Boro Park Theatre

5102 New Utrecht Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11219

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PKoch
PKoch on April 2, 2007 at 6:56 am

ERD, what a shame about your aunt’s photos being lost.

ERD
ERD on April 1, 2007 at 2:56 pm

Bkj, when my Aunt closed her studio all of her photographic equipment, negatives and copies were stored in the celler of that building since she lived on the second floor. Shortly afterwards, the basement flooded and everything left down there was destroyed.

boroparkjon
boroparkjon on March 25, 2007 at 8:49 pm

Thanks for the info, ERD! I have vague memory snippets of going into that drugstore with my mother. I remember an old man behind the counter who looked like the pepperidge farm man, and those big bottles with different colored liquids in them. Never knew what they represented/signified. Any plans to make public your aunt’s no-doubt fascinating photos?

ERD
ERD on March 25, 2007 at 4:16 am

Irwin Corey lived in the apartment building on 12th Avenue. There was a drugstore on the mainfloor called Rooservelt’s Pharmacy over 55 years ago. My aunt, who had a photography studio in the area, took many pictures for the vaudeville stars when they appeared at the Boro Park and 46th Street theatre.

ERD
ERD on January 30, 2007 at 4:29 am

See Garden theatre(Brooklyn) in Cinema Treasures for the outdoor theatre on New Utrecht avenue.(Roof opened). It was next to Loew’s 46th Street. Loew’s 46th Street building is now a furniture store, I think the Mosque you are referring to is in( or was in) a connecting building next to it. (Check it out in Cinema Treasures)

boroparkjon
boroparkjon on January 29, 2007 at 12:59 pm

In response to Bway’s question of Jun 13-In the early 70s Boro Park was well on it’s way to being the bastion of religious conservatism it is today, but there were still a few bars in the area, even a nightclub of sorts in the basement of the building adjoing(and originally owned by) the old 46th street theater (now the site of the Mosque of the Crimean Turks). I don’t recall porn at the 46th, but just before closing for good, they had a series of concerts featuring the likes of Little Richard, jerry lee lewis, etc.
In regard to old theaters in Boro Park, I’ve heard tell of an outdoor theater on New Utrecht, maybe on the site of the old Bohack sumpermarket, now a hardware and lumber store. Any info?

boroparkjon
boroparkjon on January 28, 2007 at 7:11 am

Just a bit of trivia here. Professor Irwin Corey, the World’s Foremost Authority, grew up in an apartment facing the old Boro Park Theatre. Not sure if it was the 12th or New Utrecht ave. side. Anyone know? By the way, Prince & Sons shoe repair is still there.

PKoch
PKoch on January 18, 2007 at 8:47 am

ERD, thanks for your answer. My understanding is that the Willensky book is a good one. Willensky and I are both Cooper Union graduates.

ERD
ERD on January 18, 2007 at 7:29 am

The only picture (exterior front view) I ever saw of the Boro Park theatre was in the book “When Brooklyn Was The World” by Elliot Willensky. Unfortuantely, I do not know of any link that shows the
handsome interior. Perhaps C.T. member Warren knows of one.

PKoch
PKoch on December 19, 2006 at 7:31 am

Has anyone posted a link to an image of what it used to look like ?

ERD
ERD on December 19, 2006 at 4:30 am

A brick facade, I don’t personally feel it resembled the RKO Bushwick.

ERD
ERD on October 13, 2006 at 6:17 am

I wonder if there are any pictures of the interior of the Boro Park theatre.

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ERD
ERD on June 15, 2006 at 7:16 am

The ambiance of the Boro Park, Loew’s 46th Street and other beautiful movie theatres like it, enhanced and complimented the movie going experience for me. From what little I can remember of it, seeing a movie and then a stage show following it, was something very unique and special.

ERD
ERD on June 13, 2006 at 9:20 am

The neighborhood began turning “orthodox” in 1966. The Boro Park began showing XXX films in retaliation for the egg throwing riot
when the owner had live shows on Saturday. Loew’s 46th Street did not show XXX rated films as a continous policy.

PKoch
PKoch on June 13, 2006 at 7:15 am

I do not know, either.

Bway
Bway on June 13, 2006 at 7:00 am

It’s hard to believe that the 46th Street and the Boro Park both showed XXX in their final years. It’s such ha conservative neighborhood today, I don’t know if that was the case in the 70’s.

PKoch
PKoch on June 13, 2006 at 5:04 am

Or, ERD, as Jay Leno once said, a concrete bunker at the end of the shopping mall !

I know what you mean about movies as an escape from tough times.

ERD
ERD on June 12, 2006 at 8:16 am

Recently I went to a local Upstate NY multiplex where I now live. Compared to the Bough Park and Loew’s 46th Street, it is nothing more than an uncomfortable screening room.

ERD
ERD on February 15, 2006 at 6:30 am

How true! When I gave a background of the movie palaces to many of my young theatre arts students, they became angry that so many of these theatres were destroyed. Of course the modern young generation can not miss what they don’t know exsisted. That it is why it is important to save some of theatres that are left and use them in a positive way as centers of the arts. It usually enhances the community as well. Also,book,documentaries, lectures, and sites such as CINEMA TREASURES are important in educating the public in this subject all our members are so dedicated to.

Theaterat
Theaterat on February 15, 2006 at 5:46 am

EDR try comparing THAT to the ambience and atmosphere of a multiplex!

ERD
ERD on February 15, 2006 at 4:36 am

When I had some rough years as a teenager in the late 1950’s, the Boro Park and Loew’s 46th Street were the places that I could go to for a few hours and escape. It was not only the features they showed, but the atmosphere of the two theatres that comforted me.

Theaterat
Theaterat on February 13, 2006 at 4:35 pm

Yes EDR, it was a beautiful theater.I really liked those box seats and was lucky to sit there a few times- after I asked the manager or someone if it was OK.No real comparison to this and the 46th. St, due to differing interior decorations and styles.Hard to believe it`s gone more than 30 years now!

ERD
ERD on February 13, 2006 at 8:58 am

If there would have not been that neighborhood dispute in the late 1960’s, perhaps the Boro Park could have at least survived in some form or other-as the West End on 52nd street. Ehile having 2,346 seats, the auditorium still had to me had a nice cozy, intimate feeling. The theatre was a real charmer!