Central Theatre

567 Melrose Avenue,
Bronx, NY 10455

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degar on October 30, 2013 at 4:22 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.

DavePrice on March 9, 2012 at 12:07 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

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 25, 2010 at 12:37 am

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

merripit on December 10, 2006 at 2:28 pm

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

joycefd7 on February 27, 2006 at 9:42 am

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

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on January 18, 2006 at 10:10 am

The architect, as in the case of many theatres built by Percy Williams, was W.H. McElfatrick.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on August 24, 2005 at 6:47 am

The theatre was much larger than 600 seats, and about 1,400 originally. The capacity may have been later reduced by closing down balconies…RKO did not exist in 1914. In that year, Percy Williams sold the theatre to Keith’s, which operated it until 1917, when it became a burlesque house known as the Follies, according to the clippings file for the Bronx Theatre at the Lincoln Center Performing Arts Library. In 1918, the name switched to Miner’s in the Bronx, and to America in 1929. The final name change to Central took place in 1931, when the theatre had a policy of a late-run double feature plus five acts of vaudeville, with four complete program changes per week. Since an economic Depression was going on, I doubt that policy lasted very long.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 5, 2005 at 12:38 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.

charliek on September 12, 2004 at 10:30 am

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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