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

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

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 19, 2008 at 11:01 pm

It seems that the furniture warehouse, the diner and bingo all share the same address. The function above should include all three.

Louie’s Dale Diner
189 W 231st St, Bronx, NY 10463

231 Street Bingo Incorporated
189 W 231ST St, Bronx, NY 10463

S & S Furniture Discount
189 W 231 St, Bronx NY 10463

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?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 20, 2008 at 5:24 pm

This site has the ability to list multiple uses for a former theater building so we might as well take advantage of it. Some people might be interested in knowing what the building is currently being used for without making a trip there to find out. The more information, the better.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 18, 2009 at 7:07 pm

Five years later and the taxi cabs are still there in this 1978 photo.

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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