Park Plaza Theatre

1746 University Avenue,
Bronx, NY 10453

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dallasmovietheaters on November 1, 2015 at 3:06 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.

dallasmovietheaters on November 1, 2015 at 6:28 am

Eugene de Rosa architected the theatre in Adam style.

MarcFurstenberg on July 11, 2015 at 4:59 am

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

MarcFurstenberg on July 11, 2015 at 4:58 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.

Brad Smith
Brad Smith on May 4, 2012 at 5:40 pm

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

CSWalczak on April 17, 2012 at 8:34 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.

TLSLOEWS on March 10, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Thanks for the photo Brad,and link.

Brad Smith
Brad Smith on February 20, 2011 at 3:30 pm

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

MikePrice on June 1, 2009 at 8:55 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

vladimir on March 9, 2009 at 8:16 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.

schmauch on August 24, 2008 at 6:02 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!

jackeboy on June 5, 2008 at 6:40 pm

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

jackeboy on June 5, 2008 at 6:07 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.

DavidHurlbutt on July 27, 2007 at 3:40 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?

Astyanax on August 27, 2005 at 4:36 pm

The Brandt Organization was all over the place with numerous theaters throughout NYC. How big were they? How was it that they didn’t develop an identity like Loews or RKO? Are they still in business?

jackeboy on July 4, 2005 at 8:27 pm

I also think this was open later then 1964. I used to go there a lot when I was very young. I remember seeing Jack Lemmon in How to Murder Your Wife there and that did not come out until 1965.

shoeshoe14 on June 30, 2005 at 5:45 am

The style was art deco. It had a little round box office in front. One balcony.

RobertR on June 8, 2005 at 10:57 pm

The Park Plaza was still open in September of 1965. They had an MGM showcase presentation of “Once a Thief”. At that time is was advertised as a Brandt Theatre.

foxmetro on November 18, 2004 at 9:52 am


I thought so!!!

foxmetro on November 17, 2004 at 1:13 pm


Were you a customer and if so, when.

foxmetro on November 17, 2004 at 12:34 pm

Actually Warren, I was a customer of the Park Plaza from the 1940
to the 1950’s and went to P. S. 82 which was my Junior High School,
next door.

I recall that The Park Plaza played two features.

I saw films like Gung Ho,a reissue, with Randolph Scott (double feature )and D.O.A. with Edmund O'brien,( also on double feature).

In fact, they would bring back some of the 1930 films of the Marx

Brothers and I still remember the trailers.

charliek on September 12, 2004 at 1:49 pm

To view the web page from which Damien Farley took the pic links above, click here:
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bamtino on June 24, 2004 at 12:51 am

A 1951 image of the theatre can be found here:
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Closed in 1964, the theatre currently houses a Rite Aid Pharmacy.

Here are some images of the theatre today:
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