Loew's Elsmere Theatre

1924 Crotona Parkway,
Bronx, NY 10460

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Previously operated by: Loew's Inc.

Firms: Shampan & Shampan

Styles: Beaux-Arts

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Loew's Elsmere Theatre

The Elsmere Theatre was one of the first Loew’s theatres in the Bronx, opening in 1914. Never more than first-run for the neighborhood (Tremont-West Farms), it closed in the 1950’s.

For a time, the Elsmere Theatre served as an evangelical church, but by 2004 it was vacant and in a vandalized condition. It was demolished in May 2007.

Contributed by Warren G. Harris

Recent comments (view all 10 comments)

bamtino on July 3, 2004 at 12:27 am

A 1948 image of the theatre can be found here:
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A 2002 image is here:
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OnslowKUA on April 28, 2006 at 3:30 pm

I seem to recall that by the late 1940’s, early 1950’s most theaters had air conditioning. As a young child, I visited this theater once sometime before 1952 and it wasn’t air conditioned.

charliek on May 17, 2007 at 8:18 am

I’ve walked by this site several times in the past few weeks. The portion of the building that had been standing for years has been completely torn down. There is now a backhoe on the lot digging up ground, presumably to prepare for new construction.

kencmcintyre on July 2, 2008 at 5:42 pm

I believe that this theater no longer exists, as was pointed out on 5/17/07. I can’t confirm that, however.

TLSLOEWS on November 3, 2009 at 12:45 pm

Cool picture of the LOEWS ELSMERE. Never heard of it until today.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 17, 2010 at 6:33 am

The Elsmere Theatre was designed by the firm of Shampan & Shampan, architects of the Williamsburg Theatre in Brooklyn.

Here is an early photo of the Elsmere, from a 1916 book, “Theatres and Motion Picture Houses” by Arthur Sherman Meloy.

TLSLOEWS on April 5, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Thanks Tinseltoes.

BobFurmanek on March 20, 2012 at 12:01 pm

On April 22 1953, Film Daily reported on page one that Loew’s was testing various wide screen systems at the Elsmere Theater.

moviebuff82 on July 3, 2017 at 3:56 pm

Like cinemascope and cinerama. Those were the biggies. Panavision didn’t even exist back then, and by the time the theater closed in 1954, vistavision was born.

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