15 E. Fordham Road,
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Previously operated by: Grob & Knobel, Interboro Circuit Inc., United Artists Theater Circuit Inc.
Previous Names: Lido Theatre, Walton Theatre
Located in the Fordham section of the Bronx on E. Fordham Road near Jerome Avenue, the 1913 former Lido Theatre had became the Walton Theatre by 1925 when it was operated by the Grob & Knobel circuit. Last named Capri Theatre from March 2, 1973, it was operated by United Artists into the 1980’s. It is used today for retail.
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In November of 1972 the Lido was playing a trashy double bill of “Blue Money” & “LA Lover” both featuring buxom beauties in the ad. They were distributed by Marvin Films (who sadly booked many of their films into the Rivoli in its final months) and were unrated. To tease potential customers they used the catch line “almost X” :)
A photograph I took of the Lido Theatre in June 2005:
If anybody can remember the name of any longtime employees/managers of this theatre, please let me know. Particularly interested in Managers/Projectionists from the 1950’s.
Circa 1968 photo added courtesy of Bob Greenhouse.
My grandmother took us to see The Blues Brothers at the Lido in the summer of 1980. The person at the concession stand gave us buttons of Jake and Elwood that they were sent by Universal.
This reopened as the UA Capri on March 2nd, 1973 with Jacques Tati “Traffic”. Grand opening ad posted.