Warburton Theater

45 Warburton Avenue,
Yonkers, NY 10701

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Warburton Theater

The Warburton Theater is listed in the 1914-1915 edition of American Motion Picture Directory.

It is listed in the Film Daily Yearbook 1941 and 1943 editions as closed.

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Roger Katz
Roger Katz on September 5, 2009 at 4:30 am

This theatre was also apparently in the same building as the Park Hill Theatre.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 15, 2011 at 3:49 am

Here’s the opening of an article from The New York Times of August 25, 1883: “The city of Yonkers is to have a new opera house, and men are now at work on the foundation walls. It is to face on Woodworth Avenue, but will have an entrance on Warburton Avenue.” My guess would be that this was the same theater. The entrance was through an existing building, to the back of which the theater was to be connected.

Although the Times article doesn’t mention it, there are multiple sources on the Internet saying that the Yonkers Opera House (possibly its opening name) was designed by Francis Hatch Kimball and Thomas Wisedell. Best known for the long-vanished Casino Theatre, Broadway and 39th Street (1882-1930,) Kimball & Wisedell also designed the Garrick Theatre on 35th Street (1890-1932) and the Fifth Avenue Theatre, apparently the only one of the three that ever became a movie house.

The 2008 NYCLPC Landmark Designation Report for Kimball & Wisedell’s F.W. Devoe & Co. factory building has a long section about the firm (fully quoted on this Flickr page) which includes the following information: “The firm’s theatrical commissions also included Haverley’s Theatre in Chicago, the remodeling of a former church into a new home for Harrigan and Hart’s Theatre Comique, interior renovations to the Brooklyn Academy of Music, as well as opera houses in Yonkers, New York and Springfield, Massachusetts.” The firm’s first project had been the remodeling of the Madison Square Theatre in 1879.

This web page has considerable information about the Warburton Theatre, and two photos, dated 1890s and 1904, showing the Warburton Building and the theater’s blank-walled auditorium behind it.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 18, 2011 at 12:19 pm

The web page I linked to in my previous comment says that the Warburton Building was at 45 Warburton Avenue, and that it was demolished in the 1970s. The theater was just north of Philipse Manor Hall, a colonial era building that is still standing at the corner of Warburton and Dock Street.

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