Marboro Theatre

6817 Bay Parkway,
Brooklyn, NY 11204

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Bway on February 23, 2006 at 4:39 pm

That’s how the RKO Madison Theater in Ridgewood met it’s final end….a “mysterious” fire.

MarkW on February 23, 2006 at 3:35 pm

Update: Marquee and lobby lit up for last week or 2. Door broken open again… I wonder if it will be burned down before it is torn down?

Theaterat on February 7, 2006 at 5:01 pm

another one bites the dust. And another one is gone, another one is gone, another one bites the dust.

Bway on February 7, 2006 at 3:47 pm

RH, after I posted that I was thinking the same thing. $10 million is probably accurate. A run down brownstone in Bed=Stuy will cost you at least $500,000 today, so a large theater property in a better part of Brooklyn would only fetch $500,000 more? Not happening. It probably is $10 million, the more I think about it.

RichHamel on February 7, 2006 at 3:43 pm

Anyone who questions 10 Million for the Marboro site should take a look at some current Brooklyn real estate listings. Slightly better than average houses are selling for around 1 million. As Brooklyn continues its renaissance, the remaining theaters in tenuous shape will vanish. I hope something is done with the Loew’s Kings before a developer discovers it.

YMike on February 7, 2006 at 3:42 pm

You also can’t operate a bowling alley in Brooklyn today for the same reason.

theatrefan on February 7, 2006 at 2:28 pm

Given the fact that the Kingsway sold for Five Million in 2000 & the Fortway sold for just over 4 million last year, Ten million does seem kind of high, however Massey Knakal is asking Fifteen million for the Alpine site. Real Estate prices just keep going higher & higher.

It just seems really impossible to operate a movie theatre in Brooklyn for the fact that the land on which it sits on has become such a valuable commodity in today’s Real Estate market.

YMike on February 7, 2006 at 2:10 pm

Given the fact that there really is no place to put a parking lot or garage at this location I always felt it was a longshot to see a new Marboro theatre at this site. This is also the main reason that a planned renovation of the Loews Oriental never happened. I think $10 million for this site is a little to high also.

Bway on February 7, 2006 at 1:33 pm

I iagree with Warren on this, $10 million is a lot, even in NYC’s real estate market. The amount has to be “1 million”, but who knows, anything is possible.
But I think a more important is the rest of the post, and not worrying about the price. The important part of the post is really this part:

included in the bill of sale is a provision that prohibits the property from being operated as a Motion Picture Theatre for a twenty year period.

That is the really unfortunate part of the post, and perhaps the one worth discussing.

theatrefan on February 7, 2006 at 12:26 pm

The New York City Department of Finanace Office of the City Register Automated City Register Information System or ARCRIS. If you look under property records, then by parcel indentifier the borough is Brooklyn and the block is 6575, the lot is 1. you will then see a document for assigment of the deed for that amount. Regal was simply waiting for the highest bidder to come along for the property & they got over 10 million for it.

Using the ACRIS system you can look up what any former theatre sold for, its all a matter of public record.

theatrefan on February 5, 2006 at 9:37 pm

The UA Marboro Quad had been sold by United Artists Theatre Group LLC to PL Marboro LLC For the sum of Ten Million Three Hundred Thousand Dollars (10,300,000.00) included in the bill of sale is a provision that prohibits the property from being operated as a Motion Picture Theatre for a twenty year period.

So much for a replacement movie theatre for the Marboro, Thanks Regal Entertainment Group for getting rid of the last surviving Movie Theatre in Bensonhurst Brooklyn & giving us another office complex.

YMike on January 30, 2006 at 2:21 am

A chain link fence has been erected across the entrance to the theatre.

Bway on January 12, 2006 at 4:29 pm

Oh isn’t that special. Another glass monstrosity replacing something architectual.

mp775 on January 12, 2006 at 3:52 pm

Here is a rendering of the proposed office building: View link

YMike on January 2, 2006 at 12:38 am

It looks like it won’t be long untill there will only be a few theatres left in Brooklyn. Downtown and Sheepshead Bay.

theatrefan on January 1, 2006 at 8:41 pm

There now is a sign on the Marboro Marquee that reads:

Coming Soon * Built To Suit
Office Space For Rent
Massey Knakal Realty Services
Exclusive Agent
Jeffrey A. Shalom
Director of Sales

This is the same Real Estate Firm that sold the Fortway Theatre last year & is in the process of selling the Alpine Theatre now. Oh Well, I guess the dream of a new movie theatre replacing the Marboro is finally over. Good Bye Marboro Theatre, Hello Office Space.

RTorre81 on December 2, 2005 at 7:25 pm

I worked at the Marboro for 3 years from 1996 – 1999 as an usher,
maintenance, and projectionist…. It was some of the best years of my life and it really breaks my heart to see the theater in the condition it is now. I know the theater inside and out, including having seen the original ceiling of the movie theater from which the drop ceilings were added to. I would love to see the theater bought, renovated and turned into a landmark. I’m positive that it would still do decent business because in the late 90’s it was always fairly busy, and the bigger problem for business was not getting quality films the week they came out. If anyone has any up today info on what’s going on with the theater now, please email me.

chconnol on November 17, 2005 at 10:38 am

The pictures on this site for the Marboro only show the front entrance. It doesn’t do the size of this place justice. I was in Brooklyn last Sunday (11/13) and drove right past this place. The marquee is surprisingly large but the auditorium must’ve been fairly large.

Louella on October 17, 2005 at 9:11 pm

I graduated from Seth Low JHS in 1948. The graduation was held at the Marboro Theater. That’s the last time that I was in there!

theatrefan on July 10, 2005 at 1:11 pm

YankeeMike: Actually it’s two blocks, 86th St. to Benson Ave. then Benson to Bath Avenue.

YMike on July 10, 2005 at 12:52 pm

Lets not forget the Deluxe. Only 1 block from the Benson on Bath Ave. I saw movies there untill they switched to porn in the late 70’s.

theatrefan on July 8, 2005 at 11:56 pm

Actually Loews(Sony) owned the Oriental until the very end, it was held by a holding company called Hawthorne Amusement Corp., I have the original article about the closing.

No theatres in Bensonhurst are left, they are all gone, The Oriental, Benson, Walker, Marboro, Walker are now only alive in our memories.

YMike on July 8, 2005 at 6:50 pm

Yes, The Loew’s Oriental. Someone had told me several years before that Loew’s was leasing the property and when the lease ran out the theatre would close. And I guess the lease was up in 1995. There was no advance notice either. The employees were not told untill the last day.

theatrefan on July 8, 2005 at 6:12 pm

YankeeMike, Do you mean the Loew’s Oriental on 86th Street which closed in May of 1995? Sony Theatres also sold that property off when they closed it for good.

YMike on July 8, 2005 at 5:35 pm

I really never believed that a theatre would be built but I was hoping it would happen. The last neighborhood theatre in this area closed in 1995.