Brandt's Yonkers Theatre

155 S. Broadway,
Yonkers, NY 10701

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Loew's Yonkers Theatre, Yonkers, NY -- 1931

This was the largest of the four first-run theatres that Loew’s operated in Westchester County in the “old days”. It’s also one of the least documented, but it was due to be opened as the Andrus Theatre on January 15, 1928 and was built by John E. Andros (the world’s fourth richest man). Loew’s Inc. acquired it and it opened as Loew’s Yonkers Theatre on February 2, 1928 with vaudeville and William Haines in the movie “West Point”.

In the early-1950’s, Loew’s divested it to comply with the Federal anti-trust decree against the company, at which time it was taken over by the Brandt Circuit and re-named Brandt’s Yonkers Theatre.

It was closed on March 16, 1972 with a re-release of Mickey Rooney in “National Velvet”. It was demolished in 1975.

Contributed by Warren G. Harris

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Brad Smith
Brad Smith on February 18, 2011 at 5:09 pm

This photograph of the Loew’s Yonkers Theatre was taken in 1931 by George Mann of the comedy dance team, Barto and Mann.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 18, 2011 at 5:19 pm

They must have been the Martin and Lewis of their day ,I see Barto and Mann on Old Marqiuees.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on February 18, 2011 at 6:10 pm

Thanks Brad,another great photo.

Joseph
Joseph on January 12, 2014 at 6:18 pm

Certainly the finest theatre Yonkers ever had and one of the best in the region. I attended several movies there during late 60s, early 70s. I preferred the Loews/Brandt’s over its still standing, but closed neighbor’s The Parkhill and RKO Proctor’s. I remembered being sadden when it closed. However, the neighborhood was already in a steady state of decline. I believe the Loews/Brandt’s sat derelict for a couple of years before it was demolished for a Macdonald’s. Sad how this one just slipped away and is so little documented.

Joseph
Joseph on January 13, 2014 at 6:50 pm

The loew’s/Bandt’s was never subdivided. It appeared to be intact when it closed, with most, if not all of its original furnishings. Still in excellent condition.

tntim
tntim on September 20, 2015 at 4:27 pm

This link is to the May 12, 1928 issue of the “Exhibitors Herald and Picture World” that has pictures of the Loew’s Yonkers Theater. View Link

Texas2step
Texas2step on May 10, 2018 at 5:07 pm

If this one did open as the Andrus Theatre, it didn’t operate under that name for very long. Loew’s Yonkers Theatre opened on February 2, 1928.

rivest266
rivest266 on October 2, 2020 at 2:30 pm

This was under construction as Andrus theatre, but was bought out by Loew’s just in time for opening as Loew’s Yonkers.

dallasmovietheaters
dallasmovietheaters on October 5, 2020 at 7:52 am

On November 11, 1971, Brandt reopened the theater as a sub-run discount house. It appears to have closed on March 16, 1972 with “National Velvet.” The local newspaper reported that the marquee said new management would reopen the theater soon under new ownership in 1972 which appears to not have occurred. Another note about vandalism in 1972 likely may have been the reason for not reopening.

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