567 Melrose Avenue,
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Previously operated by: RKO
Architects: William H. McElfatrick
Previous Names: Bronx Theatre, Miner's in the Bronx.
The theatre was opened in 1909 by Percy Williams as the Bronx Theatre located at Third Avenue and 149th Street in the Bronx. It was said that the Bronx Theatre was modeled after the Paris Opera House. The lobby was finished with marble walls, elaborately tiled floors and a paneled ceiling with frescos of figures of literature, poetry, art and music.
According to the newspaper at the time the Bronx opened it stated that a complete view of the stage from any seat in the theatre. The aisles were described as much broader and more accomodating.
The theatre was sold to the RKO circuit in 1912. In 1915 it was known as the Miner’s in the Bronx and later when it was closed in 1947 it was known as the Central Theatre.
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