Loew's Paradise Theatre

2413 Grand Concourse,
Bronx, NY 10468

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Bway
Bway on March 27, 2013 at 9:27 pm

I never understand all the mocking that takes place in regard to the Loews Valencia. Sure, it would be nicer if it was a theater again, and it is “sad” that it’s a church instead of such, but this church has saved the Valencia. While yes, the colors they painted the interior are garish at best, what would you rather have, the interior gutted into a drug store or something instead? or worse, leveled? The Valencia is completely intact, maintained, and good shape. Who cares if the colors are garish….all that beautiful plasterwork could be gone instead, and prescriptions sold there instead.

Willburg145
Willburg145 on March 24, 2013 at 4:42 pm

Most people don’t want to go to the Bronx and there’s limited parking.

LuisV
LuisV on December 4, 2012 at 7:14 am

Agreed Ed, the Loews 175th has been quite successful as a concert venue. It has been so for decades though it is not the primary purpose of the space. The Kings is by far a better location than the Paradise. I have no doubt that the Kings has a much better chance at success. In addition, the owners of the Paradise were terrible managers. The people in charge of the Kings are very experienced.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on December 4, 2012 at 5:15 am

Tinseltoes, the only advantage I would give to the Kings over the Paradise is that of location. While the Kings isn’t exactly in the prime downtown area, seems to me that Brooklyn on the whole has a better reputation as a destination for cultural activities than the Bronx. And this is not to denigrate the Bronx, which is the borough from which my parents and grandparents hail, but I just don’t think it has the same appeal as Brooklyn. And the United Palace is first and foremost a church. I think a deal was arranged for concerts there, primarily as a temporary replacement for the Beacon, while the latter was undergoing its extensive renovations. While sporadic bookings have continued, I don’t think it was ever seriously positioned as a competitor of the Beacon’s and other downtown venues.

LuisV
LuisV on December 3, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Though I despise churches, there are many examples where they prove to be great stewards of our glorious palaces. The Hollywood in midtown, the Loews 175th Street in Washington Heights and the Stanley in Jersey City but just a few excellent examples. That said, I am saddened that this theater is becoming a church. Of course, it is a successful church. They bought an old Christ Scientist church on W. 96th and Central Park West that was also a landmark and have respected that architecture. This particular church worships money so in theory they will not skimp on their infrastructure. They need to project affluence to get it.

stang119
stang119 on December 2, 2012 at 9:47 am

Uh oh! According to today’s Daily News (12-2-12) the Paradise has been leased to The World Changers Church of New York. At least it’s a televangelist church so us theatre lovers can get glimpses of this majestic house on TV. Here is a link to the article: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/bronx/world-changers-church-new-york-occupy-paradise-article-1.1211185

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on November 5, 2012 at 4:14 pm

A fire apparently started by welding going on at the Paradise on November caused at least some smoke damage. View article

DavePrice
DavePrice on August 30, 2012 at 10:26 am

Can anyone tell me if the Paradise still had vaudeville acts between the pictures in 1947?

TLSLOEWS- good to see you so far from Nashville.

Thanks-

stang119
stang119 on April 2, 2012 at 5:48 am

OMG! I actually have a copy of this LIFE magazine! Thanks for the reminder.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on April 1, 2012 at 5:45 pm

Link to Life Magazine, then scroll through to pages 57, etc. There are a lot of other interesting articles in this special nostalgia issue. (Just close the pop-up offer to join.)

Astyanax
Astyanax on August 12, 2011 at 9:38 am

Since I don’t get into the Bronx often was curious how often this venue was in use.

MorganT
MorganT on May 10, 2011 at 3:44 pm

Hey Guys,

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Lenox
Lenox on April 30, 2011 at 2:03 pm

In 1964 my then girlfriend Joan Clarke and I spent our very first date at this theatre .

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on August 11, 2010 at 11:15 am

Nice video link Tinseltoes Thanks.

stang119
stang119 on August 8, 2010 at 8:57 pm

Great photos. Now if only more events were scheduled there.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on August 8, 2010 at 1:45 pm

Boxing at the Paradise.Nice photos.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on May 27, 2010 at 6:30 pm

Thanks MichealDJ,Iould like to see that.

Michael D. Jackson
Michael D. Jackson on May 27, 2010 at 5:32 pm

The TV show SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE had auditions in this theatre featured on the first episode of the 2010 season.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on April 27, 2010 at 11:22 am

Very nice photo Chuck.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on April 22, 2010 at 6:43 pm

Very cool photos Brad Smith,from Terry Smith A.K.A. TLSLOEWS on C.T.

Brad Smith
Brad Smith on April 22, 2010 at 5:27 pm

Click on the year for photographs taken of Loew’s Paradise Theatre in 1930 and 1932 by George Mann of the comedy dance team, Barto & Mann.

rabbitlaz
rabbitlaz on March 14, 2010 at 9:25 am

I actually had tickets, to what was to be opening night on Friday. According to the guy at the box office, there was some kind of dispute between the performance group and the promoter (maybe money-related.) I had no problems getting a full refund.

johndereszewski
johndereszewski on March 14, 2010 at 7:50 am

Hope this does not prove to be too big of a set back for this wonderful theater.

Being a Brooklyn boy, I only made it to the Paradise on one occasion. It was during the mid-1970’s, when I was dating a women from Inwood and Fordham Road was still a lively place on a Saturday night. By that time, the Paradise had already been divided, and would probably close soon thereafter. While I do not at all remember the movie that we saw, I was definitely dazzled by the sheer opulence of the place, even in its less than pristine state. Since the film we saw was being screened in the theater situated in the balcony, we also had a birds eye view of the beautiful ceiling.

So I hope the Paradise will soon rebound from this setback, and I hope to make it back some day.

stang119
stang119 on March 14, 2010 at 5:27 am

Does anyone know why the show was cancelled?