Delmar Theatre

3410 Broadway,
New York, NY 10031

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Delmar Theatre

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Information would be appreciated about the history of this large movie theatre on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. It was apparently always independently owned and never part of a major chain. Prior to being re-christened the Delmar Theatre in the 1930’s, it was known as the Gotham Theatre. The theatre was situated on the east side of Broadway, near 138th Street.

Contributed by Warren G. Harris

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Ace
Ace on April 15, 2008 at 5:38 am

Going by DOB documents and certificates of occupancy, it seems like the theater was converted into a mixed-use building of retail and dance hall/cabaret by 1957, therefore it probably ceased being a movie theater by then. The former theatre still functions as a mixed-use building to this day.

mlc1111
mlc1111 on June 17, 2008 at 5:27 pm

My mom used to go to this theater in the 1940s as a child. It was 10 cents for a whole day of movies/newsreels, etc! Things have sure changed since then. Thanks to those who posted pictures.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on February 21, 2010 at 7:29 pm

Gotham was an interesting name for a 1920’s theatre since the name originated from early nineteenth century satires of New York and Batman comics (1940)had yet to be written.

The Delmar was still listed as a Harris Theatre in the 1959 edition of the Film Daily Yearbook.

Paula74
Paula74 on October 31, 2010 at 4:37 pm

Actually, the use of the name Gotham for New York City far predates Batman comics. It was first used by Washington Irving at least a century before this theater was built.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 1, 2010 at 2:25 am

Thanks again,KenRoe.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on August 14, 2011 at 1:47 am

Still advertising in a Spanish newspaper in 1963 as the Del Mar.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on March 28, 2012 at 4:07 pm

Sixty-three years ago today, the theatre’s name was spelled with a hyphen as Del-Mar in a small display ad in The New York Times which announced that Maria Felix was appearing there in person. She was described as “Queen of the Latin American Screen, Movies' Most Beautiful Actress.” The ad had no other program details. I guess it’s now too late to phone the listed WA-6-4800 for more information. Was Maria Felix headlining a stage show, or just promoting one of her films?

iatse311
iatse311 on November 8, 2012 at 10:44 pm

http://collections.mcny.org/C.aspx?VP3=SearchResult_VPage&VBID=24UP1G7O4A3I&SMLS=1&RW=1024&RH=643 and http://harlembespoke.blogspot.com/2012/11/remember-gotham-theatre-circa-1949.html

philip123
philip123 on January 19, 2013 at 5:19 am

Del Mar and Dorset were owned by Harry Harris in the 1940s. Eventually purchased by Loews. My grandfather was their attorney.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on January 19, 2013 at 5:57 am

Philip, so when were they Loews?

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