Crotona Theatre

453 East Tremont Avenue,
Bronx, NY 10457

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Fox Crotona Theatre, Bronx, NY - 1929

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The Crotona Theatre was one of William Fox’s first large theatres and had Thomas W. Lamb as architect. The Beaux Arts auditorium was wainscotted 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 factory/warehouse, and may still be standing.

Contributed by Warren G. Harris

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Yves Marchand
Yves Marchand on November 22, 2007 at 1:48 pm

We went to the Crotona Theater two weeks ago and one of the managers kindly led us inside the auditorium part, which is now used as storage space for their textile manufacturing. Unfortunately, almost nothing remains from the original architecture as the ceiling and plaster was removed.

barrygoodkin on January 26, 2009 at 12:27 pm

William Fox in his biographical book, “Upton Sinclair Presents William Fox” speanking about the Audubon and Crotona Theatres he constructed is quoted, “One of these places opened Thanksgiving Eve and the other a few days before Christmas in 1913."
Since the audubon reprtedly opened on November 28, 1912 and the Crotona in 1912 it is probable that either Fox got his years mixed or some how the stenographer taking notes recorded the year wrong. The Crotona probably opened around December 23, 1912.

kencmcintyre on February 3, 2010 at 7:47 pm

I think the American Classic guy mislabeled the April 2009 photo. I looked at Ken’s photos from 2005 and the one on 6/30/08, and the buiding is dissimilar to the one in the last photo. If the last one is not the Crotona, I would be curious to know which theater it actually is.

kencmcintyre on February 3, 2010 at 9:15 pm

I agree. I’m wondering what the Am Classic theater is, if not the Crotona. Someone will recognize it.

FatMan1059 on January 28, 2011 at 7:52 pm

The Miles shore store was a block East from the Crotona. There were three shoe stores from Washington Avenue to Third Avenue on the North side of East Tremont Avenue. This one was a few stores from Woolworth’s which was on Tremont and Washington and two others between Bathgate and Third Avenue, of course my memory is a bit foggy but I lived there from 1957 to 1962.
This picture is taken from the 3rd Avenue El 1962.
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Robert L. Bradley
Robert L. Bradley on August 24, 2011 at 6:52 pm

In the 1958 movie “The Colossus of New York”, there is a street view and the Crotona Theatre can clearly be seen. It is near the beginning of the movie. It was still operating as a theater at the time.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 25, 2011 at 6:52 am

Just looking at the American Classic Images photo that drew so many comments above and the website doesn’t seem to be identifying the building as a movie theater at all. The caption merely indicates a Crotona storefront. The point of the photo was probably capturing that great vintage neon sign still intact in 1988. The edifice, however, is certainly reminiscent of theater architecture.

FatMan1059 on August 25, 2011 at 8:51 am

@ 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.

Brad Smith
Brad Smith on May 5, 2012 at 3:58 pm

Click here for an exterior view of the Crotona Theatre in 1929.

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