Craft Theatre

4420 White Plains Road,
Bronx, NY 10470

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TorstenAdair
TorstenAdair on March 4, 2013 at 10:10 am

A brand new Family Dollar store has just opened on that block: Family Dollar #8656 4412 White Plains Rd. Bronx, NY 10470-1607 Phone: 718-231-2801

The storefront runs all the way to the empty space just south of the Craft Printers shop at 4432 WPR, and replaces the Bondi store seen on Google Maps.

If there was a theater there, it seems to have been remodeled/removed, as the store is rather deep and level.

Richard Mucciolo
Richard Mucciolo on September 19, 2012 at 2:03 pm

Here is the Craft Theatre…my contribution to the archives….

missfedora
missfedora on March 15, 2012 at 2:58 pm

In the 1940s I attended nearby St. Frances of Rome school. After school let out about 3:00 p.m. my friend and I would go to the Craft and give the cashier 25 cents for a ticket to go in and watch two pictures, a cartoon, a newsreel and coming attractions. Sometime in the 60s, I remember attending a wake of a friend and it was held at the funeral home that occupied the space of the former Craft Theater. That was the last time I was in the neighborhood.

TorstenAdair
TorstenAdair on January 30, 2012 at 4:43 pm

I live in the neighborhood, but never ventured up White Plains Road past Nereid Avenue. (Between Nereid and 241st is light industrial and the subway train yard. Not much to see.)

That department store seems to be closed now. I’ll report back if I find out anything new.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on June 20, 2011 at 2:44 pm

If you roll down the street in the google street view just a bit to the left, you’ll see a series of steel roll down gates with a blue sign above reading “Bondi Department Store.” The former Craft Theatre entrance would have been where the widest roll down gate is, to the right of the Bondi sign. Looking at an overhead satellite image, the auditorium structure is still there, running parallel to White Plains Road, behind the Bondi Department Store facade. It is likely that the auditorium is being used by Bondi as part of their floorspace.

The street view should be corrected as I’ve described to get a better view of the former theater site, without the sun glare.

Sontaran6
Sontaran6 on June 19, 2011 at 5:16 pm

I just checked Google Maps. The Sun is in one’s face, so it’s hard to distinguish details. But I think the old building is gone, replaced by a one-floor storefront. Sad! “Craft Printing” is still located up the Road.

missfedora
missfedora on August 5, 2010 at 4:00 pm

As a young boy in the 1940s, I lived at 243rd Street and White Plains Road, and I would go the Craft theater about twice a week and sit through the double features. I think the movies were changed every Wednesday. My mother would go to the Craft on “dish night” when the theater was packed because the patrons were given a dish or a cup. During the 1960s the facility became a funeral home, and I remember attending the wake of a friend of mine.

Sontaran6
Sontaran6 on December 7, 2008 at 2:39 pm

A ghost of the name survives. If one “Google Maps” the block on which the Craft once stood, and “strolls” northward a little way (to, roughly, 4450 White Plains Road), one discovers a little stand-apart shop called “Craft PRINTING”. The “Google Map” street-level photos here are dated 2008.
When I was a kid, during and right after World War II, there was a fascinating “war surplus” storefront just south of the Craft where kids could buy terrific militaria, like Marine Corps insignia and genuine Sergeant’s stripes. I suppose all the “war movies” we saw at the Craft helped business here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 4, 2008 at 6:31 pm

The Craft Theater is listed in 1940 with 562 seats.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 4, 2008 at 6:23 pm

The name of the street should be changed to White Plains Road.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 19, 2008 at 3:51 pm

Here is the updated link for the 1941 photo:
http://tinyurl.com/6qmokg

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 4, 2008 at 7:35 am

This is circa 1941 photo of the Craft Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 27, 2007 at 9:56 am

Ed….This website states that, “This facility is not a funeral home”. Maybe its a showroom and they sell funeral supplies. I’m “lost” with this one. ;)

The DOB website gives an address range of 4412-4430 White Plains Road for this property so there are probably stores located next to the former theater entrance to hide the auditorium in the rear. If you check the violations against this property, you will find that there was a marquee located on this building at one time. It was there in 2000:

Issue Date: 01/13/2000 Violation Category: V* – DOB VIOLATION DISMISSED
Violation Type: CMQ – MARQUEE
Violation Number: 0284 Device No.: 200115
ECB No.:
Infraction Codes:

Disposition:
Code: D – DISMISSED Date: 02/23/2000
Inspector:
Comments: CBS – PAID MARQUEE FEE

In 2003 there is no marquee:

Issue Date: 01/30/2003 Violation Category: V* – DOB VIOLATION DISMISSED
Violation Type: CMQ – MARQUEE
Violation Number: 0239 Device No.: 200115
ECB No.:
Infraction Codes:

Disposition:
Code: D – DISMISSED Date: 01/08/2004
Inspector:
Comments: CMQ – NO MARQUEE AT LOCATION ACCORDING TO INSPECTION REPORT.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on September 26, 2007 at 8:01 pm

Here’s a local.live view looking at the back (or auditorium side wall) and proving that the Craft Theatre building itself is still very much in existence. This is the best view on local.live.com since the main facade and former entrance is obscured by the elevated train tracks on White Plains Road. A recon mission to the site is required to get a look at what remains of the theatre’s original facade elements and – if possible – interior design. I doubt it’ll be easy gaining access to the interior of a funeral home – particularly if there is a service going on. But perhaps the owners can be asked to advise if any of the interior was preserved in the conversion.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 26, 2007 at 7:47 am

4420 White Plains Road has no c/o available online. A real estate search shows a two story building at this address with a build date of 1937. Since the build date did not come directly from the Department of Buildings, I don’t know how accurate it is. The current occupant is Woodlawn Morticians. The building is listed as a store building and not a funeral home. This is one of those buildings that someone in the area needs to take a look at.