Loew's Yonkers Theatre

155 South Broadway,
Yonkers, NY 10705

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

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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 I believe that it was already an operating theatre when Loew’s acquired it in the 1920s.

In the early 1950s, 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.

Information about its fate after that would be appreciated.

Contributed by Warren G. Harris

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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on April 19, 2008 at 8:35 am

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Warren G. Harris on April 15, 2009 at 1:45 pm

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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 on February 18, 2011 at 6:10 pm

Thanks Brad,another great photo.

Tinseltoes on December 20, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Loew’s Yonkers was the very first stop for Al Jolson on his now legendary promotional tour for “Jolson Sings Again” in the summer of 1949. Over three consecutive evenings starting on August 10th, Jolson performed on stage at a total of 18 Loew’s theatres in the Greater New York area, or six per night. After the Yonkers on that Wednesday, he raced with a NYPD escort to Loew’s 175th Street in Washington Heights; the Paradise, Fairmont, and National in the Bronx, and finally to the Victoria in Harlem. A lengthy article and lots of rare photos of the entire tour can be found in the December 2011 issue of Classic Images Magazine.

Tinseltoes on February 1, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Tomorrow (February 2nd) will mark the 84th anniversary of the grand opening of the Yonkers Theatre, according to details of a report in The New York Times of the following day (2/3/1928). The 2,800-seat Yonkers was built and financed for $900,000 by a local business tycoon, John E. Andrus, who had also once served as Mayor of the city. Before the theatre’s opening, Andrus made a long-term operating deal with the Loew’s circuit. With a policy of a feature movie and vaudeville, Loew’s Yonkers was one of the first theatres in Westchester County to be equipped with a refrigeration plant to keep it cool in summer, according to the NYT article. George Miner was the first house manager.

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 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.

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