Embassy Theatrer

3208 Fulton Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11208

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panthergirl on September 4, 2007 at 8:24 am

PKoch: Indeed! We used to go to Ridgewood too… wasn’t there a Jahn’s on Myrtle Avenue?

PKoch on September 4, 2007 at 7:22 am

ElaineW and MVitale, you certainly know and remember your old neighborhood well ! It’s like the discussions I started on the Ridgewood Theater page in spring and summer 2004.

Where was the Earl Theatre ? Does it have a page on Cinema Treasures ?

ElaineW on September 3, 2007 at 6:05 pm

I didn’t know Tina. Funny where life has taken us all. I never thought I’d end up in California. I’ve been here nearly 30 years now.

panthergirl on September 3, 2007 at 4:00 pm

How funny! My cousin Dennis is doing fine. He lives in New Hampshire with his wife (a woman he met in Guam when he was stationed there). He has a few grandchildren, too.

I think 1974 or even 75 may have been the last graduating class from St. Michael’s.

What fun! Did you know Tina Suzdak? I think she, too, may have been in your grade.

ElaineW on September 3, 2007 at 3:45 pm

Dennis Wall was in my 7th and 8th grade class but I didn’t know him well. I vaguely remember him being tall and blond. Do you know how he’s doing? My sister, Joan, graduated from St. Michael’s in 1973, I think, though it could have been ‘74. Hers was the last high school graduating class before they closed the school down due to the priest being killed.

Another movie story is when my friend turned 16, I was 15, and another friend, who was 14, decided to go to see West Side Story at the Rivoli theater in Manhattan. As we were not all 16, we almost didn’t get in until a man saw how disappointed we were and said we could go in with him. Luckily, he was truly a nice guy who went his way and let us go ours after we entered.

panthergirl on September 3, 2007 at 3:24 pm

Elaine: No, that wasn’t my Aunt Millie. She had Joseph, Linda and Cathy. My father’s name was Sal but that wasn’t him. My father was the mailman for the neighborhood, from Hill Street to Sheridan Avenue, on the side of Atlantic closer to Liberty.

My sister Loretta graduated from St. Mike’s in 1963 and my sister Corinne graduated in 1968. I graduated in ‘73. I remember Kenny’s because I used to buy my Barbies there! In the '70s, “Electric Lady” was a hip clothing store.

I also had cousins, The Walls, who lived in between the convents on Grant Avenue next to St. Sylvester’s. My cousin Dennis Wall may be about your age.

I was laughing about your movie stories. When I was 13, I was headed to the Earl to see “The Graduate” until my sister told my mother that it was “full of bedroom scenes” and she ran down the block to catch me.

ElaineW on September 3, 2007 at 9:12 am

Wow, M.Vitale! I went to St. Sylvester’s (though I started at P.S. 214 until junior hight) and also went to St. Michael’s. I graduated from there in 1966. Your Aunt Millie had two daughters, Theresa and Utilia, the Dad was Sal who died fairly young. I’ve wondered what happened to the girls. They had cousins who used to visit named Mildred and Florence. What was Ben’s? I remember Bo-Peep, the grocery stores and a shoe store called Hauser’s. I worked as a teen in Woolworth’s and next door was Kenny’s.They were always competing. Also, fairly close to the Earl Theater was an ice cream parlor and a Chinese restaurant owned by a family named Yuen. My friends and I used to “walk up the Avenue” so often on errands for our parents, to go to the movies, and, especially in summer, when we’d get Italian ices from a place called Mom’s.

Back to the Earl. I saw so many movies at the Earl. Those were the days when you could sit in the theater all day if you wanted to. We had a crush on Elvis and to re-watch his film (was it “Girls, Girls, Girls?, or Blue Hawaii) we had to sit through Strategic Air Command again, featuring Jimmy Stewart and June Allison. When I was about 12, my parents sat on the adult side and I sat with my friends in the children’s section. The movie was "Some Like it Hot,” and my mother said my father was concerned that it wasn’t appropriate for children.

panthergirl on September 3, 2007 at 5:39 am

Jack: No, not related to Masoni. My family lived on Sheridan, near the corner of Atlantic Avenue. And YES… the crumb buns were great!!

Elaine: My aunt Millie and cousins Joseph, Linda and Cathy may have lived on Forbell (or Eldert’s…not sure) on the side of Atlantic Avenue closer to Fulton St. We lived on Sheridan, on the other side of Atlantic, closer to Liberty Avenue.

I went out with Gregory Roman who lived on Forbell Street.

I think I saw that movie at the Earl too! I also remember seeing “House on Haunted Hill” and “Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors” there, and running home in the dark, scared out of my wits!

I laughed when I read “Joseph’s Hair Salon”. Remember “Ben’s”? It was owned by Ben Gazzarra’s sister. Some other stores I remember on Liberty were Thom McAnn’s, Crystal’s, King John, John’s Bargain Store, Busy Bee (hamburger place), Bo-Peep (children’s clothing store), Haber Jewelry.

We went to St. Sylvester’s grammar school and St. Michael’s HS.

