Harrison Cinema

233 Harrison Avenue,
Harrison, NY 10528

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The theatre opened in the 1920’s and is currently closed with plans for conversion into a venue for live stage performances. Harrison is situated in Westchester County, about 45 minutes by car from Manhattan.

Contributed by Warren G. Harris

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noisylibrarian
noisylibrarian on August 8, 2005 at 7:07 am

Rumor has it that this cinema has just been purchased…should Westchester residents be prepared for Restored Movie House #4?

dan724
dan724 on October 13, 2005 at 2:02 pm

It was a great theater, worked there in the late 80’s, ahhh what memories! I hope it doesn’t go the route of Scarsdale theater.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 12, 2008 at 2:48 pm

This Irish bar is now at 233 Harrison Avenue. There are some interior photos on their site, but no way to tell if this is a remodel or a new building.
http://www.odonnellspub.com/

Maryo
Maryo on August 7, 2010 at 2:37 pm

My great uncle owned an operated the Harrision Cinema in the 1940s. His name was Sam Cornish and he lived with his wife Gertrude in the Calvert Street Apartments on Calvert Street in Harrison. He eventually moved to California and opened up some movie theaters there. I don’t live in Harrison any longer and am trying find out what the current plans are for this theatre.

Richard Harrison
Richard Harrison on February 18, 2013 at 4:52 pm

The Biltmore Theatre in Harrison was owned by Mr. Tommasino in the l940’s-1960’s (during the week day he would show Italian language films)…gosh I would love to have some of the weekly programs at this point!….I started attending the theatre at age 7 in 1947…golden age….The owners son Al (Mr Tommasino had two sons) was in my class at Harrison High School) and I serentipiously ran into Al during my first sojourn to Rome in 1963 when I was crossing a plaza to American Express when I heard someone call my name….it was Al who had relocated to Rome to work with his father (I believe the theatre had been sold at this point) and said one of the properties his father owned was the Saudi ambassidors residence…and since he had just recently died….why didn’t I stay there and we could spend some time viewing the city’s landmarks and hideaways….thank you Biltmore Theatre for introducing Al to me!

Rich Harrison

bobbydeerfield
bobbydeerfield on August 19, 2013 at 5:38 pm

I just unearthed an old real of family movies than depicts Harrison on July 2, 1927. Among other things, it shows the Biltmore theater which was showing Laura La Plante in The Love Thrill. Cool looking old movie house…

fatima_r
fatima_r on September 23, 2013 at 11:39 am

Are there any old/historic photos of this theater? It would be interesting to see what it looked like back then….

fatima_r
fatima_r on September 23, 2013 at 1:24 pm

I am an architecture student working on a project on this cinema. If there are any pictures you would be willing to share, it would be greatly appreciated! My email is

DomZ
DomZ on April 24, 2014 at 11:11 pm

Fatima-r: The theatre has always been a big, plain rectangular ceiling with no character. I believe that it originally contained a stage but was removed. Rumor has it that Harrison will FINALLY undergo a redevelopment after many years of discussion and the theatre will probably be torn down.

redojai
redojai on July 7, 2014 at 1:32 pm

To the relative of Sam Cornish: I am doing research on the Ojai Playhouse (Ojai Theatre in Ojai, CA) and your great uncle leased the theater in our town beginning in 1958. I’m still doing the research so I don’t know how long he stayed. He was already quite old when he came here.

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