Melrose Theatre

421 E. 161st Street,
Bronx, NY 10451

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Functions: Daycare Center

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Melrose Theatre

The Melrose Theatre opened in 1916, on 161st Street near Melrose Avenue. It could seat 1,129, and originally also had a rooftop theater that could accomodate close to 1,100 more. In the 1940’s, the Melrose Theatre was converted into a banquet hall. Today, it functions as a daycare center.

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charliek on September 12, 2004 at 11:40 am

Considering its age, this is still a handsome building, with some nice detail on the facade. To view some recent pics, click here:
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shoeshoe14 on July 30, 2007 at 3:32 pm

I biked by here the other day and noticed it too. It didn’t look to grand. I find it hard to believe that it sat more than 1,000 but the facade is very nice. Upon close inspection of one of the friezes, (the one in the picture didn’t show what I saw), there was a date of “March 19, 1921”. Was this the date of the decorative piece?

kencmcintyre on December 23, 2008 at 5:50 pm

From Boxoffice magazine, 1/9/38:

The Melrose, 417 E. 161st St., is now being operated by Jacar Theaters, Inc. The Jersey City Holding Company, Inc., has acquired the Strand, East Orange, N.J.

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