Loew's Paradise Theatre

2413 Grand Concourse,
Bronx, NY 10468

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stang119 on September 22, 2009 at 4:09 pm

Sorry, But the above website provided by Rabbit is not for the Loew’s Paradise, but a cabaret theatre in Florida.
I live near the Paradise and drive by often and it’s just sitting there waiting to be vandalized. I grew up going to that theare in the ‘50s, '60s & 70s and after all the work put in to restore it, to see it not being used is heartbreaking. Does ANYONE know anything about what’s really going on there?

rabbitlaz on September 13, 2009 at 1:10 pm

Hi everybody. Well, it looks like the Paradise is rising once again. I drove by the theatre today, and was amazed to see a concert banner up for a show on October 24th. They also have a new website; paradisetheaterevents.com. The website looks like it’s still under construction, as none of the links are working yet, but they do list some upcoming performers.

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That recent NYT article raised questions about the Paradise’s current status. Statements like “now home to sports events and concerts with a Latin beat” and “under the name Utopia’s Paradise Theater the space plays host to boxing matches and other events” suggest that the theatre is open and thriving. Could that be true? If not, the NYT should run a correction.
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floridaboy54 on August 23, 2009 at 1:39 pm

Thank you Mr. Lundy, for providing the link to the slideshow. Now I want to visit the Bronx. The Grand Concourse is indeed a grand concourse!

movieguy on August 23, 2009 at 3:21 am

IT is TERRIBLE that 12 MILLION+ was spend to bring THIS WONDERFUL palace back to how it was in its heyday.Since July 08 it has been sitting UNUSED bc of incompetent management.

Lets hope it will re-open under skilled hands and have a wider scale of events!

jflundy on August 22, 2009 at 12:02 pm

Warren G. Harris has provided this link to the NYT which gives a color slide tour of the Paradise. Just click on the Paradise icon to start the slide show once you get to the start page.
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Ziggy on August 17, 2009 at 1:17 pm

Yes, and the Uptown in Chicago suffered terrible damage simply because someone didn’t heat the building through the winter. Let’s hope whoever is in charge of the Paradise has the foresight, and the budget, to keep the thermostat at least at 58 degrees.

floridaboy54 on August 14, 2009 at 9:50 pm

I don’t know what the present status of the Paradise is. If the theatre is vacant, I only hope that the new owners have the good sense to “winterize” the building. Remember what happened to the Kings when the pipes burst?

seymourcox on July 25, 2009 at 1:20 pm

These 1971 color shots come courtesy of LIFE photo collection,
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Bway on May 18, 2009 at 9:04 am

Is the Paradise “closed”?
I don’t think anything is even booked for a while in it.

LuisV on April 20, 2009 at 1:55 pm

Let’s hope they will have greater success. The Paradise should be viewed by New Yorkers as a crown jewel of a performing arts space. Instead, due to mismanagement, most New Yorkers don’t even know that this theater had been beautifully restored. Loew’s 175th Street is now a premier concert hall as is the newly renovated Beacon. The Loew’s Jersey continues to make progress and the St. George in Staten Island is also booking a lot of events. It’s time for The Paradise to join in!

EcRocker on February 22, 2009 at 6:32 pm

i wonder how his “Hollywood” wife Kathy can live with him or her self just being associated with a man like her husband.
As far as I can tell the theatre is still closed and no future bookings. The official web site is down as well.

$25 Million dollars to restore this palace and it takes one asshole to ruine it.

EcRocker on February 22, 2009 at 4:34 pm

Yup I guess he is not liked excepte for maybe his “Hollywod” wife

Bwayniteowl on February 22, 2009 at 2:08 pm

It seems that the Mr. Gentile is not very liked man in Norwich, Conn. An editorial in TheDay.com about the Norwich Hospital project of which Gentile was a party to. It refers to Gentile as “hucksterish.”

