Uptown Theatre

4037 Broadway,
New York, NY 10032

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Uptown Theatre

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The Uptown Theatre was opened in late-1921 or early-1922.

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AGRoura
AGRoura on April 25, 2010 at 1:05 pm

The photo is the streeet entrance which leads to the entrance/checkout section which looks ilke a lobby and leads you to the store. The supermarket is huge for NYC standards. It was definitely an auditorium, no columns, etc., though the ceiling is low for a theater.

AGRoura
AGRoura on April 25, 2010 at 4:37 pm

The ceiling was obviously lowered for the supermarket.

GaryZ7
GaryZ7 on May 4, 2010 at 1:19 pm

I was a frequent moviegoer at the Uptown Theatre in my boyhood, and I recall seeing there, among other films, DEMETRIUS AND THE GLADIATORS, THE SILVER CHALICE, THIS ISLAND EARTH, THE LAST COMMAND, HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (Anthony Quinn version), THE BUCCANEER, DAMN YANKEES, many others. I distinctly recall that around 1960 or early 1961, to the chagrin of everyone in the neighborhood, it was turned into a Sloan’s Supermarket. Years later, as mentioned in these posts, it became a Gristedes market. It was indeed a small theater, but it had a handsome lobby where there was always a large standee cutout or poster of the films being shown. I took a walk through the old neighborhood last year, and did see that the low building itself was still there, but I can’t seem to find any photograph of this theater online.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on September 7, 2011 at 8:45 am

Another missing intro.

???

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on September 8, 2011 at 7:16 am

The moderate height of the remaining building suggests that the auditorum was of the stadium type, with a raised section of seats at the rear instead of a conventional overhanging balcony(ala the current Ziegfeld in midtown).

guarina
guarina on June 9, 2013 at 11:56 am

I remember seeing a movie with Bill Haley and the Comets there, and one with Dámaso Pérez Prado in ‘56, maybe “Mambo Mania” or “The Mambo Kings”.

BobFurmanek
BobFurmanek on June 10, 2013 at 7:50 pm

The Perez Prado film is Cha Cha Cha Boom!

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 5, 2013 at 1:22 pm

The Uptown Theatre probably opened in late 1921 or early 1922. Items in the Bulletin of the Board of Standards and Appeals of the City of New York indicate that the application for a permit to build the theater was made on July 25, 1919, but as late as July 13, 1921, architect George Mort Pollard applied for an extension of the time the board had required for completion of the project. The extension was granted for one year. Adolph Lewisohn was the owner of the theater.

Pollard, best known for his residential buildings, designed at least one other theater in New York, the Harlem Grand. There was also a theater in his artists cooperative studio-apartment building, the Hotel des Artistes, but I’ve found no indication that it was ever used as a movie house.

guarina
guarina on March 3, 2014 at 2:06 am

Thanks, BobFurmanek. It’s been a long time. Good memory (or reference).

Will Dunklin
Will Dunklin on March 24, 2014 at 7:58 am

The Wurlitzer company shipped an organ, Style H-Special, opus 1403, to the Uptown Theatre, NY in July 1926.

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