Rev. Ike and the Loew's 175th St. movie theater, and the George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal   2007-03-19


This is another trip to an historic movie theater.   You might remember a rather controversial TV evangelist figure, Rev. Ike ( Dr. Frederick Eikerenkoetter).   Without commenting on the merits of that ministry itself, that congregation bought a run down movie theater in Washington Heights, formerly the Loew's 175th St. Theater, near the George Washington Bridge, in 1969.


More recently the theater has been rented out for public events, including movies and concerts.     Description and photos below.


"On February 15, 1930 the Loew's Company opened a 3,293 seat Wonder Theatre designed by Thomas Lamb for vaudeville and movies. From the Opening Day Parade in 1930 to the recent sold-out Fernando Villalona Concert, the goal to bring "Times Square Entertainment" uptown has been successfully achieved. Purchased by Dr. Frederick Eikerenkoetter and Christ Community United Church in 1969, this historic "jewel box" was exquisitely restored and is still maintained for concerts and recitals, classes and lectures, Robert Morton Pipe Organ recitals (one of five such organs remaining worldwide), multi-cultural church activities (bilingual), as well as major film and television shoots. Help us to celebrate the 77th year of this New York treasure with several very special events and the culturally diverse Washington Heights - Inwood community:


First few photos courtesy of:






Original Robert Morton organ on display in the lobby; On right a flash picture of snowstorm on Broadway:




Friday nite 9:30 pm at the George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal at 179th St - Statue of Othmarr Ommann, who designed several bridges in the NYC area, starting with the GW Bridge opening in 1931 and ending with opening of the Verrazano Bridge in 1964.





An exhibit of historic ocean liner models in the bus terminal:


















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