Some things are set in stone.
The building at 126 Second Avenue underwent numerous alterations in the early 1900s. It was first a theater and restaurant, then a theater and concert garden. In July 1913, it opened as a motion picture theater run by Bloch, and screened movies until at least 1915.
At this time, the issues at the Orpheum are reminiscent of the current predicament at the theater. Stomp’s dissatisfaction with the building’s upkeep mirrors the conflict between Bloch and his tenants in the early 1900s.
In a 1914 affidavit, Bloch expresses his dismay at the poor conditions of the building and his concern over the high rental price. “The said moving picture theater has been patronized by people under very poor circumstances, and the price of admission has been only five cents,” Bloch wrote. He had to pay for many alterations out of his own pocket, including the fee for installing a stove that heated the large theater hall.
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