Webster Theatre

400 E. 167th Street,
Bronx, NY 10456

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 5, 2012 at 12:41 am

The Webster Theatre originally had seating all on one floor. About 1919, a balcony was added. The expansion led to a demand from the city fire commissioner for increased fire protection, and architect Harry T. Howell filed an appeal with the Board of Appeals on behalf of the owners, Wardwin Realty Company, on January 16, 1920. The minutes of the meeting at which the appeal was granted include this description of the theater:

“…the building is fireproof, one story and balcony in height, 57 ft. 6 in. by 150 ft. in area, occupied as a theatre for moving pictures with 881 seats in the first story and 287 seats in the balcony, a total of 1,168 seats….”
From Google Street View, it looks like the upper portion of the building that contained the balcony has been demolished.