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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GMuttley
GMuttley on June 9, 2007 at 9:19 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
JerryinSCT on June 10, 2007 at 2:18 pm

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
kencmcintyre on September 14, 2007 at 9:42 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
JerryinSCT on September 17, 2007 at 9:03 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
kencmcintyre on June 4, 2008 at 7:51 pm

There is a photo of the theater as furniture store here:
http://tinyurl.com/6hp947

Richard Mucciolo
Richard Mucciolo on September 19, 2012 at 5:08 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 11:45 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!

RobertEndres
RobertEndres on May 24, 2016 at 11:27 am

I clicked on the picture of the Globe this morning and realized I had worked there as a relief projectionist for a week or two in it’s porno days. The business agent of our local needed someone to work and actually picked me up off a picket line (in front of another porno theatre in Manhattan) and drove me to the Globe. I was hesitant to take the job since I had never officially worked in the Bronx, but was assured it “was a nice Jewish neighborhood.” It was, but getting there on the subway through the South Bronx was like going through Dresden after the firebombing during WWII. As with most porno theatres I was paid cash when I started. The booth still had carbon arc lamps and was equipped as were most neighborhood theatres in those days with Simplex X-Ls and Peerless lamps. I did go down to the auditorium one day when I arrived early and it was being cleaned. The exit doors were open admitting light and the auditorium was typical of the “nabes” of it’s time. I’d almost forgotten I worked there until I saw the picture above.

markp
markp on May 24, 2016 at 11:49 am

RobertEndres, I worked for the same owner of this theatre when it was an adult theatre. I worked for the Sayrewoods Theatre in Old Bridge NJ, which had Century projectors and Peerless arc lamps, till we went xenon in 1985. We too were always paid cash, and I remember getting a lot of my prints from the Globe after they ran them. Always covered with oil. I worked part time for 12 years in my theatre, from 1978 till 1990 when it was demolished for a highway project

optimist008
optimist008 on May 24, 2016 at 2:27 pm

RobertEndres,

Was your projectionist local the branch based out of Mount Vernon and operated Bobby Dente back then?? That local controlled Westchester County, NY. Still cannot believe it was somehow dissolved during the advent of multiplexes.

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