8. The Claremont Theater
The Neo-Renaissance style Claremont Theater, located at 135th Street, opened in 1914, designed by Gaetan Ajello. The theater reached the pinnacle of its fame in 1915 when Thomas Edison produced a short film in which the theater’s entrance was prominently featured. By 1933, the interior of the theater was converted into an automobile showroom. The Claremont, one of the oldest structures in New York City planned specifically to exhibit motion pictures, was designated a landmark by the City of New York in 2006.