Thursday, March 19, 2015

Loew's Paradise Theatre on the Grand Concourse in the Bronx.

This week we have been invited to be special feature contributors on the @eyesonthebronx IG, which is a wonderful feed with "Views of the Bronx" curated by @denn_ice . Please take time to check out this Bronx-dedicated page and give the curators some much deserved thanks, likes and even a follow. We were particularly excited to contribute to the page as we would love to bring more recognition to the borough of the Bronx, which often gets overlooked by people who are thinking about or visiting New York City.
The Loew's Paradise Theatre was built in 1929 at a cost of $4 million. The #movie theater had a lavish auditorium with seating for 4,200 and was designed to transport #Bronx residents to a 16th century #Italian Baroque garden, adorned with marble pillars, statues, tapestries and even a goldfish #pool. The Loew's Paradise Theatre exterior was listed as a New York City Registered #Landmark in 1997 and the #interior was landmarked in 2006. We love this #theater and were so happy when after years of neglect it was restored to its former glory. We particularly love the #vintage #neonsign and amazing #architectural details visible on the terra cotta.
This photo also has special significance because we are working with the Municipal Art Society of New York @mas_nyc in helping celebrate the 50th anniversary of the passage of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Law (April 19, 1965).
Photo and more history appear in our book "New York Nights". #eyesonthebronx #storefront #cinema

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