Whitestone Multiplex Cinemas

2505 Bruckner Boulevard,
Bronx, NY 10469

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Scott Neff
Scott Neff on April 18, 2013 at 9:16 am

I’m pretty sure that whatever project they’re planning, it would be smart to include a theatre as an anchor.

optimist008 on April 18, 2013 at 7:38 am

Supposed to be closing the end of the summmer or later depending on the approvals for the Paragon Outlet mall that is opening on this site. Again, once this theater is gone, a huge void and opportunity exists for another exhibitor to open in the same area.

optimist008 on April 5, 2013 at 10:23 am

As of yesterday, their big 3 sided sign is advertising the Pargaon Outlet mall to open soon on this property.

A monumntal opportunity exists for another exhibitor to fill the void when this theater eventually closes. This was probably one of Redstone’s top grossers in NY State if not beyond. Lost opportunities exist because a majority of other exhibitors fear opening in the Bronx. 150 single screens were operating in this borough during the 1960’s and the population now is even bigger so Bronx remains under screened for sure…

MissAmanda on February 28, 2013 at 1:29 pm

Still open as of February 28, 2013, showing first run movies, so where there’s life there’s hope. I like this theater because I don’t like stadium seating, and this is one of the last orchestra-style seating venues. What I don’t like is that the restrooms are located outside the ropes, so you have to show your ticket stub to get back in after doing your business. Makes sneaking from theater to theater hard, but not impossible.

moviebuff82 on July 23, 2012 at 2:17 pm

I saw something on eyewitness news and the project is a go!!!

stang119 on July 1, 2012 at 10:57 am

According to the most recent Bronx Journal News, the property has been sold and the theatre is going to be demolished to make room for some sort of major shopping plaza. That leaves only three theatres for the entire borough! BTW I live in the area and the picture above is about a mile away from the actual site!

DARCYDT on October 23, 2011 at 9:52 pm

First film I saw here was “All of Me” in 1984 and last was “Mr. Magoo” in 1997. Also remember seeing here such epics as Titanic, Amistad, Dances with Wolves and the Postman, the last 2 starring Kevin Costner. Moved out of the Bronx in 98.

Bway on May 26, 2009 at 8:11 am

A few multiplexs I know increased the amount of screens they had by cutting larger ones in half.

Meredith Rhule
Meredith Rhule on December 18, 2008 at 7:05 pm

I was their projection technician, as with all theaters in New Jersey and New York, until I got enough sense to quit. Theaters were split and added. It was running good when I left.

Movieguy718 on September 2, 2007 at 12:54 am

I lived in the neighborhood when this place opened as a ten-plex. It was actually very nice and had 4 large (500 seat) auditoriums and 6 small, single aisle auditoriums. It went to 12 by splitting two of the big houses and then to 14 by splitting the remaining two big houses. I happened by there recently and it is not pretty…
Anyone know how the Bay Plaza is these days? THAT was a GREAT thater when it had just 10 screens…

Bway on January 18, 2007 at 9:35 am

Most of the standard NA multiplexes were built similarly. They had larger theaters (which were like double-smaller theaters). After some years, many of the larger theaters were cut in half to form more smaller ones.
If you picture the typical NA auditorium, you will notice that to get into the auditoriums, you have a little alcove, and on your left will be the door to one theater, and on your right will be the door to to another theater. The original large auditoriums had the same alcove and two doors on either side, except both sets of course led into the same large theater. When they added more theaters, they just cut many of those larger ones in half.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on January 18, 2007 at 9:18 am

This wouldn’t be the first time National Amusements added on to an existing multiplex; they did the same after the success of their originally six-screened multiplex on the site of the old Sunrise Drive-In Theater in Valley Stream, NY. Of course, even after they added on to that building, they later proceeded to carve up existing rooms to create even more screens over the years. The same pattern might have been followed here.

ArchStanton007 on January 18, 2007 at 8:04 am

I believe they constructed additional auditoriums.

fred1 on January 18, 2007 at 8:00 am

same with this theater,they spilt up their larger theaters to make into narrow shoebox theaters.

Bway on January 18, 2007 at 7:33 am

Did they actually build more auditoriums, or did they cut bigger ones in half to make the 14? I know at the NA Brookhaven Multiplex (now demolished), they cut a few larger auditoriums in half to create the 14 theaters it had at it’s end. They never built on to the existing building.

ArchStanton007 on January 18, 2007 at 6:43 am

It opened as 10 plex and was successful enough that 2 more screens were added soon after.

It is written up in Sumner Redstone’s biography in regard to him being the only corporate member favoring construction of this theater due to silly fears about the entire borough’s leftover 1970’s urban blight reputation. This theater did very, very well to the surprise of many in National Amusements.

Several years later General Cinema also woke up about the money to
made in the Bronx and opened it’s Bay Plaza complex at Co-Op City just up the road.

Bway on January 18, 2007 at 5:55 am

I guess they named it “Whitestone” because of the proximity to the Whitestone Bridge. I guess it doesn’t really matter what the name is, people wanting to go to that theater will look up whatever name it is in the paper, and then go to it. It could be called “Los Angeles” Multiplex, and if it’s their, that’s it’s name, and people will look it up in the paper.

fred1 on January 18, 2007 at 5:18 am

The theater on the other side of the Whitestone bridge is called College Point Multiplex Cinemas . If you check the zip code it’s 11357 not 11356 which is College Pt.

fred1 on January 18, 2007 at 5:15 am

The National Amusements theater on the other side of the Whitestone bridge is is call College Point Multiplex Cinemas . If you check the zip call you’ll see 11357 not 11356 which is College Pt.