American Theater

1450 East Avenue,
Bronx, NY 10462

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amcbayplaza13 on November 2, 2015 at 5:29 pm

I went to see a lot of movie in this movie theater back in 2013 the staff were friendly then in mid September the place was shut down and converted into a Marshall store they could kept that movie theater open much longer than closing the movie theater down in parkchester

theatrefan on September 17, 2015 at 9:59 am

I got to go see The Butler here during the final weeks of operation in August 2013. The theatre was still in very good condition with many of the original architectural details preserved in the lobby. The staff were extremely friendly and courteous. It’s a shame this had to become a Marshall’s just like the Loew’s Oriental did. I am sure there was a great need in the community for yet another clothing store to buy designer discount duds, instead of a movie theatre, yeah right!!!

DavidZornig on September 16, 2015 at 8:20 pm

1940 and current day photo as Marshall’s added, courtesy of Al Ponte’s Time Machine – New York Facebook page.

pnelson on July 19, 2015 at 9:31 pm

Nice art deco box office. Great selection of films on the marquee. Especially Haunting In Conn. Very great film.

Willburg145 on December 12, 2014 at 12:43 pm

Nicholas thanks for the great pictures. But how did you get into the projection room and ‘backstage’ areas? Really great. Thanks

Nicholas Vargelis
Nicholas Vargelis on December 7, 2014 at 8:36 am

Dear amcbayplaza13,

We all dearly miss the American Theater and I am very saddened by its destruction. I am glad you like my photos taken during its last day of operation. However, the fact that you copied them off my flickr account and uploaded them here without asking my permission or giving any credit to the photographer I find rather disrespectful.

fred1 on January 4, 2014 at 1:29 pm

Bowtie took great care in maintenance and renovations so the theater maintain its classic appearance.

NanBronxChapter on January 4, 2014 at 9:38 am

Please Sign and pass around to Concerned Organizations and or individuals

Nicholas Vargelis
Nicholas Vargelis on September 19, 2013 at 9:53 am

I was at the theater this past weekend the day it closed. I learned that the lease with Bow Tie Cinemas was terminated so that a TJ Max can take over the space.

Here is a link to photos I took during my visit:

In the photos you can see so many of the original architectural details are still intact. I suspect much of this will be lost if plans go forward to alter the space to accommodate a large retail store.

fred1 on September 16, 2013 at 3:42 pm

This was the last theater in NYC that still maintained its glory even after renovations. I can imanaging that my folks or my grandparents walking through its doors.

rivest266 on September 16, 2013 at 1:47 pm

For the record, it opened on December 26th, 1940.

robboehm on September 15, 2013 at 6:29 pm

Yes, bigjoe59, the Bay Plaza is the only theater left in the Bronx, of the 118 listed on Cinema Treasures in that boro. To DARCYCDT, not all of the Clearview properties were assumed by BowTie. I would have thought they wouldn’t have acquired any they were likely to drop. Leases are a funny thing. I know the Port Washington property is leased. A big problem there is parking. Clearview owned some properties, the Roslyn in particular. Don’t know if BowTie actually purchased Clearview owned properties or leased them from them.

DARCYDT on September 15, 2013 at 5:00 pm

I wonder if Bow Tie will close any of the other theaters they acquired from Clearview. Their Herricks theater in New Hyde Park doesn’t have any recent openers either. Their Main Street theater in Port Washington seems to be losing a lot of new movies to the recently reopened and renovated Soundview theater also.

DARCYDT on September 15, 2013 at 4:55 pm

There’s a 10 plex at 161st and Grand Concourse.

bigjoe59 on September 15, 2013 at 10:52 am


i was saddened to hear of the theater’s closing.
i believe that leaves the Bay Plaza as the only
movie theater in the Bronx.

but i don’t understand as a Bow Tie spokesperson said in the News 12 video that he lease can’t be renewed? it not like the building was something else previously and the owner wanted to return it to its original use. it was built as a movie theater. so i assume we’re dealing with a typical greedy NY landlord.

