Allerton Theatre

744 Allerton Avenue,
Bronx, NY 10467

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Allerton Theatre

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Opened in 1927, the Allerton Theatre was equipped with a Kramer theatre organ. In 1946, John Eberson’s firm undertook alterations to the building.

The theatre was later converted into a triple screen cinema in 1979 and continued in operation until 1993.

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br91975
br91975 on June 5, 2008 at 9:59 am

Thank you for that information, bx11211; is the Payless Shoe Store still there? Has the theatre structure behind the stores been converted for other uses?

Jeffrey1955
Jeffrey1955 on June 5, 2008 at 10:20 am

The street view photos on Google Maps and the Bird’s eye View photos on LiveSearch both show Payless still there, and those appear to be fairly recent. Interestingly, viewing the building from the rear in the Live Search Bird’s eye View (http://tinyurl.com/3ocwn6) you can see that the theater building has a stepped roof that actually peaks in the middle, rather than at one end — which seems kind of curious to me.

Jeffrey1955
Jeffrey1955 on June 5, 2008 at 10:28 am

Whoops, sorry — that link didn’t seem to work; go to http://maps.live.com, put in 744 Allerton Ave, Bronx, NY as the location, and choose Bird’s eye View; you’ll see the building on the south side of Allerton.

BX11211
BX11211 on June 5, 2008 at 1:00 pm

thr majority of the movie theatre is the cvs pharmacy cruger avenue on the side street would have been behind the movie screen and the emergency exits

vladimir
vladimir on March 2, 2009 at 11:03 am

I spent many hours at the Allerton Theater in the fifties; along with the Globe and the Pelham, it was one of the three places we saw movies in the neighborhood. Most memorable: Land of the Pharoahs in 1955.

reaper640
reaper640 on May 4, 2009 at 7:00 pm

When I moved into Parkside Projects as a kid in 1973 I saw “The Exorsist” at the Allerton. It was my first time in the theater and it was huge. I spent my teen years watching movies like “The Taking of Pelham 123”, “Serpico”, the original “Texas Chainsaw Massacre"My friends and I were there every Saturday, two movies and a cartoon for $1.25 (kids). I also remember the lady at the consession stand. Short old lady with a beehive hairdoo. She never smiled. I also remember sneaking in the rear emergency exits on Cruger Ave. My friends and I would pry open the doors and run into the theater during a show on a Saturday afternoon. Light would flood into the theater and we would all spread out into the seats. (Yea, I was one of those retards) As per the above posts, yea, after they changed it into a triplex it just wasn’t the same. The theaters were long and narrow, like a large hallway. I have many fond memories of growing up in the Bronx in the 1970s and the "original” Allerton Movie Theater will always have a place in them.

kasiecav
kasiecav on May 5, 2010 at 3:09 pm

When I was a kid in the 1950s' the price of admission was 26 cents. For this price on a Saturday afternoon, you got 2 movies, 5 cartoons, & of course, coming attractions. It was a great place to spend the day. They were very strict regarding behavior & wouldn’t hesitate to toss you out. You weren’t allowed to bring in what we called “polly-seeds” since the shells would stick to the floor. They also had sweepstakes of a sort when they gave out dish ware etc.

DARCYDT
DARCYDT on May 30, 2011 at 8:29 am

I remember seeing Born American starring Chuck Norris' son Mike here in 1986.

stang119
stang119 on July 1, 2012 at 11:01 am

The Payless store was the entrance and lobby. The CVS is the auditorium

Markiebee800
Markiebee800 on September 17, 2012 at 9:12 pm

I’m confused.. Is the Allerton & Barnes the same theatre?? I remember seeing Class of 1990 w/ a date when I was in H.S then went across the street to a Chinese Restaurant. It was on Allerton, a couple of blocks from the 2train Station

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