Ascot Theatre

2313 Grand Concourse,
Bronx, NY 10468

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Ascot Theatre, Grand Concourse Bronx, NY

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The Ascot Theatre opened in 1935, located in the Fordham area of the Bronx on Grand Concourse near 183rd Street, just to the south of Loew’s Paradise Theatre. This long-closed theater has been divided into several retail stores but retained a still-beautiful terra-cotta fa├žade. It was demolished in February 2016.

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Sontaran6 on December 19, 2008 at 4:54 pm

The “COMING SOON JESUS CHRIST” picture I mentioned in my previous note came from the terrific “Forgotten NY” website. According to its photographer, the photo was made in Summer 1999.

Richard Mucciolo
Richard Mucciolo on September 19, 2012 at 2:20 pm

I added a photo of the Ascot for those who would like to see it.

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on November 12, 2012 at 8:34 pm

If anyone has any stories about going to/ working at this threatre in its adult days, I would love to hear them. I am chronicling the histories of adult theatres in the US. Please contact me at Thanks!

Willburg145 on January 30, 2016 at 4:40 pm

Why did they close the theatre? Was the auditorium turned into retail space?

BigGuy69 on February 7, 2016 at 3:02 pm

@Willburg145 on 1/30/16: No clue why they closed the theater but I did a quick search on Google Maps and it looks like the auditorium was turned into retail space which looks to be unoccupied. I live pretty close by to the theater so I’ll probably bike down there some time this week and see what’s up with it.

JM3522 on February 17, 2016 at 8:46 am

Just passed the theater. It is in the process of being demolished along with the stores to the c/o 183 st. Looks like they will be tearing down the auditorium also.

JM3522 on February 22, 2016 at 9:47 am

I added a couple of photos of the demolition.

stang119 on May 5, 2016 at 7:18 am

Yeah it’s gone. My bedroom window faced the theatre when I was a kid and loved watching them change the marquee. This was prior to it becoming a porn house. I also worked there in the summer of 1969 when it was an art theatre. Only problem was the same movie was booked for the whole time I was there! Two months of The Loves of Isadora. Some of the films I saw there were: A Shot in the Dark and The Exorcist. Was so sad when it went porno. My synagogue was literally next door (to the right). I’m guessing that when it became a church the Ascot was forced to close. For a long time after that it was gated up and the marquee said COMING SOON JESUS CHRIST The theatre itself was not used as a church. All of the stores to the left were closed for many years so the auditorium was left unused. At least we still have The Paradise.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on October 4, 2017 at 11:03 am

The Ascot was built by Consolidated Amusement Enterprises around the same time as the Bronx’s Surrey, with Eugene De Rosa as architect of both ultra-modern cinemas.

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