Square Theatre

58 Westchester Square,
Bronx, NY 10461

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The front of the building is still standing and you can tell there was once a marquee on it, unfortunately, the auditorium which stood some distance back from the street has been demolished.

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navist
navist on July 25, 2005 at 1:40 am

Dave,
The SQUARE THEATER was demolished in 1981 along with the Greek Diner and two adjoining stores to make way for the 30,000 sq.ft. Con Edison Customer Service Center now occupied by a Duane Reade Drug Store. The SQUARE was built in the mid-1930s when theater promoter/developers would erect signs on differant neighborhood corners advertising the arrival of a new theater that would never be built – so that the SQUARE THEATER, for example, could/would be built.I know this, because that promoter/developer was my father who subsequently purchased and renovated the SQUARE property in 1948 and operated it until his untimely death at the age of 42 in 1953.

RobertR
RobertR on October 4, 2006 at 8:31 am

“Behind the Green Door” made Marilyn Chambers a star. Here is that film paired with “The Resurrection of Eve” on a showcase run.
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dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on June 3, 2008 at 2:34 pm

OK, apparently this theatre I posted is not the Square Theatre. The place I have been referring to was in the 3-story building in the next block, visible beyond the Square marquee in Lost’s photo, in the center of the building under that gable part of the roof. It explains the previous confusion over the address. Do any old-time Bronx boys or girls remember what the theatre at 49 Westchester Sq. was called?

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on June 3, 2008 at 4:42 pm

The link below (from my post of 03/14/2005) shows the remains of the theatre I have been referring to, scroll to the bottom of the page to the group of 4 pictures. That website, forgotten-ny.com, mis-identified it.
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dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on June 3, 2008 at 8:41 pm

I was there snooping around a while back, and I could see that at one time there was a 2-story structure in the empty space behind that facade, marks from the tar roof on the adjoining windowless walls were evident. An auditorium could have fit in the parking lot in the rear and on the site of that 1960s-style post office behind the parking lot.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 13, 2009 at 12:16 am

From the NYT on January 27, 1968:

JUDGE VIEWS FILMS IN OBSCENITY CASE

Judge Irving I. Schreckinger of the Bronx Criminal Court spent most of yesterday afternoon in a midtown Manhattan screening room viewing two allegedly obscene films, “Infidelity, American-Style” and “Housewives on Call.” The films had been seized by the police at the Square Theater in the Bronx on Dec. 9.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 22, 2009 at 4:11 am

The Square Theatre was renovated in 1936. The March 7, 1936, issue of Boxoffice has an article by architect William I. Hohauser, illustrated with a few photos of the Square Theatre, which was one of his recent modernization projects.

Unfortunately, the scan of the article is very blurry, and about half the text is unreadable, including the part that makes reference to the Square Theatre. The photo caption is readable, but doesn’t give much information. It does, however, specifically say the project was a renovation, so the Square must have operated before 1936, perhaps under a different name.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 7, 2011 at 8:47 am

Here is a fresh link to the photos of the Square Theatre in Boxofffice, March 7, 1936.

bronxtheaters6
bronxtheaters6 on October 30, 2014 at 6:20 pm

I live around the corner from this place the white building is not the square. the square was shut down and demolished in the early 1980s and the building there is new and I saw the pics of it being built in 1981 and the white building was going to be the new square.

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