Kent Theatre

190 E. 167th Street,
Bronx, NY 10456

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Ed Miller
Ed Miller on August 25, 2014 at 7:35 am

I was inside the 99-cent store yesterday, while I was walking the Concourse, photographing Art Deco apartment buildings. As soon as I spotted the facade, I knew it had been a theater, which I confirmed when I saw the auditorium side, on Sheridan Avenue. I took pictures, including the ceiling of the auditorium, which I’ll post here later today. Tiny; I can’t imagine it being twinned!

stang119
stang119 on October 26, 2013 at 9:00 am

This was my neighborhood theatre to catch American-International films. Yeah, saw all the Beach Party films here. RIP Annette!

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on January 2, 2011 at 9:44 am

A recent view of the Kent Theatre as bargain store can found at the start of this new article about the Morrisania section of the Bronx:
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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 19, 2008 at 6:27 pm

Google must had a very small budget for these photographers. Half the time they shoot directly into the sun, or they stand behind a bus that completely blocks the shot. Anyway, here are some photos from the site:
http://tinyurl.com/6a9xdc
http://tinyurl.com/658w3s

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 1, 2008 at 8:51 am

Perhaps it was copied from the one that I originally posted above nearly two years ago on 9/7/06 and changed to a new link on 4/28/08?

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on April 28, 2008 at 12:57 pm

Here’s a new link to a night view from 1938. The man on the ladder suggests that the marquee lettering was in the process of being changed:
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Jeffrey1955
Jeffrey1955 on September 8, 2006 at 10:24 am

I believe that page at Forgotten NY was from several years ago. Kevin is usually pretty accurate, but he could have made a mistake. I’ll e-mail him and see if he remembers where he got that Star info.

mikemorano
mikemorano on September 7, 2006 at 7:13 am

Very Cool photo’s. Perhaps someone else knows about a Star theatre.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on September 7, 2006 at 6:51 am

As far as I know, the Kent opened as the Kent and closed as the Kent. There used to be a 900-seat theatre in the Bronx called the Star at 960 Southern Boulevard, according to the FDYB of 1931, which was well before the Kent was even built.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on September 7, 2006 at 6:13 am

A night view from 1938. Note the employee on a ladder at the front of the marquee, probably getting ready to change the lettering for the next program:
www.i8.photobucket.com/albums/a18/Warrengwhiz/kentbx.jpg

Jeffrey1955
Jeffrey1955 on November 29, 2005 at 5:54 pm

The first movie I ever saw was at the Kent — I think. I could be wrong, because I was only about 4 at the time, but I know the movie was “The Mouse That Roared” with Peter Sellers, and at the time we lived several blocks down the hill, off E. 167th St. And I know I did see other movies there, but I’ve forgotten what they were. The theater could be seen out of our sixth-floor apartment window. I have no recollection of the inside of the place, but after seeing the photos linked to above, I was brought right back to my childhood, and that distinctive narrow art deco facade.

charliek
charliek on September 12, 2004 at 1:05 pm

Now a 99-cent store. To view a pic from 2001, click here and scroll half-way down:
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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on March 17, 2004 at 11:45 am

This small art-deco theatre off the Grand Concourse was built in the mid-1930s by the Consolidated Amusement Enterprises circuit, with Eugene DeRosa as architect. The Kent was twinned in 1985, but I don’t know how long it operated after that.

William
William on November 15, 2003 at 11:57 am

The Kent Theatre was located at 190 E. 167th Street and it seated 599 people.