Victoria, Harlem, New York City to get TALL neighbors

Biff Buttler brings us a news link to a vintage theatre in his home town. Biff and our late president Michael R. Miller used to go together to photograph theatres. Mike’s excellent NYC theatre data card file (part of the THS Archive) tells us the Victoria opened Oct. 5, 1917 with 2394 seats. Architect Thomas Lamb equipped it with a Moller pipe organ which was replaced by a 2 manual 6 rank Robert Morton organ. The house closed in June 1977 and reopened as a 5 plex called the Movie Center 5 on Dec. 4, 1986.

“A new hotel, apartments, retail and cultural space are all part of a $143-million plan to bring a mix of commercial uses to Harlem’s storied 125th Street corridor above and around the historic Victoria Theatre . . .”

One Comment

  1. Gary Parks

    Great to see this project moving forward. I remember the Victoria from the THS Conclave in 2002. As I recall, little was left of the auditorium, though the railings around the balcony vomitories were unusually ornate. I hope they can somehow be incorporated. Great to hear the plans for the lobby, and that cultural spaces will be included in the new construction.

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