Columbia Theatre

1324 Amsterdam Avenue,
New York, NY 10027

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 10, 2011 at 11:39 am

I think the Life photo is the Columbia in Paducah, KY.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on February 19, 2010 at 8:06 pm

According to the NYT, a man shot himself in the chest here in November 1929 which may have triggered the name change in order to escape the notoriety of the suicide.

missmelbatoast
missmelbatoast on July 24, 2009 at 10:28 am

This 1947 photo comes courtesy of LIFE …
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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 13, 2009 at 10:13 am

The Pershing Theater was operating in 1921.

NY Times November 13, 1921

MOVIE AUDIENCE IN FRIGHT.; Basement Blaze Works Up Into Theatre in Amsterdam Avenue.

Fire in the cellar under the hardware store of Louis Weschsler, 1326 Amsterdam Avenue, seeped into the Pershing Moving Picture Theatre in the same building last night and threw the audience of 500 into a fright.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 10, 2007 at 7:42 pm

A Robert-Morton theater organ was installed in the Pershing Theater in 1927.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 24, 2007 at 11:34 am

I wish my Grandparents were still with us so I could ask them about this theater. I remember my Grandfather used to play “448” for the daily lotto number because my Grandmother lived at 448 W. 125th Street in the late 1930’s when they were dating. That address was on the block between B'way and Amsterdam that was bulldozed to make way for the projects that also claimed this theater. I imagine they might have enjoyed a few dates at the Columbia.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 24, 2007 at 11:24 am

Make that Simeon D. Eisendrath.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 24, 2007 at 11:22 am

The name of the architect is Simeon B. Eisendrath. Thanks to Bryan Krefft for deciphering the name.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 24, 2007 at 10:38 am

A certificate of occupancy dated November 3, 1922 shows a motion picture theater located at 1324-1326 Amsterdam Avenue. Seating was 485 on the first floor and 113 in the balcony. The name of the architect appears to be Simeon D. Bioendrath. Its difficult to read the name.