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I am sure this was a very small makeshift theater that was not designed in any notable style. Most of the theaters like it closed before the 1920’s.
If the buildings depicted on the Google map include the old theater’s address, then the building was probably not demolished but just re-used for another purpose. All of these wood frame houses were built before the 1910’s. In all probability, this was a tiny Nickelodium type theater that had a pretty brief existence and then closed up shop.
This is unbelievable! Who would have thought that anything like this would ever open in this once god forsaken area.
Thanks so much for posting the three photos from 1921. They are certainly worth a look – and the Parthenon was still in Brooklyn!
What a terrific photo. Thanks for posting it.
The sheer stupidity of this continues.
Thanks robboehm for the photo; this is the same picture that was posted some time ago but then suddenly vanished. Hopefully, it will be featured at the top of this treater’s main page.
I was able to visit this site yesterday. Not only does the old building look in pretty good shape but the site is now being advertized as being for lease. This could provide an opportunity for the new arty community in Bushwick to secure a very interesting venue. As it appears that the old theater has not been altered, this could make for a very promising situation. Let’s see what – if anything – happens.
I finally passed by this site today and – yes- nothing of the former theater remains. Only a vacant lot – which will probably not remain vacant for long, though, who knows – remains.
I passed by the site yesterday. Construction has very much commenced on the new Alhambra apartments site. It looks like this will be a very interesting restorative job – a great homage to the past. Too bad the old day care center was swept to the wayside.
A terrific picture. I wonder if any of these buildings are still standing?
An article in a local blog indicates that the construction of a large seven story yeshiva is proposed to occur on this site. This has now become a very large and very orthodox Jewish community.
Thanks for providing not only a glimpse of the old theater but also of the long gone blockfront. Everything has changed, Queens Restaurant moved up the block and a Barnes and Noble book store now occupies the first two floors of the large building that runs through the entire block.
Thanks so much for performing this important service. By the way, do you have any idea why these parties – and we know who they are – decided to take their contributions away from Cinema Treasures? Was this done at their volition – or did the web site take any action here?
The local papers have now announced that – believe it or not – a Starbucks will open at this location. This will make it the first Starbucks to open in either Ridgewood or Bushwick.
Thanks so much for this vintage photo, robboehm. Since so many of the old pictures that were once posted have disappeared, it’s great to see some new ones.
While the picture is very blurry, I was able to – I think – make our the lower film as being “The Forest Rangers”. Since this film, which starred Fred MacMurray, Paulette Goddard and a young Susan Hayward, was released in late 1942, this shot was probably taken sometime in 1943. The fact that the Nassau was clearly not a first run theater should explain the time lapse.
Today’s Brownstoner blog reports that this site is now being demolished and will be replaced by a much needed supported housing development.
Just google brownstoner and open its main brooklyn link. The article was posted earlier today. Sorry I cannot be more specific but I can’t negotiate the current way to link things in this page.
I subsequent post in Brownstoner confirmed that the old building has now been demolished in preparation for its all too modern replacement. Thus, the closed/demolished tag should now be applied to the old Public Palace. RIP.
Based on an article in today’s Brownstoner, it appears that this site will soon be demolished and replaced with a four stroer “cracked mirrored” building. It actually looks quite interesting. And so it goes.
You are absolutely right Bway, especially since the lobby could have been a terrific gateway to the residence. But I guess the bottom line – and a severe lack of imagination – said otherwise.
So sorry to hear the bad news Bway – but thanks for being the messenger. It is too bad that none of the proposals for the retention of at least a small portion of the old theater that some local groups had presented went anywhere. But at least we wil have our memories – and this terrific page.
With the closing of the Branden on Austin St. – which did show (mostly poor) first run movies – and the fact that the Atlas Mall Cinema, which has its own problems, is not really a direct competitor – the Cinemart is well positioned to be offered more first run releases. The fact that the owner finally invested the funds to upgrade to digital should further help things. Since most first run movies released in January and February are crap, this should not make the lack of such releases a big deal, at least for now. In fact, the Cinemart is probably doing better business in showing second run Oscar nominated films like “Birdman” than in screening anything newer.
Beyond the search for first run releases, the Cinemart should pursue the screening of interesting and provocative Indy movies. There is a market for these films that is not totally sated by the Kew Gardens Cinema. Also, I am sure many Forest Hills residents would be very interested in this market. Just a thought.
My wife and I braved the rainstorm yesterday and saw Birdman at the Cinemart. It was a very enjoyable experience – and the movie is VERY good. In fact, in addition to “American Sniper” and “Birdman”, at least two other of the leading films of 2014 are currently on display here. The theater was very well attended – nearly sold out – at our matinee performance. So, at least at the outset, things are looking very good here. I hope many of you will also visit the Cinimart during the next critical weeks.
I think one of the problems facing this theater was that – until very recently – the owner of the Cinemart did not upgrade his screens to accommodate the digital technology. Since the major distributors are now only going digital, this posed a real – and possibly fatal – problem. But, as noted in an article in today’s NYC DNA, the owner is making this investment. This should hopefully enable the Cinemart to stay competitive – as long as we locals continue to patronize it.
So, by all means, let’s try to pack the place over the next few weeks, and beyond!