Interboro Theatre

3462 East Tremont Avenue,
Bronx, NY 10465

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The Interboro Theatre was located at 3462 East Tremont Avenue in the Throggs Neck section of The Bronx.

The theater was built in the late-1920’s and was originally named the "Interborough". The planned expansion of the Interborough Rapid Transit (IRT) from Hugh Grant Circle in Parkchester never materialized, but the theater kept the name eventually dropping the "ugh". To local residents the Interboro was called "The Itch".

The first movie ever shown was "Seventh Heaven" (1927) and the score was provided by a pianist named Bertha Benedict. The "Itch" would also host amateur nights, Duncan Yo-Yo competitions, variety shows and talent competitions. The theater also held dish night for the ladies and PAL Christmas parties.

(Information taken from The Bronx Times Reporter July 13, 1995.)

This beautiful local theater was one of the hearts of the Throggs Neck community. My parents and grandparents enjoyed the theater just as I did growing up in this Northeast section of The Bronx.

I remember seeing the first "Rocky" at the Interboro when it had just one screen and a massive ceiling. The theatre was eventually split into four auditoriums before finally closing in August 1995.

Today, it houses a food market and administration offices for the local Board of Education. An absolute shame.

Contributed by Salvatore Salonia

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William
William on November 15, 2003 at 9:48 am

The Interboro Theatre seated 1369 people.

RobertR
RobertR on January 9, 2004 at 11:05 am

This was another UA blunder closing this theatre. The Whitestone Multi draws a totally different audience and this theatre could have survived showing upscale fare.

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on August 4, 2004 at 11:17 pm

The reason local residents called it “The Itch”:

“…The Interborough Theatre on Tremont Avenue in Throggs Neck was a notorious spot in the 1920s. Patrons of this movie house almost always came back scratching. The theatre was infested with lice, and the children of the area aptly called it "The Itch.” Luckily, this situation did not exist in most other movie houses…“
—"The Beautiful Bronx” by Lloyd Ultan

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on March 14, 2005 at 2:01 pm

An exterior view of the Interboro can be seen here…
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DARCYDT
DARCYDT on April 24, 2008 at 8:03 pm

This theater closed in 1996.

william987
william987 on August 12, 2009 at 8:27 pm

During the 1950s, on Saturday, any of the kids, who got to the movie before 9AM, go in for 9 cents.
We stayed there most of the day, seeing 2 full movies, cartoons and serials such as Superman. Flattened popcorn boxes were flying toward the screen the whole time. Pop corn was a dime, candy bars and soda. The soda from the machine poured into a cup, which had to be watched carefully, because the cup tended to land slanted and half of the soda would be lost. The bathrooms were up a very narrow stairway. Sitting near the girls and teasing them was fun.

DARCYDT
DARCYDT on October 23, 2011 at 9:55 pm

Remember seeing Galaxina, Time Bandits and Cheaper to Keep Her which starred Mac Davis (!!!)here.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 1, 2012 at 6:38 pm

When Street View was made (2007) this theater building was still standing. Satellite view (undated) shows the auditorium roof, too. Has it been demolished since then? Scavello’s Market is still listed at this address on multiple web sites.

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