Harlem Opera House

211 W. 125th Street,
New York, NY 10027

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iatse311 on March 3, 2011 at 11:02 am

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the marquee of the bowling alley after conversion

iatse311 on July 21, 2010 at 9:35 am

search harlem…proctor’s 125th, and harlem opera house among others…

spectrum on May 28, 2010 at 8:36 am

ccording to the Google Maps, the Harlem Opera House’s address is a little bit down to the east from where the Apollo and Victoria are located. There is no sign of the building now- a modern building is on the site. The Apollo and Victoria are right next door to each other; in fact, the Apollo’s auditorium goes off to the right from the lobby, and the Victoria’s goes to the left, so the back of their respective stage houses are butting up against each other.

AlAlvarez on March 11, 2010 at 2:54 pm

Still listed as open in the 1959 Film Daily Yearbook and operated by Leo Brecher.

AlAlvarez on February 12, 2010 at 11:39 am

Still listed as open in the 1953 Film Daily Yearbook.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on March 30, 2009 at 1:43 pm

Here’s a 1949 image, with signage for Loew’s Victoria and the Apollo in the background:
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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 4, 2009 at 5:10 pm

A Moller organ opus 1815 was installed in the Harlem Opera House in 1914 at a cost of $10,000.00.

chinkel on January 8, 2009 at 11:43 pm

My late grandfather, Harry Hinkel, grew up in a living area behind the old Harlem Opera House, sometime between 1904 (his birth year) and the 1920’s when he left New York. His mother ran a boarding house in the space, and his father was the opera house electrician. I have no evidence or photos of anything to back this up, only stories from my grandfather. It would be great to learn more about this! Thanks!

jflundy on October 4, 2008 at 2:48 pm

The 1930 Red Book Guide for Manhattan and the Bronx list the Harlem Opera as a Loew’s house.

In 1922, the Victoria is listed at 233 W.125th Street, seating 2463. Hurtig & Seamens New Theater seating 1863 is listed on W.125th near 8th Avenue.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 5, 2008 at 10:46 am

Here’s a new link to an image described above on 7/31/05:
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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 5, 2008 at 9:19 am

This might be the same photo that Bryan linked to on Apr 27, 2004. That link no longer works.

nia10026 on August 23, 2007 at 2:35 pm

Does anyone know where I can view that 1949 photograph of 125th Street that Bryan Krefft mentioned? I tried to view it through the link provided but was unable to. Any information that can be provided would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 28, 2006 at 2:35 pm

Here is a program for the Harlem Opera House from 1904. This is the text that goes with the program:

“Original date of March 14 on program is crossed out and changed to March 16, 1904. "Wednesday Evg.” is written in ink. F. Percival Stevens listed as stage director".

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 28, 2006 at 8:54 am

This website has a vintage photo of the Harlem Opera House. The photo is at the bottom of the page.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on November 28, 2006 at 8:03 am

The Harlem Opera House is listed in the 1897-98 edition of Julius Cahn’s Official Theatrical Guide. B. Lichtenstein is listed as the “sole prop.” Admission prices ranged from 25 cents to $1.50. The seating was : Orchestra: 553, Balcony: 402, Gallery: 600; total: 1,555 seats. The proscenium opening was 32 feet wide x 36 feet high; the stage was 39 feet deep. The theatre was on the ground floor, had both electric and gas illumination, and had 10 members in the house orchestra.

AlAlvarez on March 26, 2006 at 7:57 am

Good grief, Warren.

Where do you get these great pics? You are the real treasure here!

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 31, 2005 at 6:49 am

Here’s an early image of the Harlem Opera House, by which time it had been taken over by Hurtig & Seamon from Oscar Hammerstein, the original owner. One auditorium (with center entrance) was the Music Hall, with vaudeville and burlesque. The other, at right, was a cinema:

Hibi on January 26, 2005 at 8:20 am

I recently caught The Pawnbroker (great movie, hadnt seen it before as I was too young when it came out) on TCM and there was a brief scene where Rod Steiger was walking down 125th St. It showed the Apollo and the Loew’s Victoria. Couldnt make out what was playing at the Apollo, but The L Shaped Room with Leslie Caron was on the Victoria marquee….

sarahadler on November 18, 2004 at 1:55 pm

This is confusing because the original Hurtig and seamon was adjacent to the harlem opera house, according to 1906 postcard. when did the apollo move down the street, or is that just the offices next door to the HOH?

ifemorena on September 2, 2004 at 2:43 pm

thanks for all of the info on the harlem opera house.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on September 2, 2004 at 1:44 pm

The Harlem Opera House was further east than the Loew’s Victoria and not “right next door” to the Apollo. For proof of that, look at the photograph mentioned above in Bryan Krefft’s posting of April 27th, 2004. Click “here” to view it.

euphrades on September 2, 2004 at 8:20 am

the Harlem Opera House was right next door to the Apollo. The Lowes Vicoria Building is a few doors down, and the building still remains. I believe the renovation is still in the works but on hold for some reason.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on September 2, 2004 at 7:56 am

Euphrades, I think that you have the Harlem Opera House confused with the ex-Loew’s Victoria, which is just a few doors east of the Apollo on 125th Street. It was the Victoria, not the Harlem Opera House, that was supposed to be renovated by the Apollo management, but I believe that the project is now suspended, if not canceled.

euphrades on September 2, 2004 at 7:20 am

I believe it is being incorporated into the renovations of the Apollo Theatre. You can contact Local Initiatives 212-455-9800 they are involved in the renovations and financing of the project.