Bainbridge Theatre

286 E. 204th Street,
Bronx, NY 10467

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Bainbridge Theatre

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The Mosholu Theatre opened in early 1926 on 204th Street near Bainbridge Avenue. It could originally seat 1,100 and also featured a rooftop “garden theatre” which sat about 1,000 more. The theatre’s name was later changed to the Bainbridge Theatre. It was twinned before it was eventually closed.

Long after closing as a movie theatre, the Bainbridge Theatre was reopened in 1995, as the home of the Bronx Dance Theatre, an organization which was founded in 1976. The Bronx Dance Theatre closed suddenly in 2000, and afterwards the space was turned into a furniture store. It then became a 99c store.

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TMI
TMI on April 19, 2005 at 7:00 pm

Operated in the 1970’s and 1980’s By Jim Perkins and The Reggerio brothers with Bruce and Little John in the booth. Got my carbon
arc license there. The open air booth on the roof was setup with 16" turntables on drive shafts behind the lamphouses.

Initially a Western Electric sound system which was “harvested” in favor of a solid state system of meager performance.
Although optical sound dominated this period, 4 track magnetic setups, were available. I personally restored the 3 Altec A-7
speakers which were the very early bolt assembly style.

Tragically, vandalism was rampant and the business could not sustain the losses. The roof was filled with 4 feet of water in
one such incident so instead of new mohair velvet for the seats, new electric, roofing and boiler repairs took all the cash
from an SBA loan.

The movie “Ft. Apache, The Bronx” caused a riot resulting in rows of seats being ripped from the floor and hurled at the
screen. Several employees were hospitalized. I arrived in time to see the entire crew from “French Charlie’s” well oiled, armed to the teeth and ready for action arrive to a now empty space.

This is one of several neighborhood theaters (Bainbridge, Melba, Globe, Ascot, Dale, Fair) that I did period restoration
work to. Sadly, none have survived.

mlkaufman
mlkaufman on October 4, 2005 at 3:56 pm

This was my childhood local theatre. Among zillions of other films, I saw “A Hard Day’s Night” there in 1964. The line wound around the corner and several blocks south, almost all the way to Mosholu Parkway. The number of patrons must’ve broken every fire law imaginable. During the film, firecrackers were set off, and the girls screamed endlessly. My own little slice of Beatlemania.

ralphybee
ralphybee on February 25, 2006 at 12:49 am

My theater from early 70’s to early 80’s when it closed.My favorite movies seen there were the james bond movies,carrie,cheech and chong,the pink panther and of course the warriors.sad to see it go.I miss sneaking in the fire exit door on perry avenue.and the rows and rows of seats that sometimes feel down.I also remember hearing stray cats meowing in the theater.great place at a reat time for Norwood.

Sontaran6
Sontaran6 on December 15, 2008 at 10:44 pm

It’s strange! In my mis-spent youth (I’m 75), I haunted almost all the movie houses in the Bronx/Yonkers Woodlawn-Wakefield neighborhod, from the Kimball to the Laconia, and also all the Fordham Road theaters, from the Paradise to the Grand to the Valentine [but not the Windsor or the Ascot, oddly]. But, for the life of me, I cannot recollect ever entering the Mosholu-Bainbridge — even though I remember seeing its marquee countless times from the old Number 4 Bus, which turned northward just a few paces away, and I remember walking under it while walking from Webster Avenue up to Bainbridge Avenue along 204th Street. I wonder why I skipped it.

JM3522
JM3522 on July 20, 2009 at 9:51 pm

Passed it yesterday. The marquee has been removed.

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on May 1, 2012 at 8:49 pm

I went to this theater often in the70’s. It was converted to a twin in the late 70’s.

stang119
stang119 on July 1, 2012 at 7:10 pm

Goofy experience here. Went to a double feature of “The Odd Couple” and “Smashing Time”. About a half hour into the first film the screen went dark. We were told it would be a few minutes as a bulb needed to be replaced. Well, it turned into an hour as the manager said they had no extra bulbs and had to get one from another theatre! No aplogies, just a lot of annoyed patrons!

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on March 1, 2013 at 8:52 pm

Need to update info above the theater was a twin when it closed.

TheALAN
TheALAN on September 13, 2014 at 1:25 pm

Who was the Mosholu Theatre’s architect and in what style was the theater designed? Also, when was the name changed to the Bainbridge Theatre and when did it close? Thanks!

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