Starr Theater

233 Knickerbocker Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11237

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Bway
Bway on September 28, 2004 at 10:18 am

Interestingly, the Associated Supermarket seen in my photo linked above now on the site uses “229 Knickerbocker Ave” as their mailing address. Actually, also you can see the “scars” of the Starr theater on the side of the building to the left of the Associated from when they tore the theater down.

Bway
Bway on September 22, 2004 at 2:25 pm

Here’s a current view of the Starr Theater site taken today.

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The theater is now demolished, and an Associated supermarket built on it’s site.

RidgewoodBill
RidgewoodBill on September 5, 2004 at 6:26 pm

The 1927 FDYB is correct as the United theatre opened for a brief period lasting less than a decade. Your approximation to Navy street is close enough. Building the United theatre proved to be a rather large blunder as the deterioration of the area was already in effect.

EMarkisch
EMarkisch on September 5, 2004 at 3:50 pm

lostmemory….I frequented the Navy Street area from 1953 to 1957 when I attended Brooklyn Tech and took the Myrtle Avenue elevated line to the Navy Street station. I never saw any theater in the immediate area. If there had been one, I would have been drawn to it like a bee drawn to honey. Actually, the area around the el station was rather depressing, smelly and consisted mainly of run down ancient housing and a few decrepid stores. It was doubtful if the area could support a theater at that time what with the Majestic, Momart, Orpheum, Strand, Fox, Albee and Paramount amongst others a relatively short distance away. I might venture to say that if the United Theater ever opened, it may have been a “negroe” theater because the neighborhood in that vicinity under the el was primarily African American. Also, the theater may have been an early casualty of television and closed before I became familiar with the area.

Bway
Bway on August 31, 2004 at 10:50 am

Does the building still exist?