Loew's Paradise Theatre

2413 Grand Concourse,
Bronx, NY 10468

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IanJudge on May 18, 2008 at 1:25 am

I have to agree with Warren over this particular issue – misrepresentation can cause all sorts of issues. A theater can have/be a promoter, but not all promoters work for theaters directly. If one of the promoters who occasionally use the theater I operate was to have a signature/moniker of my theater’s name, I would be irate. It is not clear whether that is the case here, but what is very clear is that many people have great affection and hopes for the Loew’s Paradise, including THE PARADISE THEATER.

theINDUSTRYnyc on May 17, 2008 at 2:05 pm

Gentlemen, We had great success with Patti Labelle and friends and will continue to bring THE BEST of THE BEST to the Theater. We hope everyone enjoys the show and welcome all promoters to put the Theater on the map again…in good taste of course

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 17, 2008 at 1:53 pm

Warren, There are no rules regarding what names people log onto as on this site, providing they are not obscene or offensive. ‘THE PARADISE THEATRE’ is quite rightly pointing the way forward on the future of the the Paradise Theater, and drumming up interest for the building. Let’s hope that more shows come our way and keep the building operating.

Last November I toured the building with my group of 60 members of the Cinema Theatre Association (UK) and we were eagerly greeted and welcomed by management and staff of the theatre, who made us feel most at home. If this welcoming attitide is passed onto regular patrons, then the future of the theatre will be even more secure.

theINDUSTRYnyc on May 17, 2008 at 1:27 pm

I’m a promoter and you sir?

theINDUSTRYnyc on May 17, 2008 at 9:18 am

The theater is going towards a new direction and everything is being updated….Stay tuned

rabbitlaz on May 17, 2008 at 9:05 am

Warren, the theater has been having events lately such as boxing and their recent Mother’s Day Show. There is also a hip-hop show coming up. About a month ago, I stopped by the ticket booth to inquire about their website, and the unavailability of same at the time. I was told that the website was being updated, and would be back up soon.

theINDUSTRYnyc on May 16, 2008 at 3:29 pm


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Patrick Crowley
Patrick Crowley on April 2, 2008 at 12:24 pm

Yes, guys. Let’s keep the discussion civil here.

Warren, please refrain from making personal attacks against other users. You may feel justified, but the “be nice” rule applies here. If you don’t have anything nice to say, just don’t comment.

We have the same goal here. Let’s remember we’re using this site to save and document movie theaters… not attack each other.

kencmcintyre on March 31, 2008 at 7:47 pm

If the theater opened in September 1929, I guess they played the Davies film as soon as they opened, unless it was a re-release.

kencmcintyre on March 31, 2008 at 7:22 pm

These two photos are in the Ben Hall book, “Best Remaining Seats”. The exterior photo is circa 1929. No date for the interior view. As always, apologies if these photos have already been posted:

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on February 29, 2008 at 7:12 pm

Thanks, Howard, for posting the “theater vs. theatre” passage from CT’s guides. Hopefully that settles this tempest in a teapot. As for the management of the Paradise mispelling the word… both spellings are acceptable according to the Miriam-Webster and American Heritage dictionaries. No need to insult the folks in charge of the Paradise for no good reason.

And thanks, Ken, for at long last providing a proper and fitting introduction for this great palace!

rabbitlaz on February 28, 2008 at 3:15 pm

Wonderful introductory comments! Just one correction; the interior of the Paradise as well as it’s facade is landmarked.

stevebob on February 28, 2008 at 8:22 am

In an otherwise splendid introduction, I question the description of the renovated Paradise as “a Latino theatre and special events venue.” I don’t quite get that bit, except as relates to the predominant ethnicity of the Fordham neighborhood in which the Paradise is situated.

I haven’t seen anything in the events booked so far — or on the theater’s official website — that would justify describing the Paradise as a specifically Latino venue.

HowardBHaas on February 28, 2008 at 7:00 am

Many thanks are due Ken Roe for the wonderful new Introduction posted yesterday! Previously, there was NO introduction.

