Olympic Theater Concert Hall

851 Prospect Avenue,
Bronx, NY 10459

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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

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?

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/

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

Photo of the Prospect in the day uploaded.

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?

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.

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.

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

Pretty sad looking photo Andrew.

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

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

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?

awertz
awertz on September 29, 2009 at 12:44 pm

here’s a picture i took of it last week:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/awertz/3963814745/

thanks for all the great history and old photos!

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on April 21, 2009 at 12:43 pm

Actually, when I click on a link from the April 08 comment I can get to all areas of the church web site. For some reason my December comment takes me to a bunch of dead links. But, they still don’t have any mention of the theatre project linked to the main ministry site. This would seem to suggest the project has stalled.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on April 21, 2009 at 12:31 pm

The church web site is no longer completely functional. It would appear that they gutted the theatre, than stopped upon realizing they did not have the funds to carry out their urban paradise concept. At least the group working on the Elmwood had the money to follow through on their grand designs.

This a text book case of grandiosity, short-sightedness and poor planning. They could’ve been holding services in the auditorium. Now, perhaps, they are running from unpaid contractors.

meredithlee
meredithlee on April 18, 2009 at 8:11 am

The exterior of the Prospect can be seen in the 1982 Italian slasher classic NEW YORK RIPPER. There’s a quick shot at night with the marquee lit up, and a shot in the day where a character comes down the elevated train stairs and walks by the theater and then around the corner. If I can pull a still from the DVD I’ll try to post it.

LuisV
LuisV on February 15, 2009 at 2:31 pm

So, has the church finished “Raping” the old Prospect Theatre?

Hopefully, they ran out of money before too much damage could be done.

ralicea1
ralicea1 on December 26, 2008 at 6:37 pm

Passed by there yesterday and it’s still abandoned. Looks nothing like the renderings featured on the tabernacle website. Pretty sad seeing it like that.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on December 19, 2008 at 4:39 pm

They have begun to ravage the building:

View link

Scroll through the photo sequence and you’ll see what I am talking about.

Forgive me for saying so, but I think anyone who believes “the Lord” would want them to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars destroying an attractive and recently-renovated historical building doesn’t understand the concept of religion. Think of all the outreach ministries they could have sponsored with that money.

LuisV
LuisV on June 3, 2008 at 9:50 am

Ugh!!!! This is disgusting! I agree with KenRoe that many chrches have made adaptive reuse of theaters in a way respectful of the original architecture and history of the building. Paramount among these are Reverend Ike’s Loews’s 175th Street theater, The Tabernacle of Prayer’s Loew’s Valencia in Jamaica, Queens and The Rock Fellowships Loew’s Elmwood in Elmhurst, Queens. There are several excellent examples in Brooklyn as well, but this is a travesty. I can only hope that YngBronxite was being sarcastic with his “very nice” comment.

I understand that not every theater can be saved and that not all purchasers of historic theaters will have the will (or the money) to restore them. This will be one of the theaters that should be marked pretty much as demolished as virtually nothing but the overall shape of the old structure will be preserved.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on April 17, 2008 at 6:16 am

Normally, ‘church use’ for a former theatre is considered a good and caring use, and great care is taken to retain the historic elements. There is only one word to describe the plans for the Olympic Theater….‘Gutted’.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on April 17, 2008 at 5:53 am

Well, considering that it sounds like they want to strip the place, I have to respectfully disagree on the “Very nice!” comment.

botcyot
botcyot on April 16, 2008 at 10:56 pm

Hey to those wanting to know more about the current status of the theater, just check out View link

This is the church that purchased the building and on the website are a few pictures of what their plans are. Very nice!
God Bless!

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on December 19, 2007 at 10:30 am

I haven’t seen the film AUGUST RUSH, but I’m curious how the Fillmore East was depicted in the film. I understand that both interiors and exteriors of this theatre were used to stand in for the Fillmore in the flick. I see they dressed up the Olympic’s marquee to look like the Fillmore East, but the facade bears absolutely NO resemblance to the fabled concert hall’s edifice. Did they use CGI to complete the illusion, or did they leave the Olympic’s facade as-is to depict the theatre as a long vacant site?

455cpw
455cpw on November 16, 2007 at 9:37 am

Charlie I’m sending you an email from my personal hotmail account. Definitely would like to view them.
Thanks again.

charliek
charliek on November 16, 2007 at 8:55 am

Hi In Charge,

Yes, my site is down, and may never get back up. Earthlink unplugged me due to a billing dispute (about which I’m still really steamed). One of their “call center representatives” gave me some bad info earlier this year, resulting in overcharges I refused to pay. Fortunately, I saved the theater pics to my hard drive. Unfortunately, the links in my post no longer work, and I feel bad about that. I’d be happy to send any of my pics via e-mail to anyone who asks. E-mail me at:

455cpw
455cpw on November 16, 2007 at 8:42 am

Hey Charlie,
Love your commentary and insight, your one of those OGs (Original Gangstas, as we say- different meaning of Gangsta of course) that I love to run into in the park or walking the street in the summer time. Provide history and wisdom about our community (Bronx, NYC).
Question: is your site down or what – I can never see the page when I click the link.