Burnside Theatre

57 E. Burnside Avenue,
Bronx, NY 10453

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 4, 2014 at 9:50 am

The October 21, 1922, issue of The American Contractor said that architect Eugene DeRosa was taking bids on the general contract for a theater and store building to be built at the northeast corner of Burnside and Walton Avenues. John J. Dunnigan was the associate architect for the $150,000 project.

This house must have opened in 1923. lostmemory said that’s when the organ was installed.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 7, 2008 at 4:59 pm

Apparently it wasn’t.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 7, 2008 at 4:16 pm

Here is an excerpt from a NYT article dated 9/2/61:

BRONX LANDMARK TO BE DEMOLISHED; Burnside Theatre Site to Get Apartment House

September 2, 1961, Saturday

The property at the northeast corner of East Burnside and Walton Avenues, the Bronx, which contains Loew’s Burnside Theatre and five stores, has been sold by the theatre chain. Title has been taken by the buyer in the name of the Burnside Realty Company, representing Joseph S. Rosenblum, a realty investor and builder, and Fechter, Schneider and Spector.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on June 4, 2008 at 8:48 am

And here are lots more theatre photos, thanks to the sterling efforts of the owners of the Back in the Bronx website:View link

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on August 28, 2006 at 3:01 am

Some old and shuttered theatres in the Bronx have been used for illegal fighting matches between roosters or dogs. Now and then they get raided by the police, but, unfortunately, the matches still continue.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 27, 2006 at 2:41 pm

I went inside the Rite Aid store and it uses all the former foyer space and could well extend a little into the rear orchestra area of the auditorium (but certainly not too far in). Unfortunately, the roller shutter was down on the stage end of the auditorium, as can be seen on the third photo, so I have no idea what that huge ‘hulk’ is being used for. Maybe storage?

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on August 27, 2006 at 1:29 pm

Ken, it looks like the Rite Aid store is separate from the Burnside’s auditorium. What, if anything, is the auditorium used for?

charliek
charliek on September 12, 2004 at 10:20 am

Thanks again to Damien Farley for posting links to my pics of this huge old theatre building. To see the web page from which the pics were taken, click here:
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bamtino
bamtino on June 23, 2004 at 10:42 pm

A 1940s image of the theatre can be found here:
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Not demolished, according to these photos. The auditorium structure appears to still exist and the lobby is home to a Rite Aid Pharmacy:
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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on February 1, 2004 at 1:55 pm

According to a story in the Bronx Home News, the Burnside first opened on January 31st, 1924, and was the 40th Loew’s theatre in the Greater New York area and the circuit’s 100th throughout the USA. Marcus Loew himself attended the opening night festivities, accompanied by Pearl White, Eddie Cantor, Olga Petrova, Faye Marbe, Monty Banks, and many other celebrities of the era, plus a contingent of showgirls from the Ziegfeld Follies. The movie shown was “Thy Name Is Woman,” directed by Fred Niblo, who was in the audience and stepped on stage at the end to thunderous applause.

William
William on November 18, 2003 at 9:48 am

This theatre was part of the Loew’s chain.