Loew's Boulevard Theatre - The Bronx, N.Y.
 
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Loew's Boulevard Theatre

1032 Southern Boulevard near Westchester Avenue
Bronx, N.Y. 10459









Loew's Boulevard Theatre - Bronx, N.Y. (credit: ALWB Collection)  
Loew's Boulevard Theatre opened on November 1, 1913, as a vaudeville house. Designed by Thomas W. Lamb in the Beaux Arts style, the theatre was reported to have 2,187 seats. In 1917, motion pictures were given equal billing and a three-manual Möller organ was installed to provide musical accompaniment. Over the years, much of the Boulevard's ornate auditorium was painted over or draped to make it appear more "modern."

The Boulevard was one of several Bronx theatres that Marcus Loew purchased from the Picker family, which is still active in the movie industry today. Eugene Picker had a long association with Loew's Theatres, eventually becoming president (and the last before its takeover by the Tisch brothers). Eugene's son, David Picker, became a studio head and independent producer. David's sister, Jean Picker Firstenberg, is currently CEO of the American Film Institute. Other Picker-built theatres in the Bronx acquired by Loew's were the Spooner and Burland, as well as the Oriental in Brooklyn.
           
M.P. Möller, Inc.
Hagerstown, Md. – Opus 2439 (1917)
Electro-pneumatic action
3 manuals, 34 stops, 16 ranks


The organ in Loew's Boulevard was built in 1917 by M.P. Möller of Hagerstown, Md., at a cost of $6,000. This instrument was one of the Möller firm's standard theatre organ models having three manuals and 16 ranks. The following specification is from the contract for Op. 2492 (1918), another 3/16 Möller installed in Loew's Bijou Theatre in Brooklyn.
               
Great Organ (Manual II) – 61 notes, enclosed
16
  Violin Diapason [TC]
73
2
  Piccolo [Fl. Harm.]
OR
8
  Open Diapason
85
    Mixture III ranks
derived
8
  Viol d'Orchestre
73
16
  Bass Clarinet [TC]
OR
8
  Doppel Flute
73
8
  French Horn
73
4
  Octave [Op. Diap.]
4
  Octave Horn
4
  Zart Flute [Quintadena]
OR
   
Cathedral Chimes
20 Notes
               
Orchestral Organ (Manual III) – 61 notes, enclosed
8
  Violin Diapason
GT
4
  Flute Harmonic
73
8
  Horn Diapason (syn)
16
  Fagotto [TC]
8
  Quintadena
73
8
  Orchestral Oboe
73
8
  Viol d'Orchestre
GT
8
 
Clarinet
73
8
  Viol Celeste [TC]
73
   
Concert Harp
37 Notes
               
Solo Organ (Manual I) – 61 notes, enclosed
8
  Gross Flute
85
4
  Gemshorn [TG]
8
  Concert Flute
73
16
  Bass Tuba [TC]
8
  Gemshorn
85
8
  Tuba
73
8
  Violoncello
73
8
  Vox Humana
73
4
  Flute Overte [TG] [Gross Fl.]
     
               
Pedal Organ – 32 notes
16
  Sub Bass [ext. Gross Fl.]
12
8
  Violoncello
SO
16
  Gemshorn [ext.]
12
8
  Flute
SO
16
  Lieblich Gedeckt [lo-press.]
       
               
Couplers
    Great to Pedal 8', 4'       Orch. to Solo  
    Orch. to Pedal 8'       Solo to Orch. 8' 8'  
    Solo to Pedal 8'       Great 4'  
    Orch. to Great 16', 8', 4'       Orch. 16', 4'  
    Solo. to Great 16', 8', 4'       Solo 16', 4'  
               
Mechanicals
    Orchestral Tremulant   Crescendo Indicator
    Solo Tremulant    
               
Adjustable Combinations
   
Orchestral Organ Pistons 1-2-3-4-5-6 (thumb)
Great Organ Pistons 1-2-3-4-5-6 (thumb)
Solo Organ Pistons 1-2-3-4 (thumb)
Pedal Organ Pistons 1-2-3 (thumb)
               
Piston Couplers
    Corresponding Orchestral and Solo Pistons to Great Pistons
    Corresponding Pedal Pistons to Manual Pistons
               
Pedal Movements
    Balanced Solo Pedal   Great to Pedal Reversible
    Balanced Orchestral Pedal   Orchestral to Pedal Reversible
    Grand Crescendo Pedal   Thunder Pedal
           
Sources:
     Cinema Treasures web site: http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/6107
     Junchen, David L. Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ, Vol. I. Pasadena: Showcase Publications, 1985.
     M.P. Möller, Inc. Agreement (Apr. 1, 1918) of M.P. Möller organ, Op. 2492 (1918). Courtesy Larry Trupiano.

Illustrations:
     AJWB Collection. Interior.
     Cinema Treasures web site. Exterior (undated).