Dale Theatre

189 W. 231st Street,
Bronx, NY 10463

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Dale Theatre

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The Dale opened in the 30s, located in the Riverdale area of the Bronx on 231st Street near Broadway. The Art Deco-style movie house closed in the mid-90s and today is used as a bingo hall, a diner and a furniture warehouse.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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darkpitch on September 17, 2006 at 12:53 pm

It closed around late 1993. I was a high school student from the nearby JFK High School and the last movie I saw there was “Needful Things” around the time. I remember watching “Batman”, “Passenger 57”, “Terminator 2: Judgement Day”, “Ghostbusters II”, and “Rapid Fire”

RobertR on September 25, 2006 at 11:04 pm

“The Moon is Blue” was famous because it was one of the first major films to go out without the MPAA Seal.
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kencmcintyre on July 19, 2008 at 9:21 pm

Here is a photo taken off of Google maps:

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 19, 2008 at 9:51 pm

Nice catch, Ken! Thanks for sharing, and keep ‘em coming!

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 20, 2008 at 3:44 pm

Wouldn’t it be easier to just say “Non-theatrical” for the function?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 13, 2009 at 9:33 am

The Dale Theatre was under construction when it was mentioned in Boxoffice, July 3, 1937. Later issues indicate an opening sometime between August and October that year. It was built for Harry Brandt.

Looking at the photos linked in the previous two comemnts, I fancy the Dale has a strong similarity to the Kent Theatre that was opened in Brooklyn during the same era. Harry Brandt was a partner in the Kent Theatre, which was designed by Charles Sandblom. Could the Dale be another Sandblom design? Boxoffice isn’t telling.

k9thewonderdog on June 8, 2010 at 1:43 pm

I was there when the bomb went off during Cactus Flower. I was about 10: it never stopped me from going back for many years. They used to have Disney double features there during the summers.
I was also there when they started showing Midnight Movies, they showed The Rolling Stones – I think it was “Sympathy for the Devil ( bad choice ) there was a riot and the screen was damaged and the little box office out front vandalized.

stang119 on July 1, 2012 at 7:06 pm

I saw “A Woman Under the Influence” at the Dale. They had a ridiculous round illuminated clock on the top left corner of the screen! Not only the time but it said The Dime Savings Bank. Made a long movie even longer!

lynnyfromthebronx on April 25, 2013 at 11:39 pm

I have been looking for the name of this theater for years- I was also there the night of the 1970 bombing during the movie Cactus Flower- it was terrifying- I didn’t go to a movie for a year and never went back to the Dale. I thought the other bombs were in Manhattan that day.I was there with a friend named Gary-he was very helPfull when I froze during the melee.

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