Day 682

The old Claremont Theater

November 11th, 2013

Opened in 1914 and designed by Gaetan Ajello, this former theater is "one of the oldest structures in New York City planned specifically to exhibit motion pictures". I love the old movie camera in relief at the top of the facade; you can see it more clearly if you zoom in. In 1915, Thomas Edison produced a short film featuring people exiting the theater, which you can watch here. The Claremont didn't quite last for two decades; by 1933, the building had been converted into an automobile showroom.


  1. Sandi in Ashland says:

    Great nutshell history of a lovely building.

  2. Cheryl says:

    That movie clip was priceless!! Little boys wearing knickerbockers. Ladies wearing hats with feathers!

  3. Luz says:

    Some of those boys know they’re on camera and keep coming back for another appearance.

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