Bronx theater trades for $30M in fifth largest sale in the borough since Lehman

By Guelda Voien | May 25, 2012 11:00AM

In the fifth largest property sale in the Bronx since the collapse of Lehman Brothers And The Wall Street meltdown, a multiplex at 2505 Bruckner Boulevard has sold for $30 million, according to records filed with the city.

The Lightstone Group, a privately held real estate owner and manager, bought the property from an entity called Kbt Theatres LLC, which in turned leased back the theater, according to a memorandum of lease filed with the city at the same time. The terms of the lease were not given.

The site houses a 14-screen movie theater, the Whitesone Multiplex Cinemas, which Kbt appears to have owned for decades.

The sale is the largest so far this year in the Bronx, excluding the $59 million purchase of 1880 Bartow Avenue, a self-storage facility, according to data from Real Capital Analytics. The Bartow sale closed for $59.27 million in March. The multiplex is also the fifth-largest sale in the borough since 2008.

David Lichtenstein’s Lightstone Group owns multi-family, retail, office, industrial and hospitality properties in 27 states. The New York-based company bought a residential development site at 50-01 2nd Street in Long Island City for $19.3 million last August.

Calls to Lightstone and Kbt’s attorney were not immediately returned.