Circle Theatre

82 Hugh J. Grant Circle,
Bronx, NY 10472

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Willburg145 on October 4, 2018 at 3:55 pm

Any remnants of it’s former life as a movie house?

ObiWanJabroni on June 21, 2018 at 1:26 pm

The theater building is currently owned by PLC Church.

Nina8 on May 6, 2018 at 11:14 am

I went to see The Rocky Horror Picture Show there midnight showing on Friday and Saturday nights many times.

bigjoe59 on August 15, 2016 at 2:43 pm


I have been a Bronx resident my entire life and frequently went to the Circle. to which i never remember it ever showing “adult” films. can anyone provide a newspaper listing or photo to back up this claim?

Ray_Silverstein on January 8, 2016 at 2:16 pm

While living near Morrison and Westchester Aves. the Circle Theatre was one of the movie houses I went to, along with the Ward, Rosedale, Loew’s American and RKO Castle Hill. I remember that the Circle was fond of WWII movies during the 1950’s when I was a teenager. I saw The Sands of Iwo Jima there and was very sad when John Wayne got killed at the end. I also remember that there was a Chinese restaurant a few stores to the right of the box office.

Markiebee800 on September 17, 2012 at 8:53 pm

Last movie I saw here was E.T when I was in the 6th grade. Used to go there all the time when I was young to see the latest Disney Movies with my Summer camp here & the American. Good Memories..

diaphenia on June 5, 2008 at 4:15 pm

Wow how brilliant. I love these photos, all of the old times when things were just sort of better. It looks really nice in that photo. tear Thanks for posting this!

DARCYDT on April 10, 2008 at 7:05 pm

This theater was a twin when it closed in 1985. I remember that New York expected a Noreaster for the first time (I guess a new term then) and the city shut down around noon on a Friday. The storm was not as bad as they thought it would be and everyting was back to normal. The Circle though didn’t reopen. I remember the last film I saw there was “The Legend of Billie Jean”. remember going there in 1968 and seeing “Planet of the Apes” with “Crazy World of Laurel and Hardy”. In 1969 I saw a double bill with my mother of 2 G rated epics “My Side of the Mountain” and “Hello Down There” but they tossed in a sneak preview of “Prime of Miss Jean Brodie"and Pamela Franklin was topless. The film was rated "M” today’s PG. My mother was shocked this with G rated films. Other doubles I remember seeing there were Play Misty for Me with Frenzy and Girls for Rent with Blazing Stewardesses.

In the mid to late 70’s the Circle was an adults only movie theater, all X rated except for Easter and Christmas weeks when they would bring in some G rated film like Mountain Family Robinson or Grizzly Adams. I don’t know if those last 2 were there for a fact but they were G rated live action nature films and not Disney, sort of like Pacific International used to release back teh.

diaphenia on December 28, 2007 at 7:31 pm

I saw E.T. here in 1982 and Firestarter in 1984. When I saw E.T. it was a single theatre and when I saw Firestarter it was a twin.

GaryMuttley on October 26, 2006 at 6:07 pm

I think this theater was split into a twin in the late 70’s. I remember my father taking me to see Jaws at the Circle and I believe it was a twin at that point.

LuisV on February 8, 2006 at 1:07 pm

Oh Boy, this site really does stir some memories! I only saw one film here and it was “Beserk!” with Joan Crawford. Not sure why I’m sharing that here, but there it is! :–)

dave-bronx™ on March 14, 2005 at 1:58 pm

A current exterior view of the Circle can be seen here…
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