Windsor Theatre

315 E. Kingsbridge Road,
Bronx, NY 10458

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Windsor Theatre, Bronx, NY...FOrdham Rd.

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The Windsor Theatre opened around 1920 with 1,600 seats, located in the Fordham section of the Bronx on Kingsbridge Road near Fordham Road. Closed by the early-1950’s, the former theater now houses a restaurant on the ground floor and a nightclub upstairs. The main entrance has been redeveloped and in 2005 was in use by a law office.

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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on January 27, 2009 at 8:24 am

This capsule biography mentions that Levitan’s projects included “theaters” in the plural, yet the Windsor is his only listing at Cinema Treasures. Does anyone know of any other theaters designed by Levitan? Perhaps none of them ever served as cinemas.
http://eng.archinform.net/arch/73731.htm

megjones
megjones on April 1, 2009 at 7:37 am

I’m interested in anyone who remembers the Lido Rivera restaurant next door to the theatre. I believe my grandfather may have been part owner.

lynncourt
lynncourt on April 1, 2009 at 10:49 am

Hi Lesthezuck- thanks for the kind comments about the Lido Rivera Restaurant. My father was one of the owners and my uncle was a waiter there. I’m wondering if you’re someone I would remember or vice versa. Who was your friend? I’d love to hear from you.

Sontaran6
Sontaran6 on May 10, 2009 at 3:56 pm

As I reported earlier, I remember the Lido vividly. I was just a post-Depression kid, many decades ago, but the Lido was my introduction to genuine “elegance”. Whenever the family wanted to do something really fancy, Grandma took us to the Lido — real tablecloths, great breadsticks, and more than enough suave to stun an incipient delinquent. For some reason, I remember the restaurant was shaped like an upside-down “L”. The best tables were in the back, away from Kingsbridge. We could not have gone more than a dozen times, but the Lido remains one of my fondest New York memories. It was a magnificent place!

litartists
litartists on July 31, 2010 at 8:13 pm

Shortly after the Broadway production of “Arsenic and Old Lace” closed in 1944, it toured NYC’s Subway Circuit theatres, including the Windsor Theatre in the Bronx. For my 12th birthday, the theatrical producer, Carol M. Sax, arranged for his secretary (my sister) to take me to see the comedy play at the Windsor. The play starred Josephine Hull, Jean Adair and Boris Karloff, the same cast that appeared in the Broadway production. Mr. Sax also arranged for me to go backstage after curtain and meet, his friend Josephine Hull. She was as sweet in person as she was in her role as Abby Brewster. She chatted with me for a while, introduced me to Jean Adair, and then gave me a goodbye kiss for my birthday. When the movie, starring Cary Grant, opened later that year at the Strand Theatre, I was thrilled to see Josephine Hull once again, this time on the big screen.

missfedora
missfedora on August 7, 2010 at 10:20 am

I grew up near Fordham Road and in the 1940s the Windsor was one the “subway circuit” theaters. I don’t recall the name of the play, but I remember the actress Kay Frances was appearing there.

Sontaran6
Sontaran6 on June 21, 2011 at 2:32 pm

The Google Map picture that now pops up in this post’s heading shows a stretch of Bainbridge Avenue, too far east of the Windsor to show any of the theater’s building. The posting needs a gizmo to allow a viewer to navigate around the block and fix the correct view. The Windsor’s façade still faces East Kingsbridge Road.

Sontaran6
Sontaran6 on June 23, 2011 at 8:56 am

The Google Map picture has been corrected. Compare to the old picture linked in Lostmemory’s posting of July 2, 2008

Richard Mucciolo
Richard Mucciolo on September 19, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Here is my final addition of theatres, I have no more…the Windsor was one of the great Bronx Theatres…large inside and had vaudeville, etc …in later years it showed three movies instead of a double feature…I was about 15 and went to one…and got home so late I thought my father was going to kill me…

mjmansbach1
mjmansbach1 on May 11, 2013 at 7:42 pm

Just this evening, I attended a show at the Historic Asolo Theater, here in Sarasota, where I now live…it was about the golden age of operetta and as we were leaving I said to my wife that the first operetta I ever saw was The New Moon by Sigmund Romberg at the Windsor Theater in The Bronx, near Poe Park…. Then I tried to remember the name of the show I saw there that starred Sam Levene, couldn’t think of it…. Thru the marvel of the Internet, I found this website and saw the comment by lesthezuck about LIght Up The sky, with Sam Levene…. Just wanted to say thanks, Les….glad to know that I wasn’t the only one who saw it….LOL….

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