RKO Castle Hill Theatre

1320 Castle Hill Avenue,
Bronx, NY 10462

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pellboy
pellboy on June 20, 2013 at 10:12 am

Is the caption under the picture about its closing in 1969 100% accurate? I could have sworn I saw several movies there after that date including Young Frankenstein in 1974.

AlanJames
AlanJames on January 28, 2012 at 7:30 am

Yes, yes, YES Bob & Warren & Nonsportsnut! Moe, Larry, and Curly-Joe DeRita WERE there at the RKO Castle Hill Ave. on Sat. Jan. 27th, 1962 in the Bronx at 11:30am!!! How do I know? Because I was a 5 year old sitting in the audience with my 8 year old brother, (whom my mother forced to take along), and together we screamed with laughter and delight among the audience of kids as MOE, (naturally!), smacked LARRY and Curly Joe in his usual “bitch-slap”, (or MOE slap), routine! It was among my first movie theater memories and I cannot recall 8 foot tall Dave Ballard…but I DO recall Moe slapping his sidekicks as he did “IN THE ACT” for over 30 years! Poor Larry, Curly, Curly Joe and then Joe DeRita for taking those REAL slaps. And let’s not forget Shemp, (Moe’s real brother along with Curly!), for taking lots of smacks from Moe as well. Towards the end…on the Mike Douglas Show…Moe got some comeuppance when his WIFE plastered a huge strawberry-cream PIE right in his FACE! LIVE! That was not part “Of the Act”! Check it out on YOUTUBE! Once upon a time in the Bronx with the 3 Stooges and the RKO Castle Hill…would NOT change growing up in that analog era for anything! WORD UP!

BobFurmanek
BobFurmanek on February 4, 2009 at 9:48 am

On Friday January 26, 1962, the Three Stooges (Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Curly-Joe DeRita) embarked on a three day promotional tour for their latest feature film, THE THREE STOOGES MEET HERCULES. They were accompanied by “The Herculean Giant” (almost 8 foot tall Dave Ballard) and popular DJ Clay Cole, who was one of the stars of the co-feature, TWIST AROUND THE CLOCK.

On Saturday January 27, they appeared at the RKO Castle Hill at 11:30 AM.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on February 4, 2009 at 4:22 am

The promotional tour was almost certainly part of a tour that included a number of theatres per day. Although it may be an arduous task, the best way of confirming date and title would be to search newspaper advertising for those movies. If you have an approximate release date for those movies that includes the month as well as the year, that should make your search easier. Good luck!

nonsportsnut
nonsportsnut on February 3, 2009 at 12:16 pm

I’m trying to confirm a promotional appearance at the RKO Castle Hill Theatre, of the Three Stooges, Moe, Larry and Curly Joe DeRita, to promote either “Three Stooges Meet Hercules” (1962), “Three Stooges in Orbit"1962) or "Three Stooges Go Around the World in a Daze” (1963).

I’m a Three Stooges Fan Club member. The Fan Club is trying to document all of their personal appearances. Any help on this, or any other PA’s would be appreciated.
Thanks, Frank Reighter

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on April 6, 2008 at 5:45 am

Here’s a new direct link to the 1953 exterior image posted above on 9/9/07:
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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on September 9, 2007 at 6:54 am

As the RKO Castle Hill, the theatre had 1,454 seats, according to the records of Theatre Historical Society of America. Here’s a 1953 view of the exterior, with an entrance that had obviously been “modernized” since the 1927 opening. The Wurlitzer organ was removed in 1930, no longer needed due to the arrival of “talkies”: www.i8.photobucket.com/albums/a18/Warrengwhiz/castlehill.jpg

BobFurmanek
BobFurmanek on February 23, 2006 at 6:53 am

To promote his new film “The Ladies Man,” Jerry Lewis appeared on stage at this theater on July 12, 1961.

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on March 14, 2005 at 11:59 am

The exterior of the Castle Hill can be seen here…
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edward
edward on March 10, 2004 at 10:24 am

Link to this former cinema:
http://www.crossroadstabernacle.com/home.htm

Crossroads is located in the Castle Hill section of the Bronx. The historic building, once the RKO Castle-Hill Theatre, has been transformed into a 1,000-seat, state-of-the-art house of worship. The restoration also includes new administrative facilities, a children’s educational wing, and Studio on the Hill which has already been featured in various trade publications. The project was completed by the renowned Walters-Storyk Design Group and CHBO (Chris Bowman Contractors) Inc.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on March 10, 2004 at 7:05 am

The Castle Hill first opened in September, 1927, which suggests that it had owners before RKO, which didn’t exist at that time. The architect was William Shary, who used an English Tudor style throughout. Even the exterior wall above the entrance had castle turrets seemingly holding the marquee in place. After its closure in 1969, the Castle Hill’s first tenant was a bingo hall.

William
William on November 17, 2003 at 11:42 am

The RKO Castle Hill Theatre is located at 1320 Castle Hill Ave..

philipgoldberg
philipgoldberg on November 13, 2002 at 9:55 am

There is a recent photo of this RKO house from Jennifer Lopez’s old neighborhood on forgottenny.com. Check out it and other theaters from the Bronx as they look now. As for the Castle Hill, it is now a church.