Kimball Theatre

1219 Yonkers Avenue,
Yonkers, NY 10704

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Kimball Theatre

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The Kimball Theatre in Yonkers was once owned by Samuel M. Rubin. The decrepit marquee remains above the theatre’s entrance. The interior was most recently used as a showroom for new and used furniture.

The former theater was destroyed in a fire in November 2004.

Contributed by Roger Katz

Recent comments (view all 33 comments)

Bway on March 11, 2008 at 6:10 pm

Roger, yes, for anyone looking, sometimes the East view has the old version, and sometimes it shows the new version. So if you keep flicking back and forth from north to east, you will get two seperate east views.

MustangScotty on August 30, 2008 at 7:30 pm

Hey Christine Bernard. I grew up on Villa Ave. down the street from SHerwood. ANd also went to P.S. 14. I lived next door. I am also a Yonkers FIrefighter. The two movies I remember seeing there was Deer Hunter and Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla.

Sontaran6 on December 4, 2008 at 3:30 pm

Does anybody else remember riding the No. 7 trolley car down the Yonkers Avenue curve here, in order to go to the movies? Probably not The trolley car was red and yellow, but the movies were mostly B&W.

CBernard on December 4, 2008 at 4:52 pm

Thanks for the picture Lost Memory! What a loss! Just like it, gone are the days of smoking in the theatre (can you imagine), staying and watching a movie over and over..AND more than anything paying less than $1.00 to do them all! Wonder what popcorn cost then compared to the almost $10 for a large now?!?!?! Those were the days…

Bway on April 27, 2009 at 8:53 am

Have they ever rebuilt on the site as of yet?
The google street view shows it before the fire:

View link

kencmcintyre on June 20, 2009 at 12:31 pm

Here is another photo of the Kimball:

SusanMy on July 30, 2009 at 10:17 pm

Just an update…

I live two blocks away from the old Kimball. We watched it burn that night in 2004, and although I never went to it during it’s heyday as a movie theater, It still broke my heart to see what happened. I used to go into the used furniture store and try to imagine what it looked like in its original life.

In any event, it still stands burnt and empty. The owner of the furniture store relocated his business to across from the Mt. Vernon West train station. He told us a couple of years ago that a contractor was buying it from him with the intention of building an apartment complex there. Thus far, nothing doing. As someone mentioned above, this is pretty typical of what happens in Yonkers.

I hate, hate, seeing that abandoned place with the marquis still out front. So sad…

CSWalczak on January 9, 2010 at 5:55 pm

Another fire occurred on 01-09-10 in whatever still remained of the Kimball: View link

Joseph on June 20, 2010 at 4:39 pm

Residential tower proposed
for defunct Yonkers theater

YONKERS â€" A developer wants permission from the
city to build a 15-story tower at the site of a
burned-out theater.

Blue Real Estate Holdings LLC of 470 Nepperhan
Ave. is proposing to build an age-restricted, 220-
unit complex at 1217 Yonkers Ave., the site of the
former Kimball Theatre and a row of shuttered

The developer has submitted its request for zoning
exemptions to the Zoning Board of Appeals,
including a height variance for the proposed 165.1-
foot building, which is 30 feet higher than the city’s
zoning allows. The developer also needs variances
for floor-area ratios and lot coverage, among other
issues. The plan includes 235 underground parking

At the applicant’s request, a scheduled June 15
zoning board hearing has been postponed. The
board’s next meeting is July 20.

In its application, the developer’s attorney, James
Veneruso, wrote that the project “will be of
tremendous benefit” to the city because “the
dilapidated Kimball Theatre will be replaced by a
beautiful state of the art building; and (2) the project
will meet the needs of the community by helping
revitalize the area.”

Residents at 475 Bronx River Road and 52 Yonkers
Terrace already have objected. The buildings'
attorney, Evelyn Petrone, wrote to the city that the
proposed tower doesn’t fit in the area and, if built,
will worsen traffic and parking problems.

In a May 18 letter to the zoning board, Westchester
County acting Planning Commissioner Edward
Buroughs praised the proposal because it fits with
the county’s vision for dense development near
public transportation. The Mount Vernon West train
station is nearby.

“It will direct growth to an already established
center, where the existing infrastructure will
support the development, and where transportation
options can be provided and services can be
obtained within walking distance,” Buroughs wrote.


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