Melba Theatre

3428 Boston Road,
Bronx, NY 10469

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Roger Katz
Roger Katz on September 8, 2004 at 3:00 am

The Melba’s old auditorium is now a church. The lobby houses a retail store.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on September 10, 2004 at 4:26 pm

Somewhere between the 1941 and 1942 Film Daily Year Books, the theatre might have been renovated because the name changed from Melba to New Melba. But the seating capacity remained the same at 594.

RobertR on July 4, 2005 at 10:54 pm

The Melba was still in operation in 1974.
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mauriceski on November 1, 2005 at 8:36 pm

I attended this theater during the 1960s several times.It was a neighborhood movie house in the north east Bronx in the Hillside Homes area.It reminded me a lot of the Malboe Theater out in Jamaica.It had one less seat 594 to 595.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 2, 2008 at 3:05 pm

Why do some of your links have such a short life? That of 6/3/08 lasted barely a month. I guess that’s what happens when you link to sources not your own. You have no control over it.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 2, 2008 at 5:46 pm

Well, we agree on at least one thing. I also abhor “stealing” of any kind, and think it should be punished to the full extent of the law.

ewinston65 on February 22, 2011 at 8:08 pm

Wow, the Melba Theatre was probably my favorite place on earth in the mid to late seventies. I remember the days when Saturday would be spent at the Melba. And I mean ALL DAY Saturday. Three features, starting at noon. It was really awesome for a preteen boy like myself with his hormones starting to flare up, because I could go see two Pam Grier movies, or two “Shaft” features, or any number of highly inappropriate movies for a boy my age, and we never got carded for Rated “R” movies. Stuff like Superfly, The Mack, Black Caesar, Mandingo, and on and on. Lots of nudity & sex scenes, plenty of violence, drugs, pimps & pushers, good old wholesome themes like that. Sometimes it was monster movies, sometimes it was Bruce Lee flicks. They would try to make the outing more family-friendly by inserting a more age-appropriate feature in between, like Swiss Family Robinson or Grizzly Adams. Those middle features turned out to be the social hour, as hundreds of rambunctious preteens passed the time before the real action to start again. Unless you were unfortunate enough to have had to bring your baby sister to the show – then you might actually have to watch Pippi Longstockings. Those sure were the days!

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