Savoy Theatre

2341 Hughes Avenue,
Bronx, NY 10458

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This theater originally opened as the Hughes, and was later known as Cinell’s Italian-American Savoy Theatre and still later, simply the Savoy Theatre. It was located at Hughes Avenue and 186th Street, in the Belmont neighborhood of the Bronx, the “Little Italy” of that borough.

The Savoy Theatre closed by 1970, and was later torn down to make way for the Enrico Fermi Cultural Center and Belmont branch of the New York Public Library.

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 27, 2006 at 5:38 am

In the 1926 edition of Film Daily Yearbook this is listed as the Hughes Theatre, 186th Street & Hughes Avenue (no seating capacity is given, so this could have recently opened when the F.D.Y. went to print). In the 1930 edition of F.D.Y. it is known as the Savoy Theatre with 1,000 seats.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 11, 2008 at 5:05 am

Here’s a new link to a vintage image described above on 11/2/06:
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prompterbob
prompterbob on July 1, 2008 at 10:31 am

I’m 55 and grew up on Beaumont Avenue. My best childhood memories are going to the Savoy every Saturday (and sometimes Sunday) for the children’s matinee. I really miss that place. I just found an 8mm film I took when they demolished the Savoy. I plan to put it on YouTube soon.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 1, 2008 at 10:39 am

If it’s similar to another photo that someone displayed, why bother to post a link to it? Just so that you can add another post to your record of more than 20,000? Since you seem to be suffering from acute verbal diarrhea, I suggest that you change your moniker to Loose Bowels.

prompterbob
prompterbob on January 2, 2009 at 3:39 pm

I just posted a short film I made about The Savoy. You can watch it on YouTube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1ftGm69Hs4&fmt=18

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on January 3, 2009 at 4:50 am

Bravo! Extremely well done! But at least the theatre was replaced by a public library, which hopefully will serve the community well for many generations to come. Thank God it didn’t become another supermarket or Duane Reade!

prompterbob
prompterbob on January 3, 2009 at 1:45 pm

Thanks Warren. Yeah, most of the old theatres are unrecognizable, except for the ones turned into churches or bingo halls. They still have the marquee outside.

prompterbob
prompterbob on July 1, 2009 at 3:29 am

I recently updated the short film I made about the Savoy, which shows when the theater was demolished. You can watch it on YouTube at the link below…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bU63XQghLMY&fmt=18

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on April 13, 2011 at 7:45 am

This was built as the Hughes Theatre by Isador Benenson, a real estate investor whose death, at age 68, was reported in The New York Times on 2/21/1946. According to the obituary, Benenson and sons Charles and William were also responsible for the Benenson, Freeman, and Winter Garden cinemas in the Bronx, and the Austin in Kew Gardens, Queens. The Winter Garden was apparently the earliest and closed in the 1920s. The address, according to Michael Miller’s list of Bronx theatres, was 1874 Washington Avenue. Miller gave no seating capacity.

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on November 12, 2012 at 7:23 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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