Loew's Fairmount Theatre

708 East Tremont Avenue,
Bronx, NY 10457

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Loew's Fairmount Theatre exterior

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The Fairmount Theatre was one of the largest Loew’s theatres in the Bronx, opening on September 12, 1928, a full year before it was eclipsed by the Paradise Theatre. Designed by architect Joseph Orlando, the Fairmount Theatre was in French Renaissance style. The auditorium was semi-Atmospheric style, with patches of dark blue sky peeking through the latticed ceiling, but without floating clouds or twinkling stars.

The Fairmount Theatre opened with vaudeville and movies, but after the Paradise Theatre’s debut, it went to straight movies and playing them two weeks after that Grand Concourse showplace. Loew’s dropped the Fairmount Theatre in the late-1950’s, but it struggled on under “indie” ownership until conversion into a Hispanic cultural center and museum.

Then, in a surprising development, realty developer Greg Morris took over the building in 1986, with plans to convert it to a movie fourplex, retaining as much as he could of the original auditorium. I don’t know whether that ever happened. A recent photo of the site on the internet shows most of the building being used for a supermarket.

Contributed by Warren G. Harris

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joemasher
joemasher on March 31, 2004 at 7:06 am

The theatre operated in the late 80’s and early 90’s as the Fairmount 4 by an independent operator. After sitting dark for years, the theatre became a supermarket. The lobby and auditorium, right up to the stage, was gutted and leveled for the store. The decor above the drop ceiling and balcony (which was split into two theatres) is apparently still intact. The marquee frame is still there; the supermarket’s signage is hung over it.

charliek
charliek on September 12, 2004 at 11:15 am

To view several recent pics, click here and scroll half-way down the page:
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Alanem
Alanem on July 12, 2006 at 7:27 pm

My dad and his partners ran the Fairmount Theater from 1960—1969. It was a beautiful theater.
A few years later they bought the Deluxe theater on Tremont and Belmont, a block away. Dad was a great manager and showman. They turned both theaters into money makers.
It’s was heyday of great films, 1960-1969.
What actors! What directors! What films!
There were movie theaters all over the Bronx—
the RKO Chester, the Vogue, the Loew’s Elsmere, the Fairmount, the Deluxe, the Crotona, the Art, the Devon, the Dover, the Ascot, the Loew’s Paradise, the RKO Fordham, the Valentine, the David Marcus, the Palace, the Earl, The Ogden, and many others.

LuisV
LuisV on December 12, 2006 at 7:51 am

Has all of the internal ornamentation been lost? Are there drop ceilings protecting the original ceiling?

APK
APK on January 24, 2008 at 10:54 am

Loew’s Fairmount
708 East Tremont Avenue

Bronx, New York 10457

The 1928 Robert-Morton theatre pipe organ was disassembled some time prior to 1985 and is now installed in the studio of Paul van der Molen of Wheaton, Illinois.
The organ was described as having “18 ranks, 6 tuned percussions,” and “a toy counter for special effects.”

There is at least one recording of the organ: a two-cassette collection* of hymns entitled “Glory Sounds” played by organist Tom Hazleton. The set was issued by:

Wheaton-Fox Productions
O North 468 Witlow Road
Wheaton, Illinois 60187

(*spotted at a used-book store outside Cedar Rapids, Iowa)

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on February 11, 2010 at 8:45 am

Looks like the old LOEWS marquee with the Loews ripped off.

RyanB
RyanB on September 18, 2014 at 6:26 am

I am a fireman who works In This neighborhood, my firehouse is on Tremont avenue in between the lowes fairmont theater and the RKO Chestertheater that was on Boston road, do any of you have any

original pics of any of these theaters in their glory days, my company often performs safey inspections on These buildings and we would love to see some pictures of the inside of these buildings in their hay day.

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