Art Theatre

1077 Southern Boulevard,
Bronx, NY 10459

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Art Theatre

The Art Theatre was opened prior to 1921. By 1944 it was screening Spanish language movies. It was still open in 1950 but had closed by 1957. This former Bronx theatre served as a church for many years. By 2019, they had moved out of the building and it stood vacant.

Contributed by William Gabel

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kencmcintyre on September 26, 2007 at 7:26 pm

The 1970 IMPA shows the operator of the Art as Lightstone Theater Enterprises, Inc, president Morty Lightstone. This outfit ran numerous houses in New York at that time as well as several in New Jersey, one in Connecticut and one in Washington, D.C.

Willburg145 on March 12, 2013 at 3:16 am

Mr. Katz did you have any problems taking photos of this former theatre?4

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on March 12, 2013 at 4:12 am

Not sure what you mean exactly whether it was a physical problem or what. It’s hard to get a good shot because of the elevated train tracks in front. I was permitted to access the inside of the theatre, though.

Willburg145 on April 7, 2017 at 8:07 am

Mr. Katz, I mean did the church owners let you come inside?

Joseph Angier
Joseph Angier on February 1, 2018 at 2:31 pm

I’m confused here. The Art Theater that I went to in the 1960s was on Tremont and Jerome. Is this a different theater on Southern Blvd. with the same name?

ralicea1 on March 20, 2018 at 1:19 pm

This theater is located right by Westchester Ave and Simpson St.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 20, 2018 at 5:48 pm

The first few seconds of this video, dated 1965, show the marquee of the Art Theatre with Spanish language movies featured on it.

The Art was catering to a Hispanophonic audience at least as early as 1944, when the “Theater Deals” Column of the April 14 issue of The Film Daily reported that T&J Theatres had taken a long term lease on the house and would follow a policy of films in Spanish.

The Art Theatre was mentioned in the January 18, 1921, issue of The Film Daily. At that time it had 1,402 seats.

JM3522 on September 19, 2019 at 6:19 pm

Looks like the theater is now unoccupied. The marquee has no lettering on it.

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