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EcRocker on January 27, 2009 at 8:50 pm

It sure is BNO. $25 Million to renovate this beautiful palace to it’s formor glory and to screw people who wanted to make a go of the place is bad. The report said that Gentile was still using the liquor license that belongs toGabriel Boter. If something would have happened Botter would have been responcible for it. I wonder if gentile had some problems having it put in his or his corporations name.

Bwayniteowl on January 27, 2009 at 7:22 pm

Good report, Rocker, thanks. Clears up the Mossberg issue, Gentile is Mossberg. The whole thing remains a pretty sorry state of affairs.

EcRocker on January 27, 2009 at 9:36 am

Ok this is the 3rd time I am posting this and I have been logged on the other 2 times

Looks like Joe Gentile is not a very liked man in the Bronx. The following link is a news report from Nov 2 2008 from channel 9 news reporter Brenda Flanagan.

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LuisV on January 27, 2009 at 9:29 am

I’m hoping that this theater is foreclosed on by the city of New York for non payment of taxes. Then, it can be sold to a real operator who will use this showplace as it was meant to be used: A Showplace for the residents of The Bronx…..and beyond!

From most of the comments above, it won’t be long before a bank or the city take action on the current owners.

Bwayniteowl on January 26, 2009 at 10:21 pm

718 563 2222 is listed as the number of Mossberg Credit Services. Mossberg is the company that sued Gerald Lieblich in 2008.

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Mossberg Credit Services demands $25 million from The First Paradise Theaters Corp., alleging fraud and breach of contract. Also sued in New York County Court are Paradise Theater Productions Inc., Paradise Theater Productions LLC, Hasan Biberaj, Gerald Lieblich, Richard Boter, Gabriel Boter, and Gloria Boter.

Perhaps the theatre is now in the hands of a creditor.

movieguy on January 26, 2009 at 9:03 pm

I would be very surprised if ANY shows take place at The Paradise in the near future. I got the same answer in July, Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov. “We are booking shows for the fall and beyond”

Unless a new management company takes over operation of this GRAND PALACE, NO SHOWS WILL BE OPENING HERE!

EcRocker on January 26, 2009 at 6:13 pm

718-563 2222 is a phone number for the theatre i found on the ripoff report site. It is a working number and I spoke to a guy who said he was the sales manager and that they are in the process of booking shows for the spring and summer. For whatever reason though the web site is not functioning.

When I saw the restored interior of the Paradise I was taken a back because it looks almost identicle to the former Loews 46th st in Brooklyn. The big difference is that the Paradise is restored and the 46th st is still a friggin furniture store.

And for some of you who posted links on here most of them are no longer working.

Bwayniteowl on January 1, 2009 at 10:30 am

There was the Bronx Democratic Cavalcade Of Comedy in late Sept.

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Bwayniteowl on January 1, 2009 at 9:50 am

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Translated by Google

CAN get what you needed. On Sunday 31 August, 2008 in “The Paradise Theater.” 2403 Grand Concourse esq. 187 St. Bronx, NY 10468. Near Forhand Road. The International Preacher with Neil Velez, FATHER TEOFILO RODRIGUEZ, JOHN Father Mario Montoya, FLAVINHO, Missionaries of Jesus, the involvement of youth groups, there will be a ‘THEATER OF THE MINISTRY MOJ, Dance, and so much more.
Especially now that the Holy Spirit, moving in your life and your heart to bless, heal, rejuvenate, free and give you peace that you need in the name of Jesus. For more information click: http://www.misionerosdejesus.org

beardbear31 on December 31, 2008 at 11:47 pm

I would assume Bwayniteowl’s source would be on the banner in Lost Memory’s recently posted picture of the Paradise…“domingo de milagros” translates to “Sunday of miracles” and the picture of the preacher and audience on the banner strongly points to that also

stevebob on December 31, 2008 at 4:07 pm

“It would appear …” from what? For the benefit of those of us to whom that comes as news, what’s the source of your information?