an aka for the Audubon.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 11, 2007 at 9:06 am

It seems like we have an exhaustive list of theaters in NYC and Brooklyn. However, I looked for the other four theaters in the Harris chain on CT and didn’t see any of them under their current or former names. I saw a Sunset Theater in Brooklyn but not NYC. There was also the Loew’s Broadway in NYC, but I wasn’t sure if that was the one that Harris was running in 1967. I’m not familiar with NY theaters, so if someone could fill me in I would appreciate it.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on September 11, 2007 at 7:08 am

It explains who ran the Regun Theatre at the time, and also shows that it was related to other cinemas in the Greater New York area.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 10, 2007 at 6:41 pm

My 1967 FDY has the following listing:

Harris Theaters (Agent)
251 W. 86th Street, NYC
Harry A. Harris, General Manager

Theaters (5): New York – Regun, San Juan, Sunset. Brooklyn – Amor, Broadway. If this is accurate, the Regun was still open as late as 1967.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on June 12, 2007 at 9:49 am

Hilarious, Lost. Thanks for the laugh!

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on June 10, 2007 at 7:43 am

“Lost Memory,” you seem to have missed a very funny story about the Regun Theatre published in The New York Times on July 12, 1923 (with a follow-up on July 13). The owner of an adjacent apartment building threatened legal action against tenants who were congregating on the roof and bringing friends (as many as 200 at a time!) to watch the movies being shown at the Regun’s open-air venue.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on June 5, 2007 at 3:51 pm

Sorry, here is the correct link to the above:
http://flickr.com/photos/kencta/532355979/

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on June 5, 2007 at 3:48 pm

A photograph I took of the former (much altered) Regun Theatre building in July 2003:
http://flckr.com/photos/kencta/532355979/

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on June 5, 2007 at 6:48 am

The 1914-1915 edition of American Motion Picture Directory has a Grant Theatre, 11 W. 116th Street. The 1926 edition of Film Daily Yearbook has the 800 seat Jewel Theatre listed at #11. By 1930 the seating capacity is listed as 751 and by 1941 seating is listed as 700. Then back up to 751 seats between 1943 and 1950. The Jewel Theatre has gone from listings by 1957.

Nothing is listed for 9 W. 116th Street so the ‘Grand’ you found must be the ‘Grant’ of 1914-1915 vintage (although that could be a mis-print).

Incidently, checking the 1914-1915 A.M.P.D. more closely I notice that the Imperial Theatre is also listed as the Regan Theatre(their spelling) at this same address, so that must have been the period of name change.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on June 5, 2007 at 5:15 am

The building located at 60-62 West 116th Street that houses the Regun Theater still stands today – albeit completely gutted and altered for retail space – and is listed with a build-date of 1913.

Here is a local.live.com view of the block, looking towards the north side of the street. The building is on the south side just to the left of that structure with the rainbow colored roof. You can’t really get a good image of the 116th Street facade because the mid-rise apartment building across the street blocks the view.

The NYC Buildings Dept site has a C of O issued July 25, 1917, that lists an “existing theater” on the 1st floor and mezzanine and a “roof garden” with occupancy not to exceed 950 persons “at one time in the entire building.” The building’s owners are listed as Jacob Feuchtwanger and Jesse Ehrich of 31 Liberty Street.

There are numerous alterations noted (but not available for view) throughout the 1910’s and into the 1940’s as well as a number of “unsafe building” reports over the decades. The next available C of O is from 1986 for a Retail Store on the 1st floor with an accessory office in the mezzanine. In 1998, the retail store was carved up into three commercial units – it seems multiplexing caught up with the Regun after all those years anyway! The building today cuts all the way through the block, with frontage on 115th Street. Not sure if that’s the original configuration or if the building was extended over time. That sure would have made for a long and narrow auditorium!

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on June 4, 2007 at 9:51 pm

The Imperial Theater is listed as operating in the 1914-1915 edition of American Motion Picture Directory. By the time the 1926 edition of Film Daily Yearbook was published it had been re-named Regun Theater, with a seating capacity given as 1,000.

Still listed as open in 1950 (with 867 seats), it has gone from listings in 1957.