640 Pelham Parkway S,
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Previously operated by: Brandt Theaters
Architects: William I. Hohauser
Styles: Neo-Classical, Streamline Moderne
This small second-run movie house was located on Pelham Parkway South, between White Plains Road and Bolton Street. The Globe Theater was opened in 1946, the first post-war movie theatre to open in the Bronx, and the marquee letters read ‘New Yorks First Post War Theatre, Healthfully Air Conditioned’. Seating in the auditorium was all on a single floor.
The Globe Theater was a second run-movie theatre, and later became an adult movie theater, then reverted back to second-run movies. It became a furniture store, and later a Green Apple supermarket. In the summer of 2019 the theatre is vacant and ‘For Lease’. By December 2020 it was in use as a supermarket.
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Here is another one…the Globe Theater, Pelham Parkway, the Bronx, NY….was a porno theatre at the end of its run.
I clicked on the picture of the Globe this morning and realized I had worked there as a relief projectionist for a week or two in it’s porno days. The business agent of our local needed someone to work and actually picked me up off a picket line (in front of another porno theatre in Manhattan) and drove me to the Globe. I was hesitant to take the job since I had never officially worked in the Bronx, but was assured it “was a nice Jewish neighborhood.” It was, but getting there on the subway through the South Bronx was like going through Dresden after the firebombing during WWII. As with most porno theatres I was paid cash when I started. The booth still had carbon arc lamps and was equipped as were most neighborhood theatres in those days with Simplex X-Ls and Peerless lamps. I did go down to the auditorium one day when I arrived early and it was being cleaned. The exit doors were open admitting light and the auditorium was typical of the “nabes” of it’s time. I’d almost forgotten I worked there until I saw the picture above.
RobertEndres, I worked for the same owner of this theatre when it was an adult theatre. I worked for the Sayrewoods Theatre in Old Bridge NJ, which had Century projectors and Peerless arc lamps, till we went xenon in 1985. We too were always paid cash, and I remember getting a lot of my prints from the Globe after they ran them. Always covered with oil. I worked part time for 12 years in my theatre, from 1978 till 1990 when it was demolished for a highway project
Was your projectionist local the branch based out of Mount Vernon and operated Bobby Dente back then?? That local controlled Westchester County, NY. Still cannot believe it was somehow dissolved during the advent of multiplexes.
RobertEndres and markp,
Are either of you based in Pelham Parkway today? I’m a journalism doing a story on the Globe and would love the chance to speak with both/either of you. I write for Filmmaker Magazine and am currently a Graduate student at the Columbia School of Journalism. If you are interested, please email me at .
JerryinSCT (& RobertEndres & markp) – I’m so happy to see your comments. I am trying to find a location that is dear to my family — my grandparents started an ice cream store in 1946 “on White Plains Road,” and sold cones for one year before moving back to Buffalo (the business is still running!). Unfortunately, my dear grandmother only remembers that there was a cinema next door…and White Plains is a pretty large thoroughfare. Does a Swedish-run ice cream store sound familiar to your memory of working at this theater?
Thank you for your help!
I think your grandmother might be thinking about the Pelham theater—-which was actually on White Plains Road, about a block and a half from the Globe.
Though I was very young, I remember the excitement I felt when this theater was being built and opened. I seem to recall that the first film screened at the Globe was The Spiral Staircase. Is this correct?
I passed by today and saw that the former theatre is available for lease. The furniture store is no longer there.
The space is occupied once again, this time by a different supermarket.