Ascot Theatre

2313 Grand Concourse,
Bronx, NY 10468

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stang119
stang119 on May 5, 2016 at 10:18 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.

JM3522
JM3522 on February 22, 2016 at 12:47 pm

I added a couple of photos of the demolition.

JM3522
JM3522 on February 17, 2016 at 11:46 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.

BigGuy69
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.

Willburg145
Willburg145 on January 30, 2016 at 7:40 pm

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

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!

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.

Sontaran6
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.

Sontaran6
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….

kencmcintyre
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.

kencmcintyre
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.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 21, 2006 at 5:32 am

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

OnslowKUA
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.

RobertR
RobertR on October 23, 2005 at 8:26 am

August of 1958 the Ascot was playing “And God Created Woman” in it’s Englisg dubbed version
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Scholes188
Scholes188 on October 22, 2005 at 12:47 pm

I visited the Ascot during its final days as a house of porn. I remember it was quite large inside. Who knows but maybe it can be resurrected once the Grand Concourse is rehabilitated. The Paradise has just been reopened. This is a great time to buy a co-op in the area as in a few years it will become a hot neighborhood.

jackeboy
jackeboy on July 10, 2005 at 8:41 pm

Ah, My first art house. Saw my first Fellini film there, but it was not just an art house. I took my grandfather there to see Fiddler On The Roof. After the film my grandfather, who was Russian, started telling me all these stories about his youth and other things I could never get him to talk about before.A very important memory that the Ascot was part of

iarussi
iarussi on May 2, 2005 at 1:28 am

I saw many arts films there as a teen in the 70’s. A vibid memory of seeing the anti war movie, Johnny’s Got His Gun at the Ascot

Divinity
Divinity on November 8, 2004 at 2:50 pm

The theatre hasn’t been divided into retail as far as I know. There were always stores sharing the taxpayer that housed the Ascot. Unfortunately the marqee has been removed recently.

Divinity
Divinity on October 21, 2004 at 8:50 pm

I believe that the interior is still in tact althoug it closed before I was of legal age to enter since the arthouse became graphically artistic in the 1980’s.

charliek
charliek on September 12, 2004 at 12:44 pm

Yes, the building is still there, with the terra-cotta facade intact. To see a couple recent pics of this old theatre, as well as several other former theatres in the neighborhood, check out my web page:
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