Tremont Theatre

1942 Webster Avenue,
Bronx, NY 10457

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Previous Names: Tremont Yiddish Theatre, Cinema Tremont

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August 31st 1942 photo credit-Percy Loomis Sperr.

The Tremont was one of the earliest purpose-built cinemas in the Bronx, opening around 1910 and closing about 1960. During a half-century of operation, it was also known as the Tremont Yiddish Theatre and Cinema Tremont, according to historian Michael Miller’s list of Bronx theatres. More information about the Tremont’s history and the current status of the site is needed. In 2002, it was reported to be converted into retail space. In 2011 signs on the building stated ‘Hall For Rent’.

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on March 1, 2008 at 3:55 am

I have also seen this theater listed as MOSS’S TREMONT AVENUE and also the HAMILTON THEATER
This theater was named the Tremont because it was at East Tremont Avenue and Webster Avenue.

A Moller Pipe Organ, Opus 2952, a 3 Manual/17 Rank was installed in 1921, which cost $8,000.00. This would have been installed in between the WurliTzer and Page Organs mentioned above. It is not know what happened to this organ. If you know what happened to any of these organs, please email us!

“Gee Dad, it "WAS” a Moller!"

kencmcintyre on July 19, 2008 at 10:39 pm

Here’s a photo from the NYPL. You can zoom in for a better look. No date was given.

I had some trouble matching this building on Google due to the address. The building that corresponds to the vintage photos would be at 1938 Webster. 1940 is a rental hall on the corner of Webster and 178th. The two buildings bracketing the Tremont appear to be the same in all the photos. However, the Park Overlook Hotel is also listed at 1938 Webster. The hotel appears to be the building on the theater’s left in the photos. Confusion abounds.

kencmcintyre on July 19, 2008 at 10:59 pm

1940 is the last building on the block, currently. None of the photos show the theater as a corner building. I don’t think the theater was ever at 1942.

kencmcintyre on July 19, 2008 at 11:16 pm

That’s what I thought.

kencmcintyre on July 19, 2008 at 11:35 pm

The green awning says “Cinelli’s Building”. I think the hotel is next door.

drumpointer on April 12, 2013 at 8:32 pm

I was born in 1950 in the Bronx and lived in this neighborhood until I was 21. I only knew this theater as an Italian language cinema.I saw many Italian language films at the Tremont including La Ciociara, which later became Two Women (with Sophia Loren). They showed mostly older Italian films from after WWII. They even printed flyers announcing upcoming films that I still have (I think). The Tremont was in operation when I started taking Italian in junior high school in 1963. I can’t say for sure when the last film was I saw there but I would say it was still showing films through the mid 1960’s, but probably no later.

babfr1 on February 16, 2017 at 10:56 pm

This was my Father’s theatre. He had it in the 50’s and 60’s. Him and my grandfather ran it. Sometimes it would show American movies and then for many years it showed Italian films and also had live Italian shows with performers coming from Italy. I don’t remember the organ but I do remember the large grand piano they had for the shows. When it was American movies on Saturday they would show 3 movies and cartoons for $ .25 . There would be a monster movie, a cowboy movie and a Our Gang movie plus the cartoons. All the mother’s would drop their kids at Noon and have a cheap babysitter for the day. The candy counter sold candy, popcorn, hotdogs, ice cream and soda so you could eat all day also. Up the street was a restaurant where I would get the greasy cheeseburgers and fries but they were great. I have a picture of my father and grandfather standing in front of the theatre. Those were wonderful times. I love the old memories.

robboehm on February 17, 2017 at 3:26 am

babf1 can you upload those photos of the theater in the day?

thomasxcasey on August 23, 2019 at 4:03 am

Nice to see it is getting better use. I also own the postcard from 1912

Joseph Angier
Joseph Angier on October 5, 2022 at 2:00 am

When I was a child living on Creston Ave in the ‘60s, I counted ten movie theaters I could easily walk to. This was the farthest away - a mile long hike. I only went here once, when I was 10 or 11, to see a double bill of “Pink Panther” and “A Shot in the Dark,” and what I recall was the darkest theater I’d ever entered. I may have been the only customer that Sunday afternoon and why spend more on electricity than I spent on admission (25 or 35 cents)?

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