453 E. Tremont Avenue,
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Previously operated by: Fox Circuit, Skouras Theatres
Architects: Thomas White Lamb
Functions: Furniture Showroom, Storage
Previous Names: Fox Crotona Theatre
The Fox Crotona Theatre was one of William Fox’s first large theatres and had Thomas W. Lamb as architect. The Beaux Arts auditorium was wainscoted in marble with walls covered in red tapestry. The Crotona Theatre first opened in 1912 with vaudeville only, but movies were soon added to the programs. During the silent era, the Crotona Theatre boasted a twelve-piece orchestra and a three manual Moller organ (Op. 216).
After Fox’s bankruptcy, the Crotona Theatre switched to Skouras Theaters Corp. management, which operated the theatre until closure in 1959. It became a warehouse in the auditorium, and the lobby became a mattress & furniture store.
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@ Robert Yes it was still there in 1958 our class went to see a show there “The World’s Strongest Man.” and after the show there was a display of smoking and the danger of it. It has had to be 1960 or 61. I have to double check with my classmate Gary Macchio. @ Ed many of the buildings on East Tremont Avenue in that area were wonderful and showed very good construction and had its own identity. I believe that the Am Classic picture is picture of an old club, if it was 483 E Tremont Avenue.If you are on Facebook you can see my link to my Bronx Pictures.
Click here for an exterior view of the Crotona Theatre in 1929.
was this on Washington ave and up the street claremont parkway bronx ny?? i lived on the corner of 1575 Washington ave bronx ny and 451 claremont parkway i am trying to locate the theater across from our apt back in 1957 can any help??
Brad, if you access the street view in the heading above you can see what the Crotona looked like as a retail outlet. That might help you with the identification you seek.
anyone has photos
i found this Fox Crotona Theater, 453 East Tremont Avenue, Bronx, NY – August 3. 1929 i belive this is near washington ave bronx, ny
Looks like it is now a mattress and furniture store and a repair store(on the ground floor), Upstairs area unknown?
The auditorium is occupied by an apparel company. According to the owner “We gutted the theater so we could turn it into our warehouse and offices.”
Doesn’t sound like anything is left.
This theater is being used by a warehouse and fabrication entity in the auditorium and a furniture store in the former lobby.