Loew's Paradise Theatre

2413 Grand Concourse,
Bronx, NY 10468

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JimRankin on April 4, 2004 at 4:41 am

That is the situation about restrictive ordinances as disclosed in that landmark book: “The Best Remaining Seats…” by the late Ben M. Hall.

IanJudge on April 3, 2004 at 9:40 pm

It is my understanding that due to restrictive zoning codes on the Grand Concourse, the Loew’s Paradise never had an overhanging marquee like most other theatres. All early photos of it show it without any kind of awning.

MarcoAcevedo on April 3, 2004 at 6:42 pm

Are there any early shots of the Paradise with a marquee? I’d only known it without one. Maybe it ws “modernized” in the early 60s?

MarcoAcevedo on March 29, 2004 at 11:08 am

When I was a kid in the 60s and 70s Fordham Road at the Grand Concourse was indeed the place to shop. I remember getting a first real sense of “cosmopolitan” there. Grand Concourse had an almost European stateliness, and the Paradise was the crowning jewel there, even at that late a date. My dad, now a simple barber in semi-retirement in Florida, took a hairstyling course at the ABC styling school right up the block from the theater, back in the 70s heydey of Warren Beatty’s “Shampoo” and the John Travolta blown-back D.A. A few years before he had taken me to see The Ten Commandments there on the annual Easter screening, one of my formative experiences. The theater was still a single screen at the time, and it was quite a spectacle to see the teeming multitudes in the orchestra level below (we were late so could only get balcony seats, but that was allright by me). The place was packed, and I have never seen a movie theater audience of that size ever again, not even for the later blockbusters. It was all spectacle, on the screen, in the great room, on the ceiling, in the monstrous lobby. I vaguely recall satyrs and maidens along balustraded grand staircases and mezzanines. Within a few years the Paradise (as well as the RKO Fordham around the on corner on Fordham Road) had been divvied up, but I was yet able to get a sense of the old grandeur, much diminished, one last time. I took my kid brother to see an Art Carney movie, “The Late Show,” which was playing in the main room on the old balcony level. The collonades on the sides and the sky ceiling were still there, but unlit. That old view of the orchestra was sealed off by a black floor, giving the sense of a bottomless pit. The biggest thrill my brother and I got that day was a teaser trailer for the forthcoming Ralph Bakshi version of The Lord of the Rings!!! complete with ominous Wagnerian music and choirs. No images, just music, crawling type on a black background, and the logo. My personal last thrill at the Loew’s Paradise.

moe1453 on March 26, 2004 at 11:14 pm

Loews Paradise was one of the seven wonders of the world for me growing up in the Bronx during the 50-70's
I remember the goldfish in the lobby fountain, the mysterious ceiling with its moving clouds, such elegance. We would follow up the movies by going to Krums for the best ice cream.

JimRankin on March 25, 2004 at 8:16 am

It is wonderful to keep a positive attitude toward reopening the beloved PARADISE, but we must also be frank in admitting that the odds are not good in this case. It is not that no one appreciates the “acre of seats in a garden of dreams” but the sad reality is that costs today are FAR greater than they were in 1929! At that time, light bulbs were about 5 cents each; today nearly a dollar each. Electricity was about ½ cent per kilowatt hour; today about 10 cents. If you add up the costs of just replacing all the THOUSANDS of lightbulbs in the PARADISE, plus the labor cost, plus the price of the electricity, you see that just one aspect of reopening this beauty is daunting, to say the least. If I had the MILLIONS of dollars to spare, I would take the risk, but the fact is that very few entertainment venues today make a real profit. Most are considered successful if they just meet their costs (taxes, repairs, services, personnel, etc. etc.!) and that is not any inducement to lure big investors who want a return on their investment. The PARADISE would be a wonderful setting for a number of businesses, but the costs to divide, heat and cool (as well as light) such new areas can be overwhelming to small businesses. And these days, the people are different too. In the 20s it was unlikely that significant vandalism could occur, but these days anything that ‘isn’t nailed down’ is up for grabs, and youngsters absolutely delight in seeing just how much damage they do without being seen. No place is safe, and so ornamental a property as a former movie palace is a ripe target to them, sad to say. So, how much more will sufficient security guards add to the already awsome costs?! I shed tears along with all the rest of you at the loss of our great movie palace heritage, but I would also hate to be the investor watching his building crumble for lack of enormous funds, while the city taxes it whether it earns money or not, and while battling thieves and vandals at every turn. Anyway, may the glorious PARADISE long continue in some form, despite these problems!

