Globe Theater

640 Pelham Parkway South,
Bronx, NY 10462

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Globe Theatre, Bronx, NY

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This small second-run movie house was located on Pelham Parkway South, between White Plains and Bolton Street. The Globe Theater was opened in 1946, the first post-war movie theatre to open in the Bronx, and the marquee letters read ‘New Yorks First Post War Theatre, Healthfully Air Conditioned’. Seating in the auditorium was all on a single floor.

The Globe Theater was a second run-movie theatre, and later became an adult movie theater, then reverted back to second-run movies. It is used as a furniture store today.

Contributed by Chuck Gitlin

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toes on January 23, 2005 at 9:54 am

Joe Masher is right the theater never had a balcony. The theater is now a furniture store and still looks very much the same. The lobby wall with small guard rail is still intact. The walls haven’t changed much and the old stage has furniture on it. Everything is painted white and all lit up (it was a real treat for me because I have never seen it this way) The store owner said the downstairs is storage and I was unable to see it, This is where the bathrooms were and a small screening room (it’s original perpose is unknown to me) All the above info is right of course the old projection room could have been a “small” balcony in it hay days. Dose anybody have any pictures of the globe theater as it was before it turned into a porn theater. Those of us who know the place would love to see them. Thanks, Toes.

Rxrich181 on November 25, 2006 at 9:40 am

The first ushers were Normie, Arnie, Jerry and Richard…we were 16 years old in 1946 when we worked there…It was a fun job…and here it is 60 years later but the memories are still there for all of us.
We showed the Jolson Story 1n 1946…to standing room only audiences…Movies were popular then and growing up in the Bronx was a gift!!


Rxrich181 on November 25, 2006 at 9:44 am

The first ushers at the Globe were Normie, Arnie, Jerry and myself…it was a fun job! In 1946 we showed The Jolson Story to standing room only audiences…growing up in the Bronx and working at the Globe was a gift!

GMuttley on June 9, 2007 at 6:19 pm

Furniture store here got a new owner and took the “GLOBE” lettering off the marquee. Damn shame. Interior is still the same as far as I can tell.

JerryinSCT on June 10, 2007 at 11:18 am

In 1946 I inherited Richard’s job of Marquee Changer, 3x/week. It paid $1/night + wkend passes for my parents (the best part!). The following yr I became an usher. Mgnt sent me to a uniform co in Times Sq to outfit me as an usher; + an overcoat making me the “Barker”.
Back then theaters played double features and people would come & go in the middle of a film. On Sat nite & Sundays, when it was busy, I’d be outside working the lines and announce the wait time for seats, the time & length of each movie, etc. After the rush period, I would thaw out & work with the other ushers. After seeing Jolson Story many times, after punching out,we ushers would change out of uniform, hang out in the proj booth and pantomine along with Jolson onscreen.

kencmcintyre on September 14, 2007 at 6:42 pm

In 1970, the Globe was part of a small chain called the Endicott Circuit, which had theaters in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Dobbs Ferry, Yonkers and Hastings-on-Hudson. Endicott’s headquarters was 289 9th Street, Brooklyn. President was William Namenson.

JerryinSCT on September 17, 2007 at 6:03 am

In the late 40’s, i believe the Globe was part of the BRANDT THEATER’s group, which owned a string of “second-run” movie houses around the city.

kencmcintyre on June 4, 2008 at 4:51 pm

There is a photo of the theater as furniture store here:

Richard Mucciolo
Richard Mucciolo on September 19, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Here is another one…the Globe Theater, Pelham Parkway, the Bronx, NY….was a porno theatre at the end of its run.

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on November 12, 2012 at 8:45 pm

If anyone has any stories about going to/ working at this threatre in its adult days, I would love to hear them. I am chronicling the histories of adult theatres in the US. Please contact me at Thanks!

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