Loew's Elsmere Theatre

1924 Crotona Parkway,
Bronx, NY 10460

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Loew's Elsmere Theatre

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The Elsmere Theatre was one of the first Loew’s theatres in the Bronx, opening in 1914. Never more than first-run for the neighborhood (Tremont-West Farms), it closed in the 1950’s.

For a time, the Elsmere Theatre served as an evangelical church, but by 2004 it was vacant and in a vandalized condition. It was demolished in May 2007.

Contributed by Warren G. Harris

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OnslowKUA on April 28, 2006 at 3:30 pm

I seem to recall that by the late 1940’s, early 1950’s most theaters had air conditioning. As a young child, I visited this theater once sometime before 1952 and it wasn’t air conditioned.

charliek on May 17, 2007 at 8:18 am

I’ve walked by this site several times in the past few weeks. The portion of the building that had been standing for years has been completely torn down. There is now a backhoe on the lot digging up ground, presumably to prepare for new construction.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on January 22, 2008 at 9:48 am

In the May 17, 1955 issue of The New York Times, this is advertised as Rosanka & Rosenberg’s Elsmere Theatre, presenting Yiddish stage plays on weekends only. The Elsmere was currently in its fourth weekend of the legendary Maurice Schwartz in “Kiddush Hashem,” described as “Sholem Asch’s greatest masterpiece.” The play was presented once on Friday night, and gave matinee and evening performances on Saturday and Sunday. All seats were reserved and bookable in advance.

kencmcintyre on July 2, 2008 at 5:42 pm

I believe that this theater no longer exists, as was pointed out on 5/17/07. I can’t confirm that, however.

TLSLOEWS on November 3, 2009 at 12:45 pm

Cool picture of the LOEWS ELSMERE. Never heard of it until today.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 17, 2010 at 6:33 am

The Elsmere Theatre was designed by the firm of Shampan & Shampan, architects of the Williamsburg Theatre in Brooklyn.

Here is an early photo of the Elsmere, from a 1916 book, “Theatres and Motion Picture Houses” by Arthur Sherman Meloy.

Tinseltoes on January 21, 2011 at 10:44 am

The vertical sign in this photo is probably the original, but not the marquee. The original vertical had “THE” in the top space used for “LOEW’S.” In the 1916 photo linked above by Joe Vogel, the Elsmere had no marquee. Loew’s probably added one when it took over, and might have replaced or modified it by the time of this photo: View link
The 1916 photo of the entire white terra cotta facade of the Elsmere building also shows a “deluxe” dancehall/ballroom on the second floor, which had an electrified sign on the left corner.

TLSLOEWS on April 5, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Thanks Tinseltoes.

BobFurmanek on March 20, 2012 at 12:01 pm

On April 22 1953, Film Daily reported on page one that Loew’s was testing various wide screen systems at the Elsmere Theater.

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