Bow-Tie Bronxville Cinemas

84 Kraft Avenue,
Bronxville, NY 10708

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Bow-Tie Bronxville Cinemas

Located directly opposite Bronxville railway train station. Another of the original Metropolitan Playhouses chain of NY-NJ-CT, the Bronxville Playhouse has some of its original characteristics remaining. It has been operating since its opening on September 1, 1926, when it was listed with a seating capacity of 1,116. It was remodeled in 1960 to the plans of architect John J. McNamara. Most of the decoration, however, was lost on August 15, 1980 when UA triplexed the theatre. Clearview installed new carpet, seats and repainted the lobby in 2002.

In June 2013, Bow-Tie Cinemas took over as it took most Clearview locations.

Contributed by Joe Masher

Recent comments (view all 15 comments)

stang119 on August 8, 2009 at 6:01 am

I haven’t been in this theatre in years, but I do remember what a dump it was. Back then. Recently I went back, only because “Every Little Step” was only playing there. I went with much trepidation. What a wonderful surprise! This theatre is now a joy to go to. New paintjob, carpeting, seats, sound system and even digital projection. I’ve now been back a few times. If only parking were better. My question, of course is, if Clearview can do it to this theatre, why not to their god-awful nearby Cinema 100 in Greenburg?

GregM70 on March 26, 2010 at 10:29 am

This was a really nice theater in the late 1960’s mid 1970’s when it had 1 screen. I remember seeing “Smokey and the Bandit” there (1977) soon after that it was made into a tri-plex which completely ruined the theather. The upstairs (which used to be the balcony)was a joke.
Parents could drop the kids off for the matinee – Bronxville was very safe back then

lgk697386 on March 26, 2010 at 11:16 am

I disagree with Greg M’s comments. While this theater certainly was better as a single screen (what carved up multiplex isn’t?), this is one of the fewer movie theaters in Westchester that has not been completely ruined. True, the upstairs screen (former balcony) is horrible. But Clearview actually has sunk some doughs into upgrades. Believe me, there are a lot worse in Westchester. Indeed, most of them.

As for being safe in Bronxville, it’s probably the only place in Westchester that still is.

Joseph on August 22, 2012 at 2:06 pm

Tinseltoes on July 16, 2012 at 1:52 pm Why the Bronxville was being called “New” in 1960: Boxoffice

Because it was “newly” redesigned in 1960. The theatre dates back to 1920s.

movieguy on January 25, 2015 at 7:33 pm

This used to be one screen and now is three. However the auditoriums are of a good size. The two downstairs auditoriums, seat about 250 each. The screen is a good size and the seats are all new. The balcony Area is a third theater. It is quite spacious with 250 seats, “stadium style” seating. The screen is quite large the biggest I’ve seen in A theater converted over into three screens. All new seats in the balcony as well.

optimist008 on February 12, 2015 at 12:12 pm

Went here the other day for the first time since Bow Tie took over and while the upstairs stinks, the sound and projection were both excellent. Interesting that they have found a matinee audience for the entire year which never was the case years back with this theater which I have patronized since the 1960’s when it was Skouras and later United Artists. Maybe the older, retired crowd is the bulk of the weekday matinee audience ???

Texas2step on July 3, 2017 at 5:14 pm

This one opened on September 1, 1926.

dallasmovietheaters on May 10, 2019 at 5:51 pm

Pictures of the John McNamara architected remodel in 1960 in photos

ridethectrain on October 4, 2020 at 12:10 pm

Please update becamce a triplex on August 15, 1980

rivest266 on October 5, 2020 at 2:25 pm

1980 grand opening ad posted.

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