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Delmar Theatre

3410 Broadway,
New York, NY 10031

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Delmar Theatre

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A large movie theatre on Manhattan’s Upper West Side situated on the east side of Broadway near W. 138th Street. It was apparently always independently owned and never part of a major chain. It opened in 1921 as the Gotham Theatre. It was renamed the Del-Mar Theatre in 1937. It had closed as a regular movie theatre by 1961. It went over to screening Spanish language movies and was still operating in 1963.

Contributed by Warren G. Harris

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Ace
Ace on April 14, 2008 at 9:38 pm

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 9:27 am

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.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on February 21, 2010 at 11:29 am

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 9:37 am

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 October 31, 2010 at 7:25 pm

Thanks again,KenRoe.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 13, 2011 at 5:47 pm

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

iatse311
iatse311 on November 8, 2012 at 2:44 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 18, 2013 at 9:19 pm

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

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on January 18, 2013 at 9:57 pm

Philip, so when were they Loews?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 21, 2018 at 4:28 pm

The Gotham Theatre was built in 1920 and designed by Carlson & Wiseman. A notice that plans for the project had been filed appeared in the September 25, 1920 issue of Real Estate Record and Builders' Guide. This web page has an overview of the theater’s history.

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