Wakefield Theatre

4214 White Plains Road,
Bronx, NY 10466

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Previously operated by: Brandt Theaters

Functions: Church

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Wakefield, Bronx

The Wakefield Theatre was opened on February 4, 1927. This Bronx neighborhood house seems to have closed sometime in the mid-1970’s.

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Recent comments (view all 14 comments)

BronxGuy on February 18, 2007 at 6:07 pm

The Wakefield was my regular Saturday afternoob theater. The usual double feature, Pathe News, cartoon and serial (which we called “The Chapter.”) At one time they had a quiz show on stage featuring neighborhood kids.

Deouan on July 19, 2007 at 7:13 am

Hello everyone, my name is Deouan Wilson and I am a member of Greater Faith Temple which now resides at The Wakefield Theatre. I am a part of our Performance Department and we will be putting on a theatrical production titled, THE WORD on December 1st, 2007. We would like to pay homage to the theatre and invite anyone who remembers the “glory days” when the venue showed motion pictures, hosted boxing matches, etc. So if anyone out there has any pictures, articles or anything interesting about The Wakefield, please contact me at Thanks!

kencmcintyre on November 28, 2008 at 10:55 am

Listed at 4212 White Plains Road in the 1960 yellow pages. Phone number was FAirbnks 4-0400.

Sontaran6 on December 12, 2008 at 3:27 pm

The Wakefield was the biggest and best of the Bronx/Yonkers borderland neighborhood movie houses — including the Kent, the Kimball, the Craft, and the Laconia — that I explored during my high school years (1947-1951). The Wakefield often showed “first run” flicks a little before the others, and was not as gringy as some. The Saturday walk from my home in Woodlawn, across the 233rd Street Bridge and up the hill, is still remembered fondly.

NedMerrill on August 6, 2012 at 8:45 pm

The Wakefield appears in Robert Mulligan’s BLOODBROTHERS in a scene in which Richard Gere takes his kid brother to a matinee of ENTER THE DRAGON.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 2, 2012 at 10:15 am

This web page has a description of the Welte Orchestral Unit organ that was built for the Wakefield Theatre. The organ was temporarily on display at the Exposition of Architecture and Allied Arts held at the Grand Central Palace in Manhattan in early 1927.

Richard Mucciolo
Richard Mucciolo on September 19, 2012 at 2:34 pm

I spent a lot of time in the Wakefield…Laconia (same owners) Craft, Melba and LoewsPost Rd…plus the Lowes and RKO Mount Vernon….I remember when they replaced the marqees on the Laconia and Wakfield and put these modern ones up

BxMovieMaven on January 25, 2015 at 12:47 pm

It was great seeing all the “sneak preview” films on Saturday night, and then staying for the main feature afterwards. Someone posted a photo of “Death Rides a Horse” and “Guns of the Magnificent Seven” showing at this theatre. I remember seeing both of those there, as well as “Midnight Cowboy” (We had to see the sneak preview, which was rated M – now considered the PG – in order to see the then-X-rated “Cowboy”), and believe me, it was great seeing all of the films released by United Artists in that place! I miss it a whole lot!

DavidZornig on November 9, 2016 at 6:16 am

1969 photo added courtesy of Al Ponte’s Time Machine – New York Facebook page.

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