Love reading this stuff!!!

ElaineW on September 2, 2007 at 10:34 pm

I came across this site tonight by accident but have spent the last hour reading about my old neighborhood’s movie theaters and surroundings. I found M. Vitale’s comments particularly interesting both because I knew a Vitale family who lived on my block on Forbell Street, and because I also used to go to Ariola’s and Jerry’s Records on Liberty Avenue. As a kid, I often went to the Earl Theater, which was a dive but the only show in town for a pre-teen. I remember watching Abbot and Costello Meet Jack in the Beanstalk and actually having to stand in the theater aisle, along with a bunch of other kids, because there were no more seats. On Saturdays, we’d get a slice of pizza for 15 cents or (if we had an extra nickel) a slice of Sicilian for twenty cents, and a coke for 10 cents, at some pizza joint along the way. It was next to Joseph’s Hair Salon. Then we’d go to the Earl for the children’s price of 26 cents and get the cheaper non-buttered popcorn for ten cents(?).

jacktomai on May 31, 2007 at 1:05 pm

I think you might be referring to the Crescent Bakery. It was located next to the candy store on Fulton St. right off Crescent. As you came down the el stairs from the train it was on the right side -same side as Tilotta’s. All their pastries and cakes were put in pink boxes and tied with white string. My family’s favorite item from Crescent Bakery were their fantastic crumb buns. After Mass on Sunday morning everyone coming from Blessed Sacrament Church used to stop at this bakery and the line was literally out the door and sometimes almost to the corner! The best bakery ever. There was another very good bakery on Fulton between Autumn and Lincoln. It was Pabst’s Bakery. I went to Blessed Sacrament school with son Eric Pabst.
For MVitale: are you related to anyone who lived on Autumn Ave (50s/70s) by the name of Masoni?

panthergirl on May 31, 2007 at 12:54 pm

The best record store in that area was Jerry’s on Liberty Avenue near the split for 101st Ave. (in City Line, on the other side of Atlantic). It was way down the Avenue near Areola’s Bakery and the East New York Savings Bank.

Wasn’t there a bakery on Fulton Street that had amazing cheesecake?

PKoch on May 31, 2007 at 12:38 pm

Thank you, all ! Great memories ! Cypress Hills lives again !

I wish Karl B were back to read all this. Don’t know what ever happened to him.

jacktomai on May 31, 2007 at 12:17 pm

For Tim O.:
Thanks so much for the info. It was Lorenzo’s – I have been racking my brain over this for over a year. Thanks!
235-6586 – was that my store’s telephone number? I can’t believe you found that!
I remember Tilotta’s vividly but don’t ever remember them selling records outside or even inside. I was a huge record fan and would have definitely bought records there if they sold them. Until Matty the butcher opened his little record store 2 doors down from my store in the 70s the only record store in the neighborhood that I recall was on Fulton St. across from the A&P. I used to buy the latest 45s in there – they were 69 cents each.
And since this is primarily a movie related site, does anyone from my generation remember the barber shop on Fulton St. (I think it was between Autumn and Lincoln)…for years and years they had an Embassy Poster/Showcard in their window advertising THIS ISLAND EARTH coming to the Embassy. It must have remained in their window for 5 years!

BrooklynJim on May 31, 2007 at 7:04 am

Tim O, London Squire was the name I knew that restaurant by. Many thx!

TimO on May 30, 2007 at 11:30 pm

Hi Jack Tomai & Brooklyn Jim & Peter Koch,

It sounds like you guys are talking about some places I used to know â€"


There was an Angelo’s restaurant right near the Embassy in the 1960s & 1970s. South side of Fulton Street (same as the Embassy), you had to cross Richmond Street (going east towards Chestnut), Angelo’s was about the 2nd or 3rd “in” from the SE corner of Richmond & Fulton.

The other Italian restaurant that was close to the Embassy (in the 60s & 70s) was Lorenzo’s at Norwood & Fulton/Arlington â€" 2 blocks west of the Embassy, you had to cross Fulton Street to the north side.

“Jack’s Tops ‘n’ Bottoms” â€" I used to walk by your store all the time from 1970 â€" 1973! (Sorry, but I never patronized it.) I looked at my 171 yearbook from 1973, and your store ad is there! Does the phone number 235-6586 ring a bell? (no pun intended!) :–) :–) :–)


Sounds like you’re talking about the “London Broil” restaurant (?? maybe the “London Squire”) at Fulton/Crescent. Used to stop in there for fries on my way home from 171. Restaurant was spoken of very highly by the adults I knew.


Sounds like you’re talking about Tilotta’s (variety store) near Fulton/Crescent â€" they used to have their LPs (& 45s) towards the front of the store. Don’t know if they ever had their LPs out front on the sidewalk.

panthergirl on May 30, 2007 at 2:02 pm

Jack, I remember the Hamburg but not the contest!

