Freeman Theatre

1240 Southern Boulevard,
Bronx, NY

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The Freeman Theatre opened around 1922 with a little over 1,600 seats. It was located on Southern Boulevard between Freeman Street and Home Street.

The Freeman Theatre closed during the 1970’s, and today sits vacant.

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LUISMEL on December 26, 2005 at 5:11 pm

Was turn into a spanish movie house for some time.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on January 18, 2006 at 8:22 am

A rare view of the auditorium, which had a stadium section at the rear instead of a conventional balcony. I wonder if any of the original decor remains in the building, which still exists:

LuisV on April 11, 2007 at 9:29 am

I went to the Bronx Zoo on Saturday and I took the #2 train. While looking out the window I noticed the “Olympic Concert Hall” aka “Prospect Theater” looking very dilapidated and with a “for sale” sign on the marquee. It was disconcerting since the rest of the neighborhood looks like it’s in the middle of a building boom and supposedly the theater had been renovated recently. Anyway, the reason I mention all of that is because I was born in the Bronx and I asked my mom if she had gone to the Prospect. She said it was one of her favorite theaters, but that she usually went to The Freeman. As a matter of fact, she went into labor (with me) while she was attending some Spanish language movie on November 23, 1959!

I love the fact i I decided to come into the world while I was actually IN a theater!

Also, thank you Warren for that picture of the auditorium. It meant a lot to me to be able to see it. I wonder how much, if any, of the interior remains.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 9, 2007 at 7:59 pm

STAGE $1,100 HOLDUP IN A BRONX THEATRE; Motor Bandits Rob Manager of Receipts on Way to Bank — Crowd Pursues.

NY Times March 2, 1924

Two armed youths held up Irving Berman, manager of the Freeman Motion Picture Theatre, 1232 Southern Boulevard, the Bronx, at 10:15 o'clock last night as he was starting for a bank four doors away, and got away in an automobile with $1,100, the day’s receipts.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 29, 2007 at 10:35 pm

Here is a photo of the Freeman Theater.

Yves Marchand
Yves Marchand on November 22, 2007 at 4:51 pm

We went inside the Freeman Theater two weeks ago and nothing is remaining as it’s totally dilapidated (certainly due to water damage after years of vacancy).

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 11, 2008 at 10:24 am

Here’s a new link to a vintage view of the auditorium:
View link

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 4, 2008 at 7:30 pm

A portion of the Freeman is visible in this photo.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 30, 2008 at 10:45 pm

A portion of the Freeman is visible in a photo at this updated link.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 18, 2009 at 1:25 pm

The year given for this photo is 1971.

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