Triangle Theatre

2000 Commerce Street,
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 23, 2012 at 3:07 pm

I got the name Ron Lesser Enterprises from the description of the CT page for the Beach Theatre in Peekskill. The caption of this photo of the Beach in Boxoffice, January 15, 1968, just says it was opened by Lesser Enterprises.

In any case, it’s possible that the Ronnie Lesser who was associated with Howard Lesser and Edmund Linder in the Lesser Enterprises theater chain in the 1960s (see the Boxoffice item linked in the earlier comment by Tinseltoes) was not the same Ron Lesser who, in 1974, founded the booking agency Lesser Theatre Services, but there is plenty of documentation that someone named Ron Lesser was developing and operating theaters in the state of New York in the 1960s, and the Triangle was one of his houses.

I think it’s likely that Ron the operator and Ron the booker were one and the same, though. Had Ron Lesser the booker never been a theater operator it seems unlikely that he would have become President of the Independent Theater Owners Association (ITOA) or served on the Board of Directors for National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), as noted in his brief biography on the web site of Andromeda Studios.

I’m not sure what the relationship between Howard and Ron Lesser was. They might have been father and son or they might have been brothers. A Howard Lesser was operating theaters around New York in partnership with Louis Kessler at least as early as 1928, but there could have been a Howard Lesser Jr. as well, and of course the operator from the 1920s might have been an entirely different Howard Lesser. Lesser is not that uncommon a name, especially in the movie business.

fred1
fred1 on July 23, 2012 at 11:50 am

To Joe Vogel: Lesser was a booking agent for the independant theater owners in the NYC area. They don’t own any theaters .

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 23, 2012 at 9:55 am

Described in this 1965 trade article: Boxoffice

BobJ0001
BobJ0001 on July 22, 2012 at 5:34 am

I vaguely remember this theater, but I had to submit it, because my father used to take me here to see movies when I was very young. We continued to go to the theatre by the Beach Shopping Center (on Dayton Lane) after it closed. I do remember that it was where the CVS Pharmacy is today, either that whole row of shops or most of them.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 19, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Given the location in the Triangle Shopping Center, the Triangle Theatre might have been one of the shopping center houses developed by Ron Lesser Enterprises in the 1960s.

The guide to the John and Drew Eberson papers at the Wolfsonian Institute lists a Yorktown Heights Theatre for a client named Lesser as a 1965 design by Drew Eberson. If there were no other theaters built in Yorktown Heights around that time, it must have been the Triangle that was listed.