DARCYDT on September 12, 2013 at 5:22 pm

73 years there, they were closed a bit from 94 to 95 till Stuart Epstein bought it and reopened it. Used to live in that area and we also had the Circle and the Palace both long closed.

ralicea1 on September 12, 2013 at 4:33 pm

Just saw a News 12 the Bronx report that said they’re closing this weekend because Bow Tie’s lease is up. So sad…that leaves 2 theaters in the Bronx.

DARCYDT on September 11, 2013 at 8:36 pm

What’s going on here, no new films this weekend (I would have thought “Insidious: Chapter 2” would be a natural) and no performances listed after Sunday. This is from the Bow Tie site where the other theaters in the area that they own have schedules through next Thursday.

rivest266 on August 12, 2012 at 10:37 pm

I posted the grand opening ad in the photo section for this theatre.

TLSLOEWS on June 25, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Thanks for this link also Tinseltoes.

TLSLOEWS on July 16, 2010 at 2:58 pm

Thanks Fred,pretty cool new seats and conncessions good to see it still going.

fred1 on June 4, 2010 at 6:32 am

a lil ad for the American
View link

TLSLOEWS on April 21, 2010 at 12:56 pm

Cool photo of the LOEWS AMERICAN.

ten13 on August 20, 2009 at 8:10 am

Regarding my post way above, regarding the terra-cotta statues on the rear wall of the Lowe’s American, here’s a link to some very good pictures of them:

View link

DARCYDT on August 19, 2009 at 7:13 pm

Films that have played here 6 weeks since 1995 (longevity list not updated since May 2008).

Forever Batman 1995
Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls 1995
Jumanji 1995
Muppet Treasure Island 1996
Twister 1996
Independence Day 1996
Liar, Liar 1997
Money Talks 1997
Soul Food 1997
Flubber 1997
Titanic 1998 (came here in its 20th week of release)
Deep Impact 1998
Godzilla 1998
Lethal Weapon 4 1998
How Stella Got Her Groove Back 1998
Blade 1998
The Faculty 1998
Patch Adams 1998
She’s All That 1999
Doug’s First Movie 1999
Life 1999
Blue Streak 1999
Double Jeopardy 1999
Bone Collector 1999
Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo 1999
Next Friday 2000
Pitch Black 2000
Road to El Dorado 2000
Nutty Professor 2: The Klumps 2000
Original Kings of Comedy 2000
Art of War 2000
Unbreakable 2000
Save the Last Dance 2001
Hannibal 2001
Recess: School’s Out 2001
Along Came a Spider 2001
Mummy Returns 2001
Shrek 2001
Atlantis: The Lost Empire 2001
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider 2001
Dr. Dolittle 2 2001
Princess Diaries 2001
Training Day 2001
The One 2001
Not Another Teen Movie 2001
How High 2001
Snow Dogs 2002
Blade 2 2002
Changing Lanes 2002
Barbershop 2002
Santa Clause 2 2002
Burning Down the House 2003
X2: X-Men United 2003
Finding Nemo 2003
Bad Boys 2 2003
Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over 2003
Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat 2003
Lord of the Rings: Return of the King 2003
My Baby’s Daddy 2004
Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed 2004
Spiderman 2 2004
Shark Tale 2004
Ray 2004
Are We There Yet? 2005
Hitch: The Cure for the Common Man 2005
Fantastic Four 2005
Sky High 2005
Four Brothers 2005
Chicken Little 2005
Curious George 2006
Pink Panther 2006
Cars 2006
Open Season 2006
The Departed 2006
Norbit 2007
Bridge to Terabitha 2007
Meet the Robinsons 2007
Disturbia 2007
Spiderman 3 2007
Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married 2007
Bee Movie 2007
Iron Man (after Bow Tie took over)
Hancock 2008
Space Chimps 2008
Dark Knight 2008
High School Musical 3: Senior Year 2008
Madagasgar: Escape 2 Africa 2008
Coraline 2009
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 2009

That’s through August 19, 2009

I believe no film has played at the American 7 weeks or more since Bow Tie took over.