Jackson Theatre

745 Westchester Avenue,
Bronx, NY 10455

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Originally opened in 1919 as the Coleman Theatre, by 1930 it had been renamed Louis Theatre. I attended this theater during the early-1940’s when I lived two blocks away. Then it was then named the Jackson Theatre (I lived at 711 Jackson Avenue). I remember the Saturday matinees where for 25 cents the kids in the area could see three full length films plus a cartoon and adventure serial. There also was the overweight matron in her white uniform who walked the aisles trying to keep the kids quiet.

The theater was finally renamed Borinquen Theatre before it closed and is now a grocery store.

I would like to receive all available information on the Jackson Theatre as well as hear from others who remember it.

Contributed by Shelly Gilman

Recent comments (view all 8 comments)

RobertR on September 30, 2004 at 1:56 pm

It’s funny those matrons were always overweight and the uniform two sizes too small :)

KenRoe on July 5, 2005 at 10:18 am

Listed in the Film Daily Yearbook 1930 edition as the Louis Theatre with a seating capacity of 728.

By the 1941 edition of F.D.Y. it was the Jackson Theatre with 599 seats (same details in the 1943 edition).

In the 1950 edition of F.D.Y. it is the Borinquen Theatre with a seating capacity of 570. Disappeared from listings in 1957 edition.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on September 15, 2006 at 8:05 am

The Louis Theatre was “modernized” into the Jackson in 1935 by architect Ben Schlanger. According to historian Michael Miller’s list of Brooklyn theatres, the house first opened in 1919 as Coleman’s.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on September 15, 2006 at 8:08 am

Sorry! I meant Michael Miller’s list of BRONX theatres! I don’t know if the now deceased historian ever compiled one for Brooklyn.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 15, 2006 at 8:21 am

Here is a recent photo of a supermarket located at this address. Photo is from the Charlie Kraybill website. Caption with photo reads “745 Westchester Ave. (below E. 156th St.). Opened in 1919. Later became the Coleman Theatre, then the Louis, finally the Borinquen. Razed around 1947”. Is the supermarket the same building as the theater, or was this theater demolished?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 3, 2008 at 9:27 am

The Jackson Theater can be seen in this photo.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 1, 2008 at 6:30 am

I don’t know why that comment was saved to this listing. Anyway, here is an updated link for the Jackson Theater photo.

Markiebee800 on September 17, 2012 at 10:21 pm

The Supermarket that the theatre became can be seen in the 1993 Movie, Hanging' with the Homeboys with John Leguizamo,Nestor Serrano, Doug E. Doug & Mario Joyner…

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