RKO Chester Theatre
1938 Boston Road,
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Situated near a south entrance to the Bronx Zoo, the Chester Theatre first opened in December, 1927, under Keith-Albee management with vaudeville and movies. When it became the RKO Chester Theatre, the stage bills were dropped at the onset of the Depression. The double-feature programs were always first-run for the area, but day-and-date with other RKO outlets in the Bronx.
The theatre is probably best-remembered for being mentioned in Paddy Chayefsky’s TV play and movie, “Marty”: “How about calling up that big girl we picked up in the movies about a month ago up in the RKO Chester”…
When the theatre closed in 1968, its auditorium was converted into a warehouse, then later a car repair garage. The building stood for many years, with its adjoining office space and stores housing the Alps Hotel, a so-called “hot sheets” establishment.
It was demolished in May 2010.
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