71 W. Burnside Avenue,
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Firms: Margon & Glaser
Functions: Medical Center
Previous Names: Pantheon Theatre
The Pantheon Theatre opened on September 7, 1923, and was Brooklyn circuit owner Herman Weingarten’s first theatre in the Bronx. A sibling of Weingarten’s Parthenon Theatre in Ridgewood, the Pantheon Theatre was deluxe on all counts, and had a stadium-style auditorium. Its walls were covered with tapestry silk in silver and gold. Both the lobby and lounge area had trickling fountains with changing color effects. The Pantheon Theatre’s resident orchestra was augmented by an 11/6 “Style 170 Special” Wurlitzer organ, op. 684. Presenting movies only, the Pantheon Theatre prospered during the silent era, but developed acoustical problems when “talkies” arrived. It was remodeled in 1928 and re-opened as the Kelton Theatre in July 1928.
Its proximity to two better-equipped theatres, the Avalon Theatre and especially Loew’s Burnside Theatre, together with the arrival of the Depression, sealed its doom. The Kelton Theatre closed in September 1930, never to re-open as a theatre. It was converted into stores. After WWII, the building was converted into a school annex. In 2018 it is the main site of the Morris Heights Health Center.
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