Creflo Dollar to Start New Church at New York’s Iconic Paradise Theater
This 83-year-old Paradise Theater in Fordham has served many purposes and masters. It’s been a place from boxers to0 brokers but for its next act, the Paradise will play a mega-church.
The World Changers Church of New York led by controversial Pastor Creflo Dollar, has signed a lease to occupy the venue, reported by the Riverdale Review.
The report states:
Built in 1929 to resemble a heavenly paradise, the theater will offer its new congregants just that. World Changers Church preaches “prosperity theology,” a worldview that equates piety and wealth.
“This is the highest and best use for the theater,” said Ruth Furst, a real estate broker who handled the deal for property owner Gerald Lieblich.
But some Fordham residents and longtime Paradise patrons believe the theater should remain an entertainment venue.
“There are plenty of other sites for churches,” said Vic Peters, 65, a building superintendent who remembers watching movies at the Paradise decades ago.
With an elegant facade, murals of cherubs, a cloud machine, a marble staircase and a sweeping balcony, the 3,855-seat movie and play house was a sight to behold when it first opened, and a favorite spot for young couples to canoodle. It cost $4 million to build and showed films such as “Gone With The Wind,” said Lloyd Ultan, Bronx historian.
Now, the prosperity preacher will be walking on a piece of paradise as we already know that is how they roll!
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