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.

Contributed by dave-bronx

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 3, 2008 at 12:28 pm

Here is a photo of the Square Theater.

dave-bronx™ on June 3, 2008 at 1:34 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?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 3, 2008 at 1:59 pm

I don’t know what theater that could be Dave, but the address for this listing (Square Theater) should be changed to 58 Westchester Square. When you find out the name of the other theater, you could add it to this website, unless its already listed here.

dave-bronx™ on June 3, 2008 at 3:42 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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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 3, 2008 at 7:12 pm

The Department of Buildings lists an apartment complex located at 49 Westchester Square. Click this link and enter 49 Westchester Square Bronx NY 10461 into the search field. In the aerial view, it looks like the facade in the Forgotten-ny photo is just that, a facade with no building behind it.

dave-bronx™ on June 3, 2008 at 7:41 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.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 2, 2008 at 2:34 pm

This is a new link to the Square Theater photo posted on Jun 3, 2008 at 12:28pm.

kencmcintyre on January 12, 2009 at 10:16 pm

From the NYT on January 27, 1968:


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 2:11 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 6:47 am

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

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