RKO Fordham Theatre

215 E. Fordham Road,
Bronx, NY 10458

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patc on October 30, 2014 at 7:44 am

Hi Ed, looking forward hearing from you. Hope all is well. You haven’t posted in a while.

patc on October 30, 2014 at 7:37 am

Nice pics. Looking at your photos the one in the lobby I see the Orchestra seats were visible. They later enclosed the orchestra with a half wall and glass for the other half and put doors. Then they added a concession stand in the center between the left and right of the orchestra doors. The concession was operated by ABC concessions. In the 1960’s it was run by Hannah a funny individual, but stern. They kept the Ladies room on the orchestra level pretty much the same as well as the ladies room on the mezzanine.

Hamblin on May 31, 2014 at 8:54 am

A few photos at https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:RKO_Fordham_Theatre,_Bronx

sjteich on February 22, 2014 at 6:11 pm

Pat C – my name is Scott Teichman and I am on facebook as well – there’s 2 of us with the same name on Facebook – I am the one from Colorado. Sorry I haven’t responded sooner but hope to hear back from you.

patc on February 15, 2014 at 6:44 am

Yes I do. It was next to the RKO Fordham.

julius007 on February 12, 2014 at 3:14 am

Does anyone remember a Department store near RKO theater called, Albrecht’s?

patc on July 8, 2013 at 7:39 am

Jack was a great District Manager. He based his office out of the RKO Fordham and was in charge of the RKO’s in the Bronx, Mt Vernon & New Rochelle. I remember calling in the figures from the theatre’s to him at home every night. He was a funny man alway telling a joke, and Marion was more subdued. He was like the Mayor of the Bronx. He knew everybody and if you needed something he would tell you who to see and tell them Jack Reis sent you. I remember needing car repair and he told me where to go and ask for Pepe. I did and they took care of me immediately and a discount added to that. I remember him smoking lucky strike unfiltered cigarettes… He drank a lot of coffee and always pitched money down to Monte, the porter to get him coffee. He was a great Manager, and District Manager… Knew his business! He was strict but so much fun to work with. Marion every so often would come by the theatre when they would go somewhere or out to dinner. She was always dressed very stylish. Those were the days my friend!!!!!

patc on July 8, 2013 at 7:18 am

Hi sjteich, what’s your name?

patc on July 5, 2013 at 6:17 pm

I think I’m in the photo with the guest appearance of Troy donohue. Do you have a larger photo so I can make it out?

patc on July 5, 2013 at 6:15 pm

Hi Ed, hope all is well. I don’t know if you remember me.. I remember you very well and your wife. She worked there also, right? I was the Chief Usher and student Assistant Manager. Ed are you on Facebook? I am, it’s Pat Concilio. Remember the staff: doorman Pop Lederer, Cashiers: Martha Chaiton, Olivia Eddo, Sylvia Strassberg, Libby (Estelle Libby), ushers Sydney Moussafer, Monte the porter, the matrons, Al from the projection booth (had problem with his leg… Hope to hear from you Ed…

EdG on July 5, 2013 at 2:32 pm

sjteich: Afraid I can’t offer anymore information than patc but I did post a photo of the District Manager, Charles Oelrich, some Managers and me, Assistant Manager. Jack is in the photo. He’s also in the photo I posted a few months ago of the Troy Donahue/Connie Stevens appearance. He’s to the right of center in a Tux with glasses (I’m behind him).

sjteich on April 14, 2013 at 9:23 pm

Pat C – Thank You so much for the information. I am 99% certain that he was related to my grandfather who was also tall and thin. I may never know for certain unfortunately. If you do have any photos that would be terrific. Ed G – would love to hear your memories of Mr. Reis as well.

EdG on January 27, 2013 at 1:35 pm

I was the Assistant Manager of the RKO Fordham under Jack Reis from 1961-1963 or 64(?). Great memories! Ed Gehlert

patc on December 31, 2012 at 11:35 am

Dear sjteich, Jack was in his 60’s. A tall lanky man who wore glasses and kind of reddish / brown hair. His wife’s name was Marion and adopted a son named Michael. They lived off the Concourse near Valentine Avenue. Jack was the Manager / District Manager of the RKO Fordham and and District Manager of all the RKO’s in the Bronx. He was a very nice person, always with a joke.

sjteich on November 20, 2012 at 4:42 pm

@ PatC – I believe that your manager Jack Reis may have been my grandfathers long lost half brother. Can you tell me more about him? Approximate age when you worked for him, family members, whether born in USA or an immigrant? Basically any information that you may have. Thank You so much.

