Tremont Theatre

1942 Webster Avenue,
Bronx, NY 10457

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Tremont Theatre, Bronx NY

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The Tremont was one of the earliest purpose-built cinemas in the Bronx, opening around 1910 and closing about 1960. During a half-century of operation, it was also known as the Tremont Yiddish Theatre and Cinema Tremont, according to historian Michael Miller’s list of Bronx theatres. More information about the Tremont’s history and the current status of the site is needed. In 2002, it was reported to be converted into retail space.

Contributed by Warren G. Harris

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 22, 2008 at 2:51 am

I can’t access the 7/8/07 vintage photo, so this may be a duplicate. It’s circa 1910;
http://tinyurl.com/2ywy5a

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on February 23, 2008 at 3:17 am

Lost Memory-Is it possible to get those Charlie Kraybill photos back?

A Mighty WurliTzer Theater Pipe Organ, Opus 10, a 2 Manual/7 Rank was shipped to this theater in 1912. Records show it was reposessed, went to the WurliTizer Store in New York, New York, then to the WurliTzer Store in Chicago, Illinois and finally to the Montclair Theater in Cincinnati, Ohio. This all happened in 1912! It is not known what happened to the organ after that, if you happen to know, please email us!

“Gee Dad, it "WAS” a WurliTzer!"

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on February 23, 2008 at 5:24 am

Thanks

“And now you know, The Rest of the Story!” Paul Harvey

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on February 27, 2008 at 2:06 pm

Ah, but now, more to the story!
Another Mighty WutliTzer Theater Pipe Organ. Opus 15, another 2 Manual/7 Rank was shipped to this theater on December 30, 1912. It is not known what happened to that organ!
More to the story!
A Page Pipe Organ was shipped to the theater in 1927 and it is not known what happened to that organ!
If you know what happened to either of these organs, please email us!

“Gee Dad, it "WAS” a WurliTzer/Page!"

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on March 1, 2008 at 3:55 am

I have also seen this theater listed as MOSS’S TREMONT AVENUE and also the HAMILTON THEATER
This theater was named the Tremont because it was at East Tremont Avenue and Webster Avenue.

A Moller Pipe Organ, Opus 2952, a 3 Manual/17 Rank was installed in 1921, which cost $8,000.00. This would have been installed in between the WurliTzer and Page Organs mentioned above. It is not know what happened to this organ. If you know what happened to any of these organs, please email us!

“Gee Dad, it "WAS” a Moller!"

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 19, 2008 at 10:39 pm

Here’s a photo from the NYPL. You can zoom in for a better look. No date was given.
http://tinyurl.com/5t9qgt

I had some trouble matching this building on Google due to the address. The building that corresponds to the vintage photos would be at 1938 Webster. 1940 is a rental hall on the corner of Webster and 178th. The two buildings bracketing the Tremont appear to be the same in all the photos. However, the Park Overlook Hotel is also listed at 1938 Webster. The hotel appears to be the building on the theater’s left in the photos. Confusion abounds.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 19, 2008 at 10:59 pm

1940 is the last building on the block, currently. None of the photos show the theater as a corner building. I don’t think the theater was ever at 1942.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 19, 2008 at 11:16 pm

That’s what I thought.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 19, 2008 at 11:35 pm

The green awning says “Cinelli’s Building”. I think the hotel is next door.

drumpointer
drumpointer on April 12, 2013 at 8:32 pm

I was born in 1950 in the Bronx and lived in this neighborhood until I was 21. I only knew this theater as an Italian language cinema.I saw many Italian language films at the Tremont including La Ciociara, which later became Two Women (with Sophia Loren). They showed mostly older Italian films from after WWII. They even printed flyers announcing upcoming films that I still have (I think). The Tremont was in operation when I started taking Italian in junior high school in 1963. I can’t say for sure when the last film was I saw there but I would say it was still showing films through the mid 1960’s, but probably no later.

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