Loew's Paradise Theatre

2413 Grand Concourse,
Bronx, NY 10468

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theatrefan
theatrefan on November 2, 2003 at 12:48 pm

The Paradise opened in the Bronx on September 7, 1929. The 3,800 seat auditorium, designed by John Eberson, featured a sky ceiling which included stars laid out in the constellation of Marcus Loews’ astrological birth sign. The Paradise was one of the five Loews’ “Wonder Theatres” so named because each was equipped with identical Robert Morton pipe organs (the “Wonder Mortons”).

Lucysanchez
Lucysanchez on February 10, 2003 at 11:20 am

I loved going to the movies in loews because of the art such as those gargoyles that hung inside and those very high ceilings. I cant wait to see what they do with it now and I cant wait to go inside.

ElisabethAnderson
ElisabethAnderson on December 14, 2002 at 7:37 pm

I used to go to the Paradise in the 1960’s. It was my refuge. I used to stare at the stars, and dream what it would be like when I was on my own. I just loved this place. I hated when they turned it into a multiplex. I look forward to it being renovated, but I am confused, since the website in 2000 said it would reopen soon.

JMarin
JMarin on September 10, 2002 at 4:22 pm

I am 14 years of age and I have went to the Loews Paradise theater during it’s last years. I live near the theater and my mother knew the manager so I got to see films for free. Theaters like this gave me such a love for films. I saw Class Act, Poetic Justice, Coneheads, Passenger 57, The Addams Family, Boomerang and countless other films here. This theater has to be my favorite next to the Ziegfeld Theater in Manhattan. I love the Paradise.

JimRankin
JimRankin on June 4, 2002 at 11:37 am

There is a wealth of information on the fabulous PARADISE in the Bronx in the Annual of 1975 of the Theatre Histrorical Society of America, titled: “Loew’s PARADISE In The Bronx” by the late Michael Miller, past president of the Society. It is 32 pages in length, 8-1/2x11 long format, with 16 black and white photos of the theatre plus many drawings and a portrait photo of its architect: John Eberson. It can be had for $12.50 plus shipping from the society. Details under their sidebar: PUBLICATIONS: ANNUALS> Ordering Information, at: www.HistoricTheatres.org. There is also a nice color rendering of its auditorium in that seminal work in the field: “The Best Remaining Seats: The Story of the Golden Age of the Movie Palace” by the late Ben M. Hall. Out of print, but www.Amazon.com may be able to locate a copy for you. Only the FIRST edition of the book has that color plate, but it is also in another collectable: the hardbound issue of defunct “American Heritage” magazine of October 1961, still to be found at many collector’s and old books stores. The PARADISE is a fabulous super movie palace still standing, and was (along with the Chicago PARADISE THEATRE), the cause of the spread of that name to many structures of lesser stature. Do order the Annual while it is still available, for it may not be reprinted again.