DavidZornig on September 19, 2012 at 3:37 pm

Here’s the YouTube link of “The Wanderers” opening credits featuring the RKO Fordham. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzHA1WSgm0U

Richard Mucciolo
Richard Mucciolo on September 19, 2012 at 3:25 pm

I added a photo of the RKO Fordham for those of you who remember it.

patc on May 6, 2011 at 8:39 am

Hey Joe, I remember that well. What great times I had working at the RKO Fordham from 1961 to 1969 as an usher, Assistant Chief Usher, then Chief Usher and then was transferred to the newly renovated RKO Stanley Warner Cinerama, Penthouse and Orleans on 47th & Broadway as the Manager of the Cinerama.
But the RKO Fordham will never be forgotten. My first Chief Usher was Martin Schwabb, then Carl, then Roy and then I became the Chief Usher. I remember the uniform with the braids and I had the ushers wear white gloves and I used to check there shoes in the ushers dressing room under the stage to make sure their shoes were polished before they took the floor. Then I became the Assistant Manager under Jack Reis who was the Manager then became the District/Division Manager and I became the manager. I had great ushers Terry, Andre, Sydney, Mike, Danny and many others, the cashiers I remember was Martha, Olivia, Sylvia and Estelle, the porter Monte, the matrons Mrs Ackerman, Mrs Sharky and a mrs hudak, concession Hanna, my doorman was fabulous we called him ‘pop’ he was in his eighties and was so on top of everything. He drove to work everyday in his white car and would keep the rough necks out from sneaking by him to get into the theatre, the projection people Al, Cy and I remember they had a lounge chair on the roof and during the summer I would at times go up there to get a tan, Eddie was the electrician who changed the marquee on Tuesday evenings, Mr Gallagher and another gentleman who ran the air conditioning/heating systems they were the engineers, the two guys selling newspapers under the marquee at night and Sunday mornings, the ladies shop next door. What fun… I could go on and on and on…. I made so many friends back then. I remember as an usher carrying those heavy cans of film up to the projection booth for the projectionists. I remember the loads of and one large handle that controlled the lights backstage for intermission and we had to close the curtain manually. We had a little office in the lobby that was hidden with mirrors where we controlled the marquee lights and the concession stock room was inside there also. The managers office was on the mezzanine floor near the alcove where the telephone booths were.
I also helped out at the Colisseum a couple of times when they needed it, because Mr Reis was the DM of all the Bronx RKO’s.
Those were the days my friend… I could go on and on….

Brad Smith
Brad Smith on February 2, 2011 at 6:27 pm

This photograph of The RKO Fordham Theatre was taken in 1931 by George Mann of the comedy dance team, Barto and Mann.

DavidZornig on December 10, 2010 at 3:51 pm

The very first post about this theater mentions it’s placement in “The Wanderers” opening credits. Now available on YouTube, which probably wasn’t around in 2004.
An interesting observation I made is, the films advertised on the RKO Fordham marquee in “The Wanderers” are “Battle Cry” & “War Is Hell”. This was obviously supposed to be an establishing shot that it was set in 1963. JFK’s assassination plays a part later in the film.
In reality though, the two films playing at the Texas Theater when Oswald was caught were “Cry Of Battle” & War Is Hell". Oddly “Battle Cry”-1955 & “Cry Of Battle”-1963 both starred Van Heflin. Was “The Wanderes” director just going from memory, or did “Battle Cry” ring with more resonance given the films gang theme? Guess we’ll hve to rent the director’s cut.

BobFurmanek on February 4, 2009 at 12:43 pm

On Friday January 26, 1962, the Three Stooges (Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Curly-Joe DeRita) embarked on a three day promotional tour for their latest feature film, THE THREE STOOGES MEET HERCULES. They were accompanied by “The Herculean Giant” (almost 8 foot tall Dave Ballard) and popular DJ Clay Cole, who was one of the stars of the co-feature, TWIST AROUND THE CLOCK.

On Friday January 26, they appeared at the RKO Fordham at 8:20 PM.

Sontaran6 on December 12, 2008 at 4:55 pm

I’m a geezer, age 75, now exiled to the Midwest, who remembers the RKO Fordham, the Valentine, and the Concourse theaters. I wasted much of my youth at them all. But, even after examining their photos and map sites in this terrific CinemaTreasures Website, I can’t recollect their relative locations, in respect to one another, along Fordham Road. I’m sure only that the Valentine Theatre was east of the Concourse Theatre, on the north side of Fordham Road between the Concourse and Valentine Avenue. Could anybody clarify a codger’s dim memories? [i also frittered away time in the Lido, the Paradise, and Loew’s Grand, but I remember where they were!]

mp775 on March 25, 2008 at 8:56 am

The link I posted on 9/26/07 no longer works; use this one instead:

Bus in front of the RKO Forham, circa 1956

Joseph Angier
Joseph Angier on January 8, 2008 at 9:25 am

RKO11 … I too remember both Davis and Crawford appearing together on stage during the “Baby Jane” run. I’m only about 95 percent sure of that, becasue I was 9 years old. I usually went to the movies on Saturday kiddie matinees, but that night my father took me first to where he was voting (November … Election Day!), then to the RKO Coliseum in Washington Heights. I also remember that it was a double bill with “Count of Monte Cristo,” which they interrupted when the stars appeared. No Baby Jane doll for me either.

eschmidt2150 on October 19, 2007 at 9:02 pm

To rko11: Would you have known Mr. Richard/Dick Clark who was the theater manager? Mr. Clark was my grandfather.

I do not know the exact dates he was the manager at Fordham. He was also the theater manager at several other RKO theaters in the Westchester Co./Bronx area. I would have to check with my mother to know which ones for certain.

But I have about 50 – 60 original promotional photos of all the events listed in these postings. I have many pictures of him with the stars making appearances. There are several of my mother with the Dave Clark 5, Joey Heatherington and some other young stars. Jerry Lewis, Bette Davis, Jayne Mansfield, Marilyn Monroe… the list goes on!! Most are in front of the theater or from across the street showing all the fanfare. Some really amazing pics!