HowardBHaas on February 28, 2008 at 6:15 am

I can’t speak for long time advocates of the Paradise, but if somebody came to us (Friends of the Boyd in Philadelphia) and said they’d fund millions for the restoration, but contrary to Opening in 1928 (Boyd Theatre), it will be Boyd Theater, we’d be thrilled!

Any of you harping on this trivial point who didn’t actually fund the restoration of the Paradise? The funds did not come from Loews either (vintage photo posted in Intro.

HowardBHaas on February 28, 2008 at 5:29 am

Ed, as to theater vs US and theatre for the British, no, they did not.

You can find the Guidelines by visiting “Add Theaters”

Theater vs Theatre
When a theater name contains “theatre” or “theater”, use the name provided by the theater in question. Do not deviate from a theater’s official name or listing.
When referring to a theater in the generic sense, always use “theater” â€" unless you are referring to a theater by its name.
For European theaters, as well as those in Australia, the term “cinema” should be used instead of “theater” or “theatre”.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on February 27, 2008 at 8:07 pm

Didn’t Patrick and Ross post a news item recently about new format guidelines for theatre (that’s my choice of spelling for the generic use of the word) descriptions, wherein they formally announced that CT would adopt the American custom of spelling the word with “er” at for US cinemas and with the appropriate “re” for cinemas in the UK? If so, I think that pretty much settles the issue as to the generic use of the word to describe the building. I would think that those guides also apply as defaults for the name of any particular cinema where the “official” spelling of the name can not be verified.

For the Paradise, we do have the official website as our guide – and therefore the “er” prevails.

HowardBHaas on February 27, 2008 at 5:11 pm

I’ve read too many comments above- and on other theater pages, about the “theater” vs. theatre" spelling. ENOUGH! Please- NO more debates about this trivial point. This movie palace was saved, restored, and reopened! That should be enough.

The official website says Paradise Theater, with no “Utopia” in front.

Ziggy on February 27, 2008 at 10:54 am

As far as actually relying on Wikipedia for reliable info, well, I’m still trying to control the laughter on that one. Any doofus anywhere in the world can post whatever he likes on Wikipedia. If you look at the photo of the Paradise Theatre at the top of this page you’ll see what spelling Loew’s preferred. Okay. It’s been fun, and I’m done.

Bwayniteowl on February 26, 2008 at 3:14 pm

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

American and British English spelling differences

Theater is the prevailing American spelling and is used by America’s national theater as well as major American newspapers such as the New York Times (theater section) to refer to both the dramatic arts as well as to buildings where performances take place; yet theatre is also current, witness Broadway and The New Yorker. Some places in the United States have “Centre” in their names (i.e. Rockville Centre, New York), named both before and after spelling reform, and there are very occasional uses of “Center” in England [4]). For British accoutre(ment), US practice varies: Merriam-Webster favours the -re spelling,[27] American Heritage the -er spelling.[28]

Ziggy on February 26, 2008 at 2:58 pm

In short, if you would read my post from 2:32 today, (with apologies to dave-bronx) a building in which theater takes place is called a “T-H-E-A-T-R-E”, and just because someone wants to spell it with an “E-R” on the end, doesn’t change the way the english language works, it just means they aren’t aware of how it works.

Ziggy on February 26, 2008 at 2:54 pm

Well, if by “theater”, they simply mean some corporation that runs and owns the “theatre” then it doesn’t need correcting at all, but if we aren’t even going to insist on correct usage of spelling and words, then why not just call the building “sohjdeijnvaoi”? Words mean things, and the way they are spelled affects (or should eye say “effects”) there meening. Since their iz a write and wrong whey to spell, Y not dew it write?

dave-bronx™ on February 26, 2008 at 2:41 pm

I was always told ‘theatre’ referred to a facility that showed movies, and ‘theater’ was a facility for live stage performances.

Ziggy on February 26, 2008 at 2:32 pm

Actually, the spelling “theatre” refers to the actual physical structure in which the business of “theater” takes place. Someone needs to correct the theatre’s website.