Bronxville Cinemas

84 Kraft Avenue,
Bronxville, NY 10708

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Bronxville Cinemas

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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 in late-1925, when it was listed with a seating capacity of 1,116. Most of the decoration, however, was lost in the 1980’s 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

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Courtship1
Courtship1 on November 10, 2005 at 4:26 am

Bronxville Cinema’s are not in the Bronx, as the description may lead you to believe. Bronxville is a sleepy hamlet that is located on Route 22, north of Mount Vernon, and adjacent to Eastchester, bordering on Yonkers, and a few other communities.

stevebob
stevebob on November 10, 2005 at 5:16 am

Why would anyone would imagine Bronxville, NY to be the same as Bronx, NY?

Since no one indicated any confusion to begin with, I don’t get the point of posting just to emphasize this distinction — other than to hint at how dissimilar they are for the benefit of those who would be comfortable in Bronxville but wouldn’t go near the Bronx.

The demographics may be different from Bronxville, but the Bronx is a beautiful place in its own right.

ArchStanton007
ArchStanton007 on February 27, 2007 at 12:12 pm

Originally had 880 seats per info and old photos posted on www.fromscripttodvd.com Click on site index, then click the list of NY theaters with 70mm.

cblanc10708
cblanc10708 on June 13, 2008 at 9:27 am

This theater was converted into a triplex in 1980. During the 1970s, I remember this as a very large single screen theater, with the curtain rising and lowering at each performance. Some of the notables films shown here were

Earthquake (1974) in sensurround..This audio gimmick really worked..I still remember the incredible feeeling of actually being in an earthquake.

JAWS (1975)..This film ran for months.. lines around the block..

The Hindenburg (1975)
Other Side of the Mountain (1975)
2001: A Space Odyssey – ‘74 reissue
The Airport films, especially Airport '77.. (the best one..)

And this theater also had double features occaisionally.. I saw The Sting and Other Side of the Mountain Part 2 back in (1978) for $2.. Unbelievable..

stang119
stang119 on August 8, 2009 at 8:01 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
GregM70 on March 26, 2010 at 12:29 pm

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
lgk697386 on March 26, 2010 at 1:16 pm

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.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 31, 2010 at 10:20 am

Fifty years ago today, the theatre was being advertised in the NYT as the New Bronxville Theatre and prsenting a reserved-seat engagement of “Windjammer” in the Cinemiracle process.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 16, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Why the Bronxville was being called “New” in 1960: Boxoffice

Joseph
Joseph on August 22, 2012 at 4:06 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.

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