Valentine Theatre

237 E. Fordham Road,
Bronx, NY 10458

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stang119 on August 10, 2011 at 9:42 pm

The Valentine ended it’s existance as a triplex.

Sontaran6 on December 5, 2008 at 8:38 pm

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

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 29, 2007 at 6:00 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 By the time that the Valentine closed, the Skouras name had been replaced by that of the parent company, United Artists Theatres.

mikemorano on November 4, 2006 at 9:11 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 November 4, 2006 at 8:51 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 4:11 pm

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 2:09 pm

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

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 21, 2006 at 11:03 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 March 27, 2006 at 1:23 pm

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.

OnslowKUA on March 26, 2006 at 11:19 pm

I seem to recall that the Valentine had a very strangely shaped marquee. It seemed to be in the shape of a half of a heart.

Courtship1 on November 8, 2005 at 10:37 am

Mr. Farley, indicated that there were several other theaters on Fordham Road? Could someone enlighten me on the others that were on Fordham? I only recall the Valentine. There may have been one other near VIMS?

jackeboy on July 10, 2005 at 10:06 pm

Just a memory from my moveigoing childhood in the Bronx.My mom took me to see Mary Poppins at the Valentine, and when we came out we learned Malcolm X had just been shot in Harlem. I am finding it amazing all the memories that perusing this sight brings back. Thank you for the sight

br91975 on August 17, 2004 at 4:35 pm

The Valentine was a Loews house at the end and closed in 1987.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on June 24, 2004 at 7:44 pm

Fortunately, UA consists of only two letters and could easily be squeezed into the existing marquee. I doubt that it previously read Skouras Valentine. In fact, I don’t recall ever seeing “Skouras” as part of the theatre name on any marquee, though there might have been some instances.

bamtino on June 24, 2004 at 6:54 pm

A 1971 image of the theatre, with “UA” clearly visible on the marquee, can be found here:
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