Bronx Theatre

436 East 149th Street,
Bronx, NY 10455

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degar on October 30, 2013 at 3:59 pm

Lived on 148th street behind the Bronx Opera House. Used to play ball on the back wall in 1946 to 1950. In my day, it never was a first run movie house so it was cheep compared to the local RKOs and Lowes. Neither was it an Opera House. Had no stage shows. I was around 14 years old and used to sneak into the adult section, get all the way down in my seat and smoke. Seldom got caught by the Matron.

Tinseltoes on August 19, 2013 at 1:18 pm

History of the theatre at the new hotel’s website: operahousehotel

LuisV on August 19, 2013 at 11:45 am

The Bronx Opera House Hotel is Now Open! It is the first luxury hotel to open in the borough and it is astounding that it has opened in the South Bronx, a neighborhood that epitomized all that was wrong with urban America in the 70’s and 80’s. The city of New York has truly blossomed and all the boroughs are enjoying an incredible renaissance.

Tinseltoes on August 18, 2013 at 1:55 pm

This first opened as the Bronx Opera House on the night of August 30th, 1913, promising weekly changes of stage plays and musicals. The first booking was the comedy, “Fine Feathers,” with the entire cast from the original Broadway production earlier that year at the Astor Theatre, according to a report in The New York Times.

LuisV on April 17, 2012 at 12:15 pm

This building is indeed being converted in to 3 star boutique hotel. Complete details available at this link:

Except for the facade, there doesn’t appear to be any of the interior left to save though the history of its former life will part of the interior decoration of the new hotel property.

mpadwee on November 6, 2011 at 10:49 am

Wasn’t there another Bronx Theater at Melrose Avenue and East 151st Street that was opened by Keith in 1909? Does anyone know anything about this theater? I believe I located a 1909 article describing some of it’s interior decorations. (“Trenton Advances Ceramic Interests to Extent Never Before Approached in U.S.” in the Trenton Evening Times, Sept. 7, 1909, p. 1)

Yves Marchand
Yves Marchand on October 30, 2009 at 1:21 pm

On a recent visit, we discovered that the office building seems to be in the process to be converted into an hotel. Unfortunately, the auditorium has just recently been demolished.

kencmcintyre on November 28, 2008 at 10:33 am

Listed at 438 E. 149 in the 1960 yellow pages.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 30, 2008 at 7:54 pm

Here is a new link for the undated photo.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 4, 2008 at 8:55 am

The Bronx Theater can be seen in this undated photo.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 20, 2007 at 6:40 am

Here is a photo of the Bronx Theater. It appears to be from the early 1970s.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 9, 2007 at 3:42 pm

THEATRE LOSES LICENSE; Bronx Movie House Where Girl Was Raped Is Closed

NY Times April 6, 1943

The license of the Bronx Opera House, has been suspended by License Commissioner Paul Moss. The manager of the theatre and seven youths are in custody in connection with the raping of a 17 year old worker in the theatre last month. Chief Assistant District Attorney Sylvester Ryan described the theatre as a rendezvous for degenerates and thugs.

8 SENTENCED FOR RAPE; Bronx Youths Denounced by Court for Attack in Theatre

NY Times June 8, 1943

Judge Harry Stackell sentenced eight youths in Bronx County Court yesterday to indeterminate terms in the reformatory for the rape of a 17-year-old girl on March 11 in the Bronx Opera House, a motion picture theatre. Six of the youths were convicted by a jury and two pleaded guilty during the trial.

charliek on September 12, 2004 at 10:17 am

To view recent pics of this old building, see my web page at:
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Scholes188 on August 20, 2004 at 10:30 am

I would rather see an old theater become a church then a 99 cent store or supermarket.