robdem1212 on March 20, 2004 at 7:46 pm

i graduated from walton hs 1971 and ceremonies were held at the loew’s. any comrades out there who would like to reminisce, e mail is moved out of ny many years ago, but still woefully homesick. do we need financial backing to renovate our beloved landmark? any info welcome. you may forward this appropriately. thanks and good luck to us.

cinemabuffet on March 8, 2004 at 10:56 am

The Paradise Theatre was a wonderful place! I wish I personally had the funds to bring it back to it’s previous luster, but even if I could, I don’t know if there were many who could appreciate it as it was. Going to the cinema was as much a part of the experience as the film itself.

I remember when I first went with my mother and stepfather. I took off up the stairs ahead of them and entered an auditorium that was decorated to resemble an outdoor coliseum, under a starlight sky; statues lined the wall. I couldn’t begin to tell you what was playing. I was so taken by the place, I payed little attention to the movie.

I’ve mentioned to my wife how wonderful a place the Paradise Theatre was and I wish she could have had the privilege to see it. That place held alot of fond memories for me and I suppose whatever they decide to do with it — movie or concert hall — it’ll do the same for another generation.

It would be a shame for such a place to fall to neglect and decay.

pjacyk on February 21, 2004 at 11:04 am

The Paradise Robert-Morton theatre pipe organ is being intalled in Loew’s Jersey by the Garden State Theatre Organ Society. Details at http://www.gstos.org/wonder.htm

When it plays for a concert, hopefully within 1-2 years, it will sure uncover any loose plaster. A huge sound !!! Most of the organ has been installed and some of it is already playing if you operate it from within the chamber.

foxmetro on February 13, 2004 at 12:45 pm

As a child in the late 40’s and early 50’s I went to the Paradise.
My high school graduation to place there too.
The Paradise, with the moving clouds and stars was by far, one of my
greatest movie experiences.

MarcoAcevedo on February 13, 2004 at 2:27 am

Reading the postings and the articles here is killing me. This theater is, for me, the living embodiment of what this website is all about: the hope and dream of salvaging a past that is so near for many of us and yet so far. If they do reopen the Paradise, I’m there on the first night. I don’t care if it’s a church service or a Salsa concert. Just to relive such a gorious part of my childhood will probably have me blubbering like a baby.

Vlad J Greenpoint
Vlad J Greenpoint on February 1, 2004 at 9:29 pm

Duplicated from /theaters/1381/

Okay heres some self-promotion or plugging(as we say in showbiz):

I actually supply Boulevard Drinks at 48 Journal Square (next door to the Loew’s Jersey) with their Orange, Lemon-Lime, Lemonade, Grape, Fruit Punch, Pina Colada drinks. I recommend enjoying a nice hotdog and one of my delicious beverages..Spiro will hook ya up!

Seriously nothing can be better than watching a cinema classic and then walking 10 feet away and enjoying a hot dog and a drink…I have done it plenty of times myself and enjoyed it each time.

The theatre has a website:

Vlad J Greenpoint
Vlad J Greenpoint on February 1, 2004 at 9:15 pm

Borrowed from /theaters/1381/

Also known as Loew’s Paradise. This Grand Concourse movie palace still stands. Plans to restore are in limbo. The organ console is now at the fully-restored Loew’s Jersey on Journal Square in Jersey City, NJ.

