Earl Theatre

58 East 161st Street,
Bronx, NY 10452

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Earl Theatre

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The former Earl Theatre, which opened in 1936, is literally a few doors down from Yankee Stadium. The lobby now houses a restaurant. The former auditorium still exists, but I do not know what it is used for, if anything, and if any of the theatre interior still remains. The spire above the marquee evokes imagery of the Empire State Building.

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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on June 6, 2008 at 9:47 am

Lo Mem, how dare you insinuate that my refusal to answer your questions is proof that I use “illegal” images in my Photobucket scrapbook. Why would anyone cooperate with a phantom who also obviously hates their guts? Your slur tactics remind of the McCarthy witchhunts of the late 1940s. I thought that era was over, but perhaps your alias conceals a disciple of the scurrilous, extreme right-wing Senator.

steve Lewis
steve Lewis on July 5, 2008 at 12:30 pm

Thanks for the posting of the picture. I have fond memories when I worked there as a projectionist. What a grand theater it was at one time.

Bway
Bway on September 29, 2009 at 9:03 pm

I saw this theater last night when I went to a Yankee Game. It is currently being used as a sports bar, or at least the lobby on both River Rd, and the other lobby on Jerome Ave is. I don’t know what if anything remains of the interior…any information would be appreciated.

Yves Marchand
Yves Marchand on October 30, 2009 at 4:33 pm

The former auditorium, reportedly as having been in very bad shape, has been recently gutted and work are being done inside for the expansion of the Sports Bar.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on June 16, 2011 at 5:00 pm

The other entrance referred to by Kyapiko is actually on River Ave, not Jerome Ave (which is in the other side of Yankee Stadium). Was this an alternate entrance for the theater as well? I know the sports bar was using both entrances – I just always assumed the River Ave entry was existing retail space. I added new photos, one a day shot of the 161st Street facade and a night shot of the River Avenue entrance – both taken within the last 3 years or so.

45encryptor
45encryptor on May 14, 2012 at 4:33 pm

When I was 11 years old, my grammar school held its track team practices and events at McCoombs Dam Park. I saw “The THING” at the Earl and went there many other times. I just joined the site for the nostalgia and am enjoying the tour.

GeorgeSolend
GeorgeSolend on April 23, 2014 at 8:09 pm

I WORKED AS AN USHER AT THE EARL BUT DID MANY OTHER JOBS THERE, LIKE CHANGE THE MARQUEE WHEN A NEW FILM CAME IN OR CARRY THE FILM CASES UPSTAIRS TO THE PROJECTION ROOM, THE CASES WERE 6 SIDED AND HEAVY, I MISS THE EARL VERY MUCH, I REMEMBER WE USE TO GO ON THE ROOF TO WATCH A BASEBALL GAME IN YANKEE STADIUM, THERE IS A WOOD WATER TANK ON THE ROOF AND UNDER WAS A WOODEN BENCH THAT WE SAT ON,I COULD WRITE SO MANY THINGS ABOUT THE EARL NEXT TO THE EARL WAS THE ( JEROME CAFETERIA ) AND NEXT TO IT ON THE CORNER WAS A NEWSPAPER STORE THAT HAD CIGARETTES FROM AROUND THE WORLD, ACROSS THE STREET WAS A ENTRANCE TO THE SUBWAY AND THERE WAS A STORE WERE I HAD A 2 CENTS PLAIN SODA OR A MILK SHAKE, ON THE EARL SIDE WAS I THINK A BOHACK OR A 6 S SUPERMARKT, AND ACROSS WAS A CHOCK FULL OF NUT COFFEE SHOP, THIS WAS ALL IN THE 1960s AND TO LAST I ALSO CHANGED THE FILM POSTERS AND STILL IN THE SHOW CASES.

GeorgeSolend
GeorgeSolend on April 23, 2014 at 8:14 pm

PS FILM STILLS, AND I LIVED IN HIGHBRIDGE AT 1000 ANDERSON AVE. AND NEXT DOOR TO P.S. 73

GeorgeSolend
GeorgeSolend on April 23, 2014 at 8:19 pm

ps WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO THE KENT THEATER IT WAS ONE OF MANY THAT BELONGED TO THE CO. THAT OWNED THE EARL

fred1
fred1 on April 24, 2014 at 6:48 am

George: The Kent theater is now a supermarket

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