Interboro Theatre

3462 East Tremont Avenue at Otis Avenue
Bronx, N.Y. 10465


The 1369-seat Interboro Theatre, located in the Throggs Neck section of The Bronx, was built in the 1920's and was originally named the "Interborough". The planned expansion of the Interborough Rapid Transit (IRT) from Hugh Grant Circle in Parkchester never materialized, but the theater kept the name eventually dropping the "ugh". To local residents the Interboro was called "The Itch," as described by Lloyd Ultan in "The Beautiful Bronx":
"...The Interborough Theatre on Tremont Avenue in Throggs Neck was a notorious spot in the 1920s. Patrons of this movie house almost always came back scratching. The theatre was infested with lice, and the children of the area aptly called it "The Itch." Luckily, this situation did not exist in most other movie houses..."

The Interboro closed and is used as administrative offices of the Board of Education.

           
Wurlitzer Organ Company
North Tonawanda, N.Y. – Opus 1382 (1926)
Electro-pneumatic action
Style 160 (piano console)
2 manuals, 6 ranks, 4 tuned percussion, 17 traps

This organ was shipped on November 29, 1921, and was later repossessed.

           
Pedal – 32 notes
16
  Bass
8
  Flute
16
  Bourdon
  Bass Drum
8
  Open Diapason
  Kettle Drum
8
  Cello
  Cymbal

   

   
Accompaniment (Manual I) –- 61 notes
8
  Trumpet
  Piano
8
  Open Diapason
  Mandolin
8
  Salicional
  Snare Drum
8
  Viol Celeste [TC]
  Tambourine
8
  Flute
  Castanets
4
  Salicet
  Chinese Block
4
  Octave Celeste
   
4
  Flute
  Five Adjustable Combination Pistons
   
       (Accomp. & Pedal)

   

   
Solo (Manual II) – 61 notes
16
  Bourdon
4
  Salicet
8
  Trumpet
4
  Octave Celeste
8
  Open Diapason
4
  Flute
8
  Salicional
  Cathedral Chimes
8
  Viol Celeste [TC]
  Xylophone
8
  Flute
  Glockenspiel
8
  Vox Humana
   
     
  Five Adjustable Combination Pistons
     
       (Solo & Pedal)

   

   
General
One Balanced Expression Pedal      
General Tremulant      
Vox Humana Tremulant      
           
Effects (operated by pistons)
Sleigh Bells Fire Gong Train
Horse Hoofs Siren Fire Gong [re-it]
Bird Triangle Steamboat Whistle
Auto Horn Surf Tom-Tom
     
Door Bell (push button)  
           
Sources:
     Cinema Treasures web site: www.cinematreasures.org
     Junchen, David L., comp. and ed. Jeff Weiler. The WurliTzer Pipe Organ – An Illustrated History. Chicago: The American Theatre Organ Society, 2005.
     Kaufmann, Preston J. Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ, Vol. 3. Pasadena: Showcase Publications, 1995.