Riverdale Twin

5683 Riverdale Avenue,
Riverdale, NY 10471

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This modern twin cinema was part of a shopping center on Riverdale Avenue near 257th Street in the Bronx. It closed a few years ago, but the flat standalone marquee on the theater’s roof is still visible with a "For Rent" sign on it.

The twin’s closing meant that Riverdale was now without any movie theaters.

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Divinity on December 23, 2004 at 1:14 am

Unfortunately, since much of the east bronx is more suburban, many residents drive to Bay Plaza, or Whitestone, as well as many nearby Westchester theatres. The more cosmopolitan west Bronx residents usually hail a taxi, bus or ride the subway into nearby Manhattan which is only minutes away. Some even venture out by foot. There have been proposals to turn the old Kingsbridge Armory into a multiplex theatre and retail venue. This would be ideal. The building is one of the largest armories in the country and has an underground tunnel that leads all the way to upper Manhattan.

GeorgeStrum on January 28, 2005 at 8:53 pm

As I pass by the building daily it is still a mess. Inside workers are toiling laboriously drilling and ripping up the concrete floor for what who knows? The workers refuse to discuss what is going on.I heard rumors that the theatre may come back.

GeorgeStrum on March 25, 2005 at 10:52 pm

As of the present 3/25/05 there is a work crew currently working on the cement floor. The back of the building is covered with graffiti. The windows are so covered with dirt and grime you can hardly see in. The days of when this building was a theatre now seem a long distant dream.

RobertR on March 26, 2005 at 12:30 am

This theatre did good grosses, does anyone know why it closed?

GeorgeStrum on March 31, 2005 at 9:47 am

From what I imagine it’s possible the grosses weren’t enough to pay the extremely high property taxes. A work certificate in one of the windows now indicates that “refrigeration” work is being done for an incoming “food market”. Neighbors think a kosher meat market or kosher grocery may be coming in to serve the raising Orthodox Jewish population. A revival as a movie theatre no longer seems possible for this site. Chalk it up to history.

GeorgeStrum on December 15, 2005 at 8:15 pm

It is offcial. Today the former Riverdale Twin Cinema begins its new life as Noah’s Kosher Market. Not a trace remains to indicate the former cinema. Treasure your memories if there are any of the former movie house. Perhaps someday, mid-21st century 2050’s say, future planners will again create an entertainment venue like a Phoenix rising anew.

darkpitch on September 17, 2006 at 8:28 am

I remember the last film I saw there was 1997’s “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” and shortly after that it was closed. The building by then was “old” to today’s standards and even by the 90’s with the multiplexes booming. The area is predominantly for retails like supermarkets and Kosher restaurants and markets. I can see why it was closed down. The Westchester multiplexes are around a 30 minute drive, closer to going to Manahattan. One could take the Bee-Line buses to the nearby Cross-County multiplex in a short time so there’s no need to keep that theater. Brings back old memories but not enough to keep it open in today’s economics.

GaryZ7 on May 20, 2010 at 3:56 pm

I began seeing flicks at the Riverdale Cinema in 1968, after my family moved to Riverdale from Washington Heights late that year. It was a small theater, but its atmosphere was cozy and generally quiet—-no rowdy kids. Some early memories: THE NIGHT THEY RAIDED MINSKY’S, WATERLOO, THE LAST PICTURE SHOW, LAST SUMMER, MANHATTAN, many more, even Chaplin’s THE GOLD RUSH. Went there with many a date, too, as well as my wife; I believe the last film we saw in the Riverdale was MR. HOLLAND’S OPUS, in 1996. The theater’s clientele was, as I have said, a quieter crowd, mostly a lot of mature couples, so I assume kids went to the more “happening” theaters in the Westchester malls. But in terms of providing a couple hours of escapism, the Riverdale Cinema, and later the Twin, did its job very well. It is much missed.

DARCYDT on May 30, 2011 at 11:32 am

I lived outside of Parkchester in 1990 and remember the American in Parkchester was showing Blue Steel with Jamie Lee Curtis. Instead I travelled up to the Riverdale twin for thew only time to see the same picture because you also got to see a sneak preview of Pretty Woman. This was back in 1990.

DavidWallick on August 1, 2013 at 9:59 pm

I only remember being in this theater once. My grandparents took me there to see Oliver. I specifically remember a coin-operated popcorn machine in the theater — put in 25 cents and get a tall, narrow cup of popcorn. I have never seen that in any other theater.

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