Olympic Theater Concert Hall

851 Prospect Avenue,
Bronx, NY 10459

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Everyone who ever grew up in the South Bronx remembers the Prospect Theatre. It opened November 12, 1910 and was operated by RKO for many years. In the late-1940’s and early 1950’s the Prospect Theatre was operated by the Cinema Circuit Corp. chain.

Restored to its original beauty in 2000, it was used for live peformances as the Olympic Theater Concert Hall until its recent closure in 2006. It was taken over by a church who proceeded to gut the building internally in 2008. They were gone from the building by 2010.

Contributed by Vasilis Papaioanou

Recent comments (view all 39 comments)

TPH
TPH on January 12, 2010 at 9:51 am

Hard to believe that after all the effort that was made to restore this theatre that it remains shuttered. Granted that it sits in a hard-scrabble community, but where is the wide-visioned impressario who can make a venue like this or the Paradise successful. The Loews 175th St. in Washington Heights is now attracting top tier talent such as the Allman Brothers & Bob Dylan. Is no one willing to perform in the Bronx?

GeorgeStrum
GeorgeStrum on March 13, 2010 at 11:03 am

This theatre is in terrible condition. It should be saved.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on August 9, 2010 at 11:28 am

Pretty sad looking photo Andrew.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on August 9, 2010 at 11:45 am

Now the church web site appears to be completely gone.

http://www.alttabernacle.org only leads to a place-holder. All of their content is gone.

Judging by the decisions they made I guess I am not surprised.

bobmarshall
bobmarshall on August 18, 2013 at 10:27 am

Actually, the Prospect Theatre opened on November 12, 1910. I have the “Dedicatory Souvenir (booklet),” listing all the credits for the construction, etc. Reason being, my great-grandfather, Arthur Brounet, did the interior decorations. The introduction went on “…a playhouse that is second to none of the beautiful theatres in Greater New York…the orchestra contains some 570 seats not including boxes; the balcony contains 400, and the gallery, 360.

bdofed405
bdofed405 on February 7, 2015 at 12:34 pm

I love this site and I live in the bronx. I have a great idea for this old theatre. Now the question is, how can I acquire it?

robboehm
robboehm on April 26, 2015 at 5:53 pm

Photo of the Prospect in the day uploaded.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on May 13, 2016 at 6:56 pm

Currently for sale for $4.5 million.

http://www.loopnet.com/Listing/19773768/851-PROSPECT-AVENUE-Bronx-NY/

theaterkev
theaterkev on August 15, 2017 at 8:09 am

I have many photos of this theater which was gutted and is now for sale. I am looking for any materials on this theater or the the one across the street, the President(Arcadia) or down the block, the Burland and the Empire. There is very little material to be found at the NYPL and nothing at the Bronx Historical Society. Anyone know who the architects were for these theaters?

theaterkev
theaterkev on August 16, 2017 at 2:57 pm

I wish to discourage anyone from entering this theater. The stairs have rotted away, there are holes in the floors and outside the building and some are quite deep. I would presume by the loss of one of the water tanks from the south side of the roof, the ladders having fallen off the building etc. It is quite unstable. The walls are in remarkably good shape. I have many more photos and some video but posting to this site is rather slow and I have more photos from other theaters in the New York City area. Does anyone know who the architect was for this theater? There is almost no research available on theaters in the Bronx unless it is the Opera House or the Paradise Theater. That means not at the Bronx Historical and New York Historical Societies, the NYPL Performing Arts branch etc. Thank you for whatever you might have on theaters in the South Bronx

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