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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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on March 27, 2006 at 4:23 am

The RKO Keith’s Fordham, the Lido, and the Concourse were also on East Fordham Road, and the Windsor was very near to East Fordham Road. Loew’s Grand was among the theatres on West Fordham Road.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 21, 2006 at 3:03 am

A photograph of the Valentine Theatre I took in June 2005:

The structure on the top end of the roof could be the projection booth of the former 482 seat;open air Roof Theatre.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on November 4, 2006 at 6:09 am

An undated exterior image to compare to Ken Roe’s view dated 8/21/06:

mikemorano on November 4, 2006 at 8:11 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 12:51 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 1:11 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.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 29, 2007 at 10:00 am

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.

Sontaran6 on December 5, 2008 at 12:38 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 1:42 pm

The Valentine ended it’s existance as a triplex.

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