Whitestone Multiplex Cinemas

2505 Bruckner Boulevard,
Bronx, NY 10469

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optimist008
optimist008 on June 20, 2017 at 1:23 pm

For sale signs posted again on this property which was first sold by National Amusements in the second largest sale price in NYC for that year for the construction of a Woodbury Commons type outlet mall and it fell through for unknown reasons.

Then a big, big, NYC housing developer bought it for whatever…nothing happened…theater still stands in a borough that remains severely under screened with it’s population the largest ever. Over 100 single screens in the Bronx back in the day !!!

Gabi Gonzalez
Gabi Gonzalez on April 2, 2017 at 9:17 am

Hello fellow movie theater lovers,

I’m doing a project for my photojournalism class at NYU about closed down independent movie theaters in New York. I hope to gain information about people’s past experiences at these movie theaters, recollections of favorite memories or not so great experiences, perhaps economical insight, contacts with owners/managers, etc. On a larger level, I hope my project is able to show the significance of the role that these establishments play in our city and the importance of keeping them afloat.

If anyone would be willing to answer a few questions via email about your personal memories at the theater, please let me know! It could be as simple as recounting a favorite movie you remember seeing back when it was open. I would greatly appreciate your insight.

You can contact me at:

Thanks,
Gabi

theatrefan
theatrefan on December 2, 2016 at 8:29 am

Opening Info From Boxoffice Magazine Januay 1984

Whitestone, N.Y.

The Whitestone Multiplex Cinemas, a new ten-screen complex, opened recently.

The Whitestone located on the site of the former Whitestone Drive-In offers a choice of ten first-run movies under one roof.

The former Whitestone Drive-In was opened in 1949 as a single screen and was twinned in 1978.

It remained an active theatre operation until last year when construction began on the new indoor complex.

The new cinema is located on Bruckner Boulevard and Hutchinson River Parkway and is easy to reach from
all of the metro area.

The Whitestone complex will seat over 4300 people. The cinema site provides acres of free, parking for over 1500 cars.

The Whitestone Multiplex Cinemas are operated by Redstone Management of Boston.

markp
markp on August 15, 2016 at 6:22 pm

3 years is nothing. The old Amboys Multiplex in Sayreville NJ has been sitting empty for 11 years.

amcbayplaza13
amcbayplaza13 on February 25, 2016 at 9:23 pm

They have to convert this theater into a mall

amcbayplaza13
amcbayplaza13 on February 25, 2016 at 9:12 pm

This movie theater has been closed down for 3 year they got to do something

welli
welli on May 5, 2015 at 3:49 pm

I think walmart or costco or bjs at least 1 of them should be there.

optimist008
optimist008 on April 6, 2015 at 3:34 pm

CORRECTION: The story appeared in the Friday, April 3 edition of www.bxtimes.com let’s hope AMC or whomever gets to open up on this site that is begging for a multiplex!!!

optimist008
optimist008 on April 6, 2015 at 3:30 pm

The property is being sold again according to today’s edition of www.bxtimes.com which indicated it could end up as an outlet mall as originally planned but from a new owner.

optimist008
optimist008 on March 1, 2015 at 3:01 pm

fred1,

If you have any friends at Bow Tie, tell them that other areas of the Bronx are ripe for a theater such as the area next to the southbound Deegan above Fordham Road where two new retail projects are emerging. Also, if Regal pulled out of the downtown Yonkers retail project, they should take a look. The planned site is on Nepperhan Ave at New School Street. The area begs for a multiplex and had 3 single screens up until the 1970’s…

fred1
fred1 on February 28, 2015 at 5:35 pm

The Kingsbridge Armroy plan was Bow Tie Cinemas baby

optimist008
optimist008 on December 22, 2014 at 3:52 pm

amcbayplaza13, Thank you for your posting. FYI: The plan for a theater at the planned Kingsbridge Armory Mall died when that project was voted down by the City Council. An ice rink is opening there instead…I thought you said AMC was building a 25 plex at the Whitestone?? Now it’s only going to be 17 screens with IMAX???

optimist008
optimist008 on November 13, 2014 at 8:01 pm

To the above, Regal is considering selling it’s theaters, so for now it’s not likely they are building any new ones. And did you actually hear that they want to build at Hunt’s Point?? Same with Cinemark??

Are you speculating, or did you actually hear this from elsewhere?? National Amusements had planned to build a theater in the original Kingsbridge Armory retail project that was voted down a few years back.

Many Thanks, hope you are right!!!

optimist008
optimist008 on November 12, 2014 at 5:10 pm

It makes sense that another multiplex would open in the Whitestone property. BUT…if AMC does open there, will they still keep their Bay Plaza multiplex???

Another area in the northwest Bronx that absolutely begs for a cinema is in one of those two new retail projects located next to the Deegan Expressway where Stella a Doro used to be.

optimist008
optimist008 on December 26, 2013 at 8:38 am

Heard from an insider that there is a strong possibility of another theater opening here as part of the proposed Paragon Outlet Mall. I am GUESSING it might be National Amusements once again. They could easily squeeze it in as a top floor location or basement multiplex as done with their 161 St location. But this site begs for another theater so badly…

DARCYDT
DARCYDT on July 6, 2013 at 10:06 pm

Is this theater open again? Fandango has all new listings including all 3 wide openers for this week. Number given for theater is a general National Amusements number.

MissAmanda
MissAmanda on June 22, 2013 at 11:51 am

Hail and farewell, dear Whitestone Multiplex. I have many fond memories of this, one of the last of the non-stadium venues.

DARCYDT
DARCYDT on June 19, 2013 at 10:06 pm

Per NetFlix Big Screen Cinema Guide this theater closed June 2013.

DARCYDT
DARCYDT on June 19, 2013 at 9:51 pm

I called the theater after and the message was that this was no longer a working number.

DARCYDT
DARCYDT on June 19, 2013 at 3:25 pm

We drove by today and the outdoor marquee had no films listed. Is this theater closing shortly or has it closed already?

optimist008
optimist008 on June 19, 2013 at 8:51 am

To the above: I wholeheartedly agree with you. The area is now totally ripe for another multiplex. Take your story to the local media, I am curious if any other theater chains have expressed interest in opening up in the same area. A monumental opportunity will exist when the Whitestone closes late summer/early fall as planned.

Rtalavera777
Rtalavera777 on June 19, 2013 at 8:24 am

Our local community is being badly hurt by the loss of the Whitestone. There really are no comparable theaters in our areas. We should have a voice in what goes on so our needs are properly taken into consideration.

fred1
fred1 on April 18, 2013 at 3:08 pm

I think because of the traffic patternand the size of the land that surround the multiplex, I doubt a outlet center will suffice. This area need a strip mall with a Major supermarket .

optimist008
optimist008 on April 18, 2013 at 12:46 pm

Scott,

It is quite doubtful that the planned outlet mall will include a movie theater. Yes, it would be smart given the immense success of the current multiplex, but not likely to occur…

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on April 18, 2013 at 12:16 pm

I’m pretty sure that whatever project they’re planning, it would be smart to include a theatre as an anchor.