Central Theatre

567 Melrose Avenue,
Bronx, NY 10455

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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.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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charliek
charliek on September 12, 2004 at 6:30 pm

The building at this location today houses a Cookies Department Store. My question is whether this is the old theatre building or a structure that replaced it. For pics, click here and go to bottom of page:
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 5, 2005 at 8:38 pm

Listed as the Central Theatre in the 1930 and 1941 editions of Film Daily Yearbook (the address is actually mispelt ‘Millrose & 150th St in both editions), it has a seating capacity listed as 1,200.

The 1943 edition of F.D.Y. has the correct address 567 Melrose Ave, Bronx but gives a seating capacity of 1,400. It is not listed in the 1950 edition that I have, giving credence to its closure date of c.1947

The current Cookies Department Store is using the basic outer wall fabric of the former Bronx Theater with a new facade.

joycefd7
joycefd7 on February 27, 2006 at 5:42 pm

My great grandfather was a stagehand at the Miner’s theatre in 1918.
Could anyone tell me if there is a chance there would be employee records or where to find them?
Thanks, Joyce

merripit
merripit on December 10, 2006 at 10:28 pm

Warren, – Can you tell me the source of the 3 pics of the Bronx Theatre?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 25, 2010 at 8:37 am

Here is an illustrated article about the Bronx Theatre in the November, 1909, issue of the trade publication Architect’s and Builders' Magazine.

DavePrice
DavePrice on March 9, 2012 at 8:07 pm

I went to a theater in the Bronx in 1947 to see a friend of my dad’s who was appearing there in vaudeville. Can anyone tell me which Bronx theaters had vaudeville at that time? Many thanks Dave Price

degar
degar on October 30, 2013 at 11:22 pm

When I went to this theater 1947 to 1949, it was the Central. Every Saturdays the played serials and two main features. First so many kids got in free and got candy, and comic booklets. I believe that the Catholic Church (Immaculate Conception)had a hand in closing it down. Never saw a new release movie there, and maybe showing “C” list movies put it at odds with the Church.

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