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. This long-closed theater has been divided into several retail stores but retains a still-beautiful terra-cotta facade.

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OnslowKUA
OnslowKUA on February 19, 2006 at 1:36 pm

Back in the 1950’s I recall that the Ascot was part of a small chain of theaters called “J.J. Bronx.” Other theaters in the chain were the Earl and Luxor (showed same films as RKO’s in the Bronx) and the Jerome, Kent, Surrey and Casino (showed second and third run double bills). These seven theaters were part of the chain for a number of years. Other theaters joined the chain for shorter amounts of time. They included the Mount Eden, Park Plaza (ex-Skouras), Burnside and Fairmount (ex-Loew’s). In the late 1950’s or early 1960’s the Hillside and Willard (ex-Loew’s)in Queens joined the group and the name was changed to “J.J. Theaters.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 20, 2006 at 11:32 pm

A photograph I took of the Ascot Theatre in June 2005:
http://flickr.com/photos/kencta/220964102/

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on September 22, 2006 at 5:54 am

In this 1950s image, the Ascot can be seen at the far end of the corner commercial block. The taller building to the right of the Ascot is the Concourse Center of Israel synagogue. Like Loew’s Paradise, the Ascot had an attraction board above the entrance instead of a marquee, since such overhanging structures were prohibited on the Grand Concourse:
www.i8.photobucket.com/albums/a18/Warrengwhiz/bxascot.jpg

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 29, 2007 at 7:37 am

Referring back to TomG’s comment of 2/19/06, the chain was called J.J. Theatres, Inc. in 1963. Address was 1501 Broadway, NYC, WIsconsin 7-9024. President was Julius Joelson. Max Fried was assistant to president and film buyer. Lou Klein was purchasing agent. Other JJ theaters in 1963 were the Casino, Earl, Kent, Luxor Surrey and 167th Theater in the Bronx and the Hillside Theater in Queens.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 11, 2008 at 4:27 am

Here’s a new link to the image described above on 9/22/06: View link

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 30, 2008 at 7:19 pm

If you delete the word “demo” from the June 4 link, you can see the photo without it being re-posted.

Sontaran6
Sontaran6 on December 18, 2008 at 12:28 pm

I’ve seen a relatively recent photo of the Ascot with its (flat) marquee sign still intact. The photo may come from either the great “Forgotten NY” website or the fine “Welcome to Bronx Pictures” website. Block black letters on the marquee read, in two lines: “COMING SOON JESUS CHRIST”. Has the Ascot ever been used as a Church, especially in recent years? That’s not quite the way I remember the old theater….

Sontaran6
Sontaran6 on December 19, 2008 at 2:54 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 11:20 am

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

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on November 12, 2012 at 6:34 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!

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