Melrose Theatre

421 E. 161st Street,
Bronx, NY 10451

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Melrose Theatre

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The Melrose Theatre opened in 1916, on 161st Street near Melrose Avenue. It could seat 1,129, and originally also had a rooftop theater that could accomodate close to 1,100 more. In the 1940’s, the Melrose Theatre was converted into a banquet hall. Today, it functions as a daycare center.

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charliek
charliek on September 12, 2004 at 11:40 am

Considering its age, this is still a handsome building, with some nice detail on the facade. To view some recent pics, click here:
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shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on July 30, 2007 at 3:32 pm

I biked by here the other day and noticed it too. It didn’t look to grand. I find it hard to believe that it sat more than 1,000 but the facade is very nice. Upon close inspection of one of the friezes, (the one in the picture didn’t show what I saw), there was a date of “March 19, 1921”. Was this the date of the decorative piece?

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 23, 2008 at 5:50 pm

From Boxoffice magazine, 1/9/38:

The Melrose, 417 E. 161st St., is now being operated by Jacar Theaters, Inc. The Jersey City Holding Company, Inc., has acquired the Strand, East Orange, N.J.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 9, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Was there another Melrose Theatre in the Bronx? According to a report in The New York Times of August 12th, 1951, “At 150th Street and Melrose Avenue, the old Melrose Theatre has been replaced by a modern office building with stores. Tenants include the New York Telephone Company, Coca-Cola, New York Life Insurance Company, Junior Achievement, Cushman’s, and Joe’s Army and Navy Store.”

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 10, 2011 at 5:41 am

Historian Michael Miller’s list of Bronx theatres does confirm another Melrose Theatre, though the address is given as Melrose Avenue and East 155th Street (NYT claimed 150th). That Melrose had 400 seats and might have been a store-front conversion, since Miller’s list claims it dated back to the 1910s.

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