(originally posted by DougDouglass on Aug 4, 2002 at 6:47pm)

Vlad J Greenpoint
Vlad J Greenpoint on February 1, 2004 at 9:06 pm

Speaking of Roger Anthony’s Dec 25 2003 7:16pm posting:

Back in 1997, me and my friend Joey were going to open up a nightclub at this location: “The Double J Lounge”. I was in negotiations with the real estate broker. However my friend’s financing fell through.This has been the norm, as far as our business ventures go: finances usually are non-exsistent…we’re both working-stiffs. The moral of this comment: Starting any business requires sound capital and responsible financing prior to beginning the licensing procedures.

francineS on February 1, 2004 at 10:46 am

edward are you a joaurnalist? if yes for which newspaper you work? can you tell me please, if you are maybe I can help you with some information about lowes paradise.

VincentParisi on January 27, 2004 at 10:35 am

That’s great news. Maybe they will do some movie nights as well!

francineS on January 26, 2004 at 5:17 pm

I passed be the theater recently and a security guard told me that the interior of the theater is almost fully restored and that the theater will open in the summer for major concert events such as pop/latin and rock music. If true, I think it would be a marvelous revival of such a grand space.

VincentParisi on January 22, 2004 at 1:42 pm

One should take heart from BAM amd the Majestic in Brooklyn. This is one area that would hardly be conducive to preserving classic theaters far older than the Paradise. Yet they are thriving. In fact the area is now after many years just starting to turn around, due to many factors of course, but the theaters are an important one. The block that the Paradise is on has landmark status and of course it ain’t over ‘til it’s over.

ncarr23 on January 22, 2004 at 12:18 pm

I came upon this site by accident and had to look up Loews Paradise. I have very fond memories of my Mom taking me and my brother to the movies after a shopping trip to Alexanders. I was sad to see it close. The chances of the Paradise reopening are slim, not because it’s in the Bronx (the Bronx IS great), but because Fordham Rd. saw such a decline in the early ‘90s. Many area businesses small and large failed during that time. The Paradise thrived as long as Fordham Rd. was the place to shop in the Bronx. Too bad…it was a beautiful theater.

edward on January 19, 2004 at 9:00 pm

A New York Times article on the Loews Paradise’s uncertain future:

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Do any interior photos exist of this theatre online?

edward on January 19, 2004 at 8:58 pm

Somewhat recent article on the Loews Paradise’s future:

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Do any interior photos exist of this theatre online?

VincentParisi on January 15, 2004 at 5:10 pm

Let’s face it, all movie palaces are dinosaurs. They were made to cater to the needs of now what seems like another civilization. In our society today not one of them should exist. Yet a few still do because they are great buildings and it doesn’t matter where they are. And hey, you don’t have to see a movie you could just sit there and look up at the stars.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on January 15, 2004 at 3:43 pm

Vincent, there are three major reasons why no one is proposing to reopen this as a theatre again:

  1. It’s in the Bronx.
  2. It’s in the Bronx.
  3. It’s in the Bronx.

No one wants to travel into the Bronx to attend a theatrical performance especially when Manhattan has the world’s most famous theatre district. It obviously can’t work as a movie theatre in the modern world either. It is a dinosaur and unless it is converted to retail it will probably sit there until it crumbles down into its own foundation.

VincentParisi on January 15, 2004 at 11:39 am

From the photo of this theater in the Time Life series This Fabulous Century this has to be one of the greatest theaters left in the country. Does it have any kind of historic protection? I’m amazed that there is not any mobilization of theaters lovers and historic New York lovers doing everything possible to save this glorious building. It’s as if they wanted to tear down the NY Roxy or Paramount or San Francisco Fox all over again. And again nobody gives a damn. So much for the overated renewed appreciaton of our past.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on December 25, 2003 at 6:16 pm

The Paradise closed in 1994. The status above that says “Renovating” is wrong. It’s likely it will never reopen again as the owners are trying to find a tenant to fill the space. While a theatre would be nice, it will probably end up as retail.