Park Plaza Theatre

1746 University Avenue,
Bronx, NY 10453

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Park Plaza Theatre, Bronx, NY -- 1929

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Opened in 1927, the Park Plaza Theatre was located on University Avenue (now known as Dr Martin L. King Jr. Boulevard) in the Bronx. It was next to Public School 82.

In the 1940’s and 1950’s it played double bills of second-run films and was operated by the Skouras Theaters Corp. chain.

Contributed by stephen sloane

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DavidHurlbutt
DavidHurlbutt on July 27, 2007 at 1:40 pm

Re: photo submitted on Jul 27
The marquee in the 1951 picture is similar to that of the WARNER in downtown Milwaukee (a.k.a. Centre, Grand). Was this a common design used in the 1940s and 1950s?

jackeboy
jackeboy on June 5, 2008 at 4:07 pm

I just saw a dvd called Back to the Bronx, A View From the Stoop, about the Bronx in the fifties, and sixties. Many still pictres of old Bronx movie theaters are shown, and on the second disc there is a bonus feature on the University Ave.benches. This is basically someone’s old home movies, but you can see PS 82 and the Park Plaza in the background.The discs are available for rental through netflix.

jackeboy
jackeboy on June 5, 2008 at 4:40 pm

Slight correction to my previous post, the title of the DVD is A View From The Stoop, A Bronx Retrospective.

schmauch
schmauch on August 24, 2008 at 4:02 pm

I just rode by today on my bike. It has been torn down. By the way, Stephen and Warren should get out on their bikes more often!

vladimir
vladimir on March 9, 2009 at 6:16 am

In August 1964, I went to a Friday evening showing of The Night of the Iguana, at the Park Plaza. I remember joining an extremely long line of people after getting my ticket. At that time, I think only one film was being shown.

MikePrice
MikePrice on June 1, 2009 at 6:55 pm

I remember the Park Plaza well, it was at the SE corner of Tremont and University Avenues, with the Marquee on University Ave. facing West. It was generally shoddy and dingy in the 1950s when I lived in the area, and not being much of a moviegoer, I only attended films there a few times. It was reputed to be a tough theater for kids to sneak into. To its south was the concrete upper schoolyard of JHS 82, as others have correctly noted. Mike Price

Brad Smith
Brad Smith on February 20, 2011 at 1:30 pm

This photograph of the Park Plaza Theatre was taken in 1929 by George Mann of the comedy dance team, Barto and Mann.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on March 10, 2011 at 11:41 am

Thanks for the photo Brad,and link.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on April 17, 2012 at 6:34 am

This webpage has a picture of the Park Plaza and information about its Wurlitzer organ. The first film on the marquee was released in 1951.

Brad Smith
Brad Smith on May 4, 2012 at 3:40 pm

Click here for an exterior view of the Park Plaza Theatre in 1929.

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