Loew's National Theatre
570 Bergen Avenue,
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The Loew’s National Theatre is claimed to be the very first theatre that Marcus Loew built himself, after starting his circuit by acquiring a number of existing properties in Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx. The name was a message to the entertainment business that Loew’s intended to become a national circuit, and it did. The National Theatre was designed by the architectural firm of Neville & Bagge, with H. Craig Severance as consultant, and first opened in September, 1910, with vaudeville the primary attraction and movies shown only as fillers.
With white marble frontage and a gorgeous Beaux-Arts auditorium, the National Theatre was one of the largest theatres built in the Bronx up to that time. The movies were first-run for the borough until 1929, when Loew’s gave that exclusive privilege to the newly-opened Paradise Theatre and shifted the National Theatre and its other Bronx theatres to playing the same programs two weeks later.
The National Theatre was one of the longest lasting of the Loew’s Bronx theatres, operating into the early-1970’s before being closed and eventually demolished. As far as I know, it was never sub-divided.
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