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 on February 19, 2006 at 6:36 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 21, 2006 at 5:32 am

A photograph I took of the Ascot Theatre in June 2005:

kencmcintyre on August 29, 2007 at 1:37 pm

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.

kencmcintyre on July 1, 2008 at 1:19 am

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

Sontaran6 on December 18, 2008 at 5:28 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 on December 19, 2008 at 7:54 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 5:20 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 11:34 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 7:40 pm

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

BigGuy69 on February 7, 2016 at 6:02 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.

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