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.

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MikePrice
MikePrice on June 2, 2009 at 2:55 am

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 9:30 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 7:41 pm

Thanks for the photo Brad,and link.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on April 17, 2012 at 2:34 pm

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 11:40 pm

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

MarcFurstenberg
MarcFurstenberg on July 11, 2015 at 10:58 am

That was JHS 82. Later became the auditorium for the school. Around the side was a deli which made the only great bologna sandwich in the world. I don’t know how they did it, but they did. It was a nice theater, a cut above the smaller theaters off the Concourse (except for the Loews 167th St. which was a bit grander. It played double features in the 50s.

MarcFurstenberg
MarcFurstenberg on July 11, 2015 at 10:59 am

The map is wrong. It was at the SE corner of University and Tremont.

dallasmovietheaters
dallasmovietheaters on November 1, 2015 at 12:28 pm

Eugene de Rosa architected the theatre in Adam style.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on November 1, 2015 at 4:24 pm

“Architect” is not a verb.

dallasmovietheaters
dallasmovietheaters on November 1, 2015 at 9:06 pm

ar·chi·tect ˈärkəˌtekt/ (verb) past tense: architected; past participle: architected design and make.

One can architect a solution.

Perhaps not a verb in the old days, but has been a verb my entire life.

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