Jewel Theater

11 West 116th Street,
New York, NY 10026

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Jewel Theater

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The Grant Theater opened in 1910, designed by architect S.S. Sugar.. In 1913, work was carried out by architect Victor Hugo Koehler. It was renamed Jewel Theater in around 1921. The Jewel Theater is gone from listings by 1957.

Contributed by Ken Roe / Lost Memory

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KenRoe on June 6, 2007 at 10:36 am

Lost Memory; Here’s what I have found….
1914-1915 American Motion Picture Directory
Empress Theatre, 104 W. 116th Street
Mecca Theatre, 261 W. 116th Street
Crown Theatre, 115 W. 116th Street

None of these made it to the 1926 Film Daily Yearbook or beyond…..

The Princess Theatre is nowhere to be seen in any listing that I have.

btw, the only other theatre I have listed in this stretch of W. 116th Street is the Loew’s 116th Street Theatre, 132 W. 116th Street which is already listed on Cinema Treasures. It is open by 1926 so maybe that killed off some of these smaller theatres.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 6, 2007 at 12:01 pm

Thanks Ken. The Empress Theater appears to be the easier of the three to find information on. I’ll add all three of these theaters. We can always fill in the blanks later.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 6, 2007 at 12:24 pm

Harlem Theatre Resold.

NY Times January 24, 1920

The Grand Theatre at 9 West 116th Street was resold yesterday to Friedman Brothers by Joseph Seiden and Morris Goldman, who bought it about a month ago. The Friedmans will make extensive improvements. L. Krieger was the broker in the sale and resale.

The NY Times gives the name of this theater as the Grand Theater in 1920. The address that they give is incorrect so I assume they also spelled the name wrong. Its possible that the name was changed to the Jewel Theater after the sale.

THEATRE GROUP FREE ON LOTTERY CHARGE; Six Cleared Because Grand Jury Refused to Indict

NY Times March 22, 1939

Because the New York County grand jury had refused to return an indictment under the lottery law six persons, including the manager, were freed yesterday on a charge that they operated a “numbers” game in the Jewel Theatre, at 11 West 116th Street, last September.

RichErickson on June 19, 2007 at 3:12 pm

I just bought an old postcard with an ad on the back for the “Grant Theatre, 145th St. near 8th Av. High class Motion Pictures & refined vaudeville. Admission 10c, children 5c.” The front is a photo of Gilbert M. Anderson (later known as Bronco Billy). Is anything known of this theatre? Perhaps it changed names or closed & moved to 116th St? Any info. appreciated.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 27, 2007 at 12:54 pm

A Kimball theater organ was installed in the Jewel (Grant) Theater in 1922.

AlAlvarez on January 29, 2009 at 3:50 pm

A paramount Week ad for 1920 lists the Grant Theatre at 116th Street. By the following year’s ad it it listed as the Jewel at 11 West 116th Street.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 30, 2010 at 3:16 am

The New York City building permits database has an entry for a 3-story theater at 11-13 W. 116th Street, built in 1910. The architect was S. S. Sugar.

AlAlvarez on February 19, 2010 at 7:49 pm

Listed as open in the 1946 Film Daily Yearbook. Listed as closed in the 1947 edition.

biff33 on November 7, 2010 at 3:12 am

RichErickson (Jun 19, 2007) -
It sounds like the Odeon 145th Street Theatre (, which at one time seems to have specialized in Westerns.

AlAlvarez on November 7, 2010 at 6:03 am

There was a theatre next to the Odeon sometimes called the Avenue, Odeon Annex, and possibly Franklin. That could have also been the Grant once.

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