Parkchester community seeks to preserve 74-year-old theater

posted by Michael Zoldessy on February 6, 2014 at 7:45 am


BRONX, NY — Locals are getting behind reopening the American Theater, which Bow Tie operated until it closed last Fall. They’ve already put together a petition with 1,000+ signatures to reopen it and has also spoken with the Landmark Preservation Commission.

Read more at News 12.

(Thanks to jeterga for providing the photo.)

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Comments (7)

markp on February 6, 2014 at 8:52 am

Im hoping they win. Its time these theatres stay open and not destroyed or turned into retail.

br91975 on February 6, 2014 at 8:53 am

I wish the local Parkchester community the absolute best of luck in re-opening the American but, from appearances via the News 12 story, the theatre seems to already be in the process of being gutted.

bigjoe59 on February 6, 2014 at 12:49 pm

this building was built as a movie theater
for the Parkchester community 74 years ago.
i don’t understand why Bow Tie closed it
to begin with. was it not doing well?

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on February 6, 2014 at 1:10 pm

Bow Tie closed it because their lease was up and the landlord did not renew because he wanted to convert it to retail.

joemasher on February 6, 2014 at 3:10 pm

Roger is correct – unfortunately our lease could not be renewed. Bow Tie does not own the building, unfortunately.

DylanAsh on February 7, 2014 at 8:12 am

Please, save this place. The Bronx only has two theaters. Talk about underserved.

optimist008 on February 7, 2014 at 8:56 am

To the above, unconfirmed rumor that another theater will open as part of the Whitestone Cinema Paragon Outlet Mall project. The original developer of the HUB retail project proposed a theater and that project fell through, no theater there woth the newest developer. Agree with you, Bronx is “underscreened.” A theater was also planned for the original dead Kingsbridge Armory mall.

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