And YES… Millie is my aunt!

jacktomai on May 30, 2007 at 1:36 pm

One more post, then I gotta run…but I have to ask – does anyone remember the big Hula Hoop contest in the mid 50s that took place on the parking lot of the old Hamburg Savings Bank (Fulton St. between Crescent and Hemlock). The parking lot replaced the old GEM movie theatre in or about 1955. I remember that one of the prizes in the Hamburg Savings Bank sponsored Hula Hoop contest was free admission to the Embassy to see BUS STOP starring Marilyn Monroe!!! Every time I tell people this they think I’m crazy…does anyone remember this? I remember because I came in 4th or 5th or something and that’s how I saw BUS STOP at the Embassy! I must have been 10 or 11 years old and can you imagine that the prize I got was free admission to a Marilyn Monroe movie??? Actually it was great, cause I wound up falling in love with Marilyn from that moment on!

jacktomai on May 30, 2007 at 1:30 pm

We lived on Autumn Ave. between Fulton St. and Ridgewood Ave. We were on the side going towards Jamaica Ave. By the way, we used to know a Milly Vitale back in those days. Any relation?

panthergirl on May 30, 2007 at 1:25 pm

Jack, if you lived on Autumn Avenue on the side of Atlantic closer to Liberty, my father Sal was your mailman.

PS to the powers that be on this site: It’s nearly impossible to find the “log in” link. I had to dig through the FAQs to find the page where I could log in!

PKoch on May 30, 2007 at 11:57 am

Thanks, Jack Tomai. You'rw welcome to the correction on THE NANNY. I know about the Jahn’s in downtown Richmond Hill. I thought there may have once been another Jahn’s across Jamaica Avenue from the Valencia. There used to be a Jahn’s on Queens Blvd. in Forest Hills. I went there with a friend one Saturday in August 1982. We also saw “A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy” that day at the Midway.

I was last in Jahn’s in downtown Richmond Hill Saturday July 8th 2006. As I’ve posted here before, I have literally been in brighter and livelier funeral homes, it was so dark and quiet and uncrowded, the last few times I’ve been in there. Also on July 8th 2006 I went into RKO Keith’s Richmond Hill. It’s still recognizable within as a movie theater, but there was a flea market going on in there when I was there. I spoke with a man named Bob who pointed to the kiddie section he had sat in there as a kid, fifty-odd years ago.

The RKO Keith’s Richmond Hill has a page on this site. I think it’s theater # 3972. I would be most interested in your memories of it. Thanks in advance.

I think the Hillside Roller Rink was at that wonderful skewed intersection of Hillside and Metropolitan Avenues, where Kew Gardens begins to segue into downtown Jamaica. I went there once as a kid of 12 in April 1968 with other kids from the Ridgewood YMCA.

jacktomai on May 30, 2007 at 11:47 am

I have to correct myself! The movie we saw at the Ridgewood Theatre was with Bette Davis but it wasn’t THE NANNY – it was THE ANNIVERSARY and she wore a black eye patch in it! It was 1968. PKoch, thanks for making me think about this!

jacktomai on May 30, 2007 at 11:44 am

Thanks for the correction on THE NANNY. My wife will kill me if she thinks I forgot the name of the movie we saw on our first date! Jahn’s Ice Cream Parlor was on Hillside Ave. next to Hillside Roller Rink and the RKO Keiths (a beautiful theatre in the 50s/60s). Can’t help out with the name of the bar on the border although my cousin Frank owned a tavern called the Autumn Cafe in the 50s located on the corner of Lincoln Ave and Atlantic Ave.

PKoch on May 30, 2007 at 11:02 am


Bette Davis : “The Nanny” : release date, 27 October 1965.

PKoch on May 30, 2007 at 10:59 am

Thanks, Jack Tomai and BrooklynJim (love your accent, and how you spell it). Glad you enjoyed the Boston Baked Scrod.

Thanks, Jack, for your Ridgewood stories. I remember THE BABYSITTER on TV in 1968. I’ll check the release date on the IMDb.


No, I don’t remember Bette Davis' live appearance at the RKO Madison in 1962 for “Baby Jane”, but many thanks for mentioning it. I’m guessing that the ice cream parlor opposite the Valencia was a Jahn’s.

Are either of you guys familiar with “The Last / First Bar In Brooklyn”, about six blocks southeast of Fulton and Crescent, on the Brooklyn / Queens border, near where Fulton Street transitions into Rockaway Boulevard ? I passed it en route to the Cross Bay II at 92nd and Liberty on Easter Eve 1991 to see “Silence Of The Lambs”.

Huge-looking full moon rising dead ahead of me that evening as I walked southeast on Rockaway Blvd. to the Cross Bay II.

BrooklynJim on May 30, 2007 at 10:14 am

Glad to see some new folks on this page: welcome, tkinz & Jack Tomai!

Robbie Dupree & I corresponded briefly on this page (and others) in 2006, but the last post of his I saw was above on Mar. 26, 2007. If he is who you say, I’ve got his “Steal Away” on a red label 45 from the summer of ‘80. Excellent track!

Like Peter, I don’t recall that Italian restaurant, but there was a great seafood place on the corner of Crescent & Fulton in the ‘70s. Their Boston Baked Scrod was su-poib!