Marboro Theatre

6817 Bay Parkway,
Brooklyn, NY 11204

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Louella
Louella on October 17, 2005 at 4:11 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!
Karl

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 24, 2005 at 11:20 am

A C/O was issued to a new building at this address on June 6, 1928 for a 2246 seat motion picture theater. The name of the owner is listed as Marboro Theatre Corp. The architect was C.A. Sandblom.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 17, 2005 at 11:15 am

Here is another photo of the Marboro Theater.

Theatrefan
Theatrefan on July 10, 2005 at 8:11 am

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

YMike
YMike on July 10, 2005 at 7:52 am

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
Theatrefan on July 8, 2005 at 6:56 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
YMike on July 8, 2005 at 1:50 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
Theatrefan on July 8, 2005 at 1:12 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
YMike on July 8, 2005 at 12:35 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.

Theatrefan
Theatrefan on July 8, 2005 at 12:24 pm

There may be copies filed with the NYC Department of Buildings office in Brooklyn. I know the architecture firm Urbitran was picked to do the plans for the new Marboro. Urbitran also was the firm drafted to do the plans for the expansion and renovation of the United Artists Sheepshead Bay Stadium 14 in back 2002.

YMike
YMike on July 8, 2005 at 11:43 am

I wonder what the architectural plans looked like. Is there anyplace where they would be on file and could be viewed?

Theatrefan
Theatrefan on July 8, 2005 at 11:40 am

No buyer just yet, the asking price is about 12.5 million, in comparison the Kingsway sold for 5 million in 2001 and the Fortway was just sold for about 4.5 million earlier this year. Is the Marboro property really that much more valuable?

br91975
br91975 on July 8, 2005 at 11:30 am

Any word on a potential buyer?

Theatrefan
Theatrefan on July 8, 2005 at 11:24 am

Regal Entertainment Group was in the process of building a new theater on this site, (building permits were filed, and architectural plans were drawn up) when prospective buyers showed up at their door waving millions of dollars for this property.

They then decided its better to take the money and run, and as a result the UA Marboro property is currently being sold off, the dollar signs in their eyes were far greater than providing this community with a decent place to see a movie.

Theatrefan
Theatrefan on June 26, 2005 at 7:01 am

The UA Marboro was at one time part of the Randforce Theatres Circuit, which also included the Savoy, Walker, Duffield, Clinton, Ridgewood, Colonial, Beverly & Culver Theatres.

JennieL
JennieL on June 19, 2005 at 5:24 pm

This was such a great movie theater. i remember when i went here when i was really young. Now, it stinks that I have to go really far to go to the theater, when I now live 2 blocks from the theater. They said that it would demolish and that they will rebuild it. But, there hasn’t been any construction.

Greenpoint
Greenpoint on May 15, 2005 at 6:47 pm

I had one of the worst blind dates in the history of blind dates here, it was in the summer of 1997. My friend Joey’s latest girl-flavor Lisa hooked me up with her friend, some Chinese woman from Sunset Park: I think she was a nurse at Beth Israel.Anyway the 4 of us all decided to see Face Off with Nicholas Cage and John Travolta. Great movie… bad date.If I recall we were on the bottom floor, I don’t remember the sound or picture quality (due to the passage of time-and nothing else unfortunately:(

YMike
YMike on May 15, 2005 at 4:44 pm

Yes, It’s sad but you can also say that about most of the neighborhoods in Brooklyn. I think there are 12 theatres in the whole borough.

Theatrefan
Theatrefan on May 13, 2005 at 4:26 pm

There actually was a permit filed with the NYC Dept. of Buildings for the Repair and Upgrade Of the Existing Marboro Theatre back in June 2003 by the same design firm that handled the retrofit of the Sheepshead Bay, so I do believe it was on the drawing board at one point. Probably after carefull consideration they decided that it was just better to sell this property than to do the upgrade. It’s really a shame, Bensonhurst now will have no movie theatres at all.

YMike
YMike on May 12, 2005 at 6:29 pm

I never really believed that