Crotona Theatre

453 E. Tremont Avenue,
Bronx, NY 10457

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Fox Crotona Theatre, Bronx, NY - 1929

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 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 in recent years has gone over to retail use and became a mattress & furniture store.

Contributed by Warren G. Harris

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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
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.

wcardona
wcardona on March 12, 2017 at 9:11 am

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??

robboehm
robboehm on March 12, 2017 at 11:33 am

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.

wcardona
wcardona on March 12, 2017 at 4:30 pm

anyone has photos

wcardona
wcardona on March 12, 2017 at 4:36 pm

i found this Fox Crotona Theater, 453 East Tremont Avenue, Bronx, NY – August 3. 1929 i belive this is near washington ave bronx, ny

markocee
markocee on November 30, 2017 at 9:13 pm

https://www.google.com/maps/place/453+E+Tremont+Ave,+Bronx,+NY+10457/Stanley Theatre.8471997,-73.8987611,3a,75y,44.65h,104.44t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sfpuNorbgWSa8Vjg1upYvrQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656!4m5!3m4!1s0x89c2f465c5463caf:0x1d2591d41bd760fb!8m2!3d40.8474041!4d-73.8985255

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on December 1, 2017 at 2:40 am

Looks like it is now a mattress and furniture store and a repair store(on the ground floor), Upstairs area unknown?

Matt Lambros
Matt Lambros on December 1, 2017 at 12:40 pm

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.

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