Kimball Theatre

1219 Yonkers Avenue,
Yonkers, NY 10704

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Joseph
Joseph on June 20, 2010 at 3:39 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
businesses.

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
spots.

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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CSWalczak
CSWalczak on January 9, 2010 at 4:55 pm

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

SusanMy
SusanMy on July 30, 2009 at 9:17 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…

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 20, 2009 at 11:31 am

Here is another photo of the Kimball:
http://tinyurl.com/ku3p93

Bway
Bway on April 27, 2009 at 7:53 am

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

View link

CBernard
CBernard on December 4, 2008 at 3:52 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…

Sontaran6
Sontaran6 on December 4, 2008 at 2:30 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.

MustangScotty
MustangScotty on August 30, 2008 at 6:30 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.

Bway
Bway on March 11, 2008 at 5:10 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.

Bway
Bway on March 11, 2008 at 4:35 pm

Thanks Roger.

Yes, if you look at the theater with North on top, it shows the theater completely gutted after the fire, although the outside brick walls still stand:=. The lobby roof seems to remain:
View link

However, if you switch to east or west, it shows the theater still intact before the fire:
View link

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on March 10, 2008 at 4:27 am

…in fact, you can get the East view both ways if you cycle back through it: pre-fire and post-fire. Weird.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on March 10, 2008 at 4:26 am

If you go to http://maps.live.com/and type in this theater’s address try going to “Bird’s Eye View” switching the views around. There is no view from the south, but if you use the other views there are two views where the theater is still intact from before the fire, but on the third view the theater has been gutted by fire.

joemasher
joemasher on February 22, 2008 at 4:15 am

The furniture store is still operating out of the former lobby. The marquee is still there. The auditorium has been torn down.

DavidWallick
DavidWallick on November 26, 2006 at 5:43 am

In response to the last comment, I saw what remains of the theater two days ago. The front entrance, which would have been the lobby, is still standing. The auditorium is completely gone. Given that this is Yonkers, I wouldn’t be surprised if it stays this way for some time to come.

Bway
Bway on June 12, 2006 at 5:36 am

What ever became of this building after the fire?

sals
sals on November 25, 2004 at 10:08 pm

Joe, I think I met you through Mike Percoco. He told me about that theater, showed it to me one day. We have an apartment right around the corner from it now.

The marquee is still there and the walls still stand but it looks like the roof may be gone.

Sally

movieman007
movieman007 on November 18, 2004 at 6:35 pm

To Tom,
Where do I begin, 1) projectionist licences were not county wide, For example…White Plaines, New Rochelle , Yonkers, all had their own. 2) Bobbie Dente, was the runation of the union in westchester co.(I do not know if I want ot further comment on that at this time). The local was taken over by the NYC local 306. I worked in many opf the theaters in westchester over the years, and I will try to comment on them when I can…

NittyRanks
NittyRanks on November 18, 2004 at 11:52 am

I was just there i wish I could have seen it last week.

MikeHolsborg
MikeHolsborg on November 18, 2004 at 10:15 am

The one on McLean Ave. was the “Kent” theatre.

MikeHolsborg
MikeHolsborg on November 18, 2004 at 9:42 am

I remember seeing either “Easy Rider” or a movie about Kent State there. There used to be a theatre on McLean Ave. too if I’m not mistaken…but I do remember going to the Park Hill, Brandt’s and RKO Proctors on many occassions…There is still some talk about reviving Proctor’s (which is supposed to be still in tact under the present office building it occupies).

optimist008
optimist008 on November 18, 2004 at 8:45 am

movieman007,

What ever happened to the projectionist union based in Mount Vernon?
I worked as an usher in the mid-1970’s at Hartsdale Cinema 2.
Bobbie Dente ran the union back then. How did the local lose control over the theaters? I thought there was a countywide fire code requiring licensed projectionists ???

Please email me at:

Thank You

TR

Bway
Bway on November 18, 2004 at 8:41 am

Cool! They plugged the site here too in that article! I guess the Journal googled the Kimball and found this page.
Does anyone know of any photos of the theater either before or after the fire online somewhere?

RickB
RickB on November 18, 2004 at 8:34 am

The Closed/Demolished designation may be premature, as the owners are said to be consulting an engineer to see if the building can be saved: View link

movieman007
movieman007 on November 17, 2004 at 8:23 pm

I worked there as a projectionist one summer, during one of those Disney fests, back, around 1974, my heart sank that another ‘Cinema Treasure’ is gone. When are we going to learn old is not bad, that the ruination of this industry that ‘we’ let all thease movie showplaces (I know the Kimball was far from that) go by the wayside to the multiplex. I love this site, I worked as a projectionist in westchester county for over 20 years and in long Island for many years after that, I now one my own theaters in Queens, Main street and Center cinemas, the stories I could tell……you know what maybe I will…….keep looking when I have more time I will post again…later …………..the movieman007