RKO Castle Hill Theatre

1320 Castle Hill Avenue,
Bronx, NY 10462

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Previously operated by: RKO

Architects: William Shary

Functions: Church

Styles: Tudor Revival

Previous Names: Castle Hill Theatre

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RKO Castle Hill Theatre

The Castle Hill Theatre was opened in September 1927. It was equipped with a Wurlitzer 2 manual 6 ranks organ. Around March 1930 the instrument was removed from the building to be installed in the New Westgate Cinema, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, U.K. The Castle Hill Theatre became part of the RKO chain of theatres. It was closed in 1969 and became the Crossroads Church.

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philipgoldberg on November 13, 2002 at 2:55 pm

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.

William on November 17, 2003 at 4:42 pm

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

edward on March 10, 2004 at 3:24 pm

Link to this former cinema:

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.

dave-bronx™ on March 14, 2005 at 4:59 pm

The exterior of the Castle Hill can be seen here…
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BobFurmanek on February 23, 2006 at 11:53 am

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

nonsportsnut on February 3, 2009 at 5:16 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

BobFurmanek on February 4, 2009 at 2:48 pm

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.

AlanJames on January 28, 2012 at 12:30 pm

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!

pellboy on June 20, 2013 at 4:12 pm

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.

bigjoe59 on May 2, 2019 at 5:07 pm


as pellboy asked June 2013 is closing date of 1969 as stated in the intro entirely accurate?

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