Jewel Theater

11 West 116th Street,
New York, NY 10026

Unfavorite No one has favorited this theater yet

Showing 17 comments

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.

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 February 19, 2010 at 7:49 pm

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

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 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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 9:52 am

I found more theaters mentioned for this area of Manhattan. I’m not sure if these theaters are here under other names or how accurate this information is. I read that there were at least six theaters in the vicinity of 116th street between Third ave and Eighth ave. Besides the Regun and the Jewel, the names given are Empress, Mecca, Princess and the Crown Theater. Unfortunately no addresses are given. Put your thinking caps on guys. :)

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on June 6, 2007 at 8:02 am

That’s the one! Thanks, Lost. I even posted a B&W image I found of the building’s sidewall with the fire escapes on the Mt. Morris page.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 6, 2007 at 7:37 am

This building looks more like a former theater than the Regun Theater/fish market building does. I’d like to see a photo of this building as a movie theater.

Ed….The Mt. Morris Theater was on Fifth avenue and east 116th street. Maybe thats the one your thinking of.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on June 6, 2007 at 7:20 am

No, wait. That is not the Regent Theater on Fifth Avenue. The Regent building is on Seventh Avenue. I can’t recall the name of this theater, but I know Ken Roe once told me what it was when I inquired elsewhere on this site having just recently passed by in my car. Perhaps he would be so kind as to identify it once again for me.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on June 6, 2007 at 7:08 am

Here’s an aerial view of the former Jewel Theater. With empty lots on either side, the theater building has managed to elude the wrecker’s ball over the years. The former Regun Theater is just down the block to the left and across the street (out of view in this image) and I believe that’s the historic Regent Theater builfing (with the two fire escapes) on the corner of 116th and Fifth Avenue just out of frame on the right. You might have to scroll a bit to the right depending on how large the window opens on your monitor.

In any event, residents in this part of Harlem had their fair share of moviegoing choices back in the early half of the 20th Century, eh?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 5, 2007 at 6:03 pm

A c/o dated June 7, 1956 shows a church located at 11 West 116th Street. It was an altered building. This building has/had a balcony and roof garden. The 1956 c/o states that the roof garden “To remain permanently vacant”. A current real estate search of this address shows a church still located here. The name of the current church is the “Second Providence Baptist Church”.

A May 1996 document shows St. Joseph’s African Orthodox Church transferring this property to the Second Providence Baptist Church. What I found interesting is the following: Party of the second part (Second Providence Baptist Church) agrees for a period of twenty five years, neither it or its successor shall use or permit the use of the premises as a theater for the presentation of television performance, motion pictures (either in English or in any foreign language), vaudeville, or any other form of entertainment nor as a television studio.

The Jewel Theater probably closed in the early 1950s. You can forget any ideas of converting this building back to a movie theater until at least the year 2021.