Showing 3 comments
THE ROSEDALE was on Westchester Avenue, midway between Beach and St. Lawrence Avenues, closer to the entrance steps to the Pelham Bay line at the St. Lawrence Avenue Station. I, and my family worked there a number of years. It had nothing to do with Rosedale Avenue, which is several blocks away. I can’t identify the store which now occupies the front of the theatre, but it is not at St. Lawrence Avenue, but a couple of stores away toward Beach Avenue. You entered from Westchester Avenue, were seated to the right, facing Beach Avenue, and exited onto Beach Avenue, the doors being on either side of the movie screen.
———-A note to Ray: My oldest brother changed the marquee for a couple of years, and all my girlfriends went to watch him, telling me that he was so “cute”. I never told them he was my brother. I think you missed out, Ray. Sorry you didn’t realize the admiration that went with the job! Ha I remember that ladder!
The last time I saw the Furniture store which took up the seating area of the former Rosedale Theatre, I was saddened to see another part of my childhood changed. My mother and three brothers all worked at the theatre. My Mom was the Children’s Matron (required a license) and was in charge of the Children’s section. Two of my brothers were ushers, the third changed the Marquee, and, when I was old enough (14), I was cashier.
The Rosedale Theatre entrance was located on Westchester Avenue, with a rectangular entrance and lobby. The seats were to the right, and had a low wall backing them, so that you could see the movie from any point once you entered. The exits opened onto Beach Avenue. It was relatively small, about four rows of seats, with a children’s section on the left. Saturday in the 1940’s found all the neighborhood children there to see two major features, a series of cartoons, and the latest adventures of Flash Gordon, the Lone Ranger, and Superman.