Valentine Theatre

237 E. Fordham Road,
Bronx, NY 10458

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Valentine Theatre

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Opened in 1920, this was one of several theatres on E. Fordham Road in the Bronx. It contained 1,252 seats and was operated by Skouras Theaters Corp. and, later, United Artists. Retail stores now occupy the site.

The theatre can be seen in the Roy Scheider film, “The Seven-Ups”.

Contributed by Damien Farley

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mikemorano on November 4, 2006 at 10:11 am

I found a modern photo of the Valentine theatre fella’s. It isn’t too difficult to find these photos. View link

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on November 4, 2006 at 2:51 pm

No, it’s quite easy to find recent photos of the building as a retail conversion. People who aren’t too lazy might even go there and photograph it themselves. But vintage photos of the actual Valentine Theatre are difficult to find, and I challenge our expert “mikemovies” to come up with one as I did. I won’t hold my breath while I’m waiting.

mikemorano on November 4, 2006 at 3:11 pm

I did not specify which type of photo was easy to find. Perhaps you have hours to spend finding one undated photo of this theatre. I have a real life and other activities that consume my time. If I had no life or friends as you do I would also be able to find vintage photo’s. It’s a matter of priorities fella.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 9, 2007 at 5:40 pm

BRONX THEATRE SOLD.; Realty Company Buys the Valentine, Held at $300,000.

NY Times August 11, 1921

The Valentine Theatre at the north east corner of Fordham Road and Valentine Avenue, held at $300,000, was purchased by the Benenson Realty Company from Max J. Kramer, who erected the building last year.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 29, 2007 at 12:00 pm

The Valentine was sold again later in 1921 for $325,000, according to a story in The New York Times of 12/23/21. The NYT also mentioned that the Valentine had an open air theatre on the roof. The Fordham Road frontage contained six stores on the street level and offices on the floor above. The sales did not affect the long-term operating lease of Grob & Nobel, which ran the Valentine from opening day until G&N was taken over by William Fox circa 1928-29. After Fox’s bankruptcy, the Valentine fell under Skouras jurisdiction. By the time that the Valentine closed, the Skouras name had been replaced by that of the parent company, United Artists Theatres.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 1, 2008 at 8:35 pm

This is a different link to the 1971 photo posted by Damien Farley on Jun 24, 2004.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 4, 2008 at 6:33 pm

The Valentine Theater can also be seen in this photo.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 1, 2008 at 6:25 pm

Here is a new link to the photo posted on Jun 4, 2008.

Sontaran6 on December 5, 2008 at 2:38 pm

The Valentine was where my sons and I saw the first run of “Tora Tora Tora”. My wife wasn’t interested.

stang119 on August 10, 2011 at 3:42 pm

The Valentine ended it’s existance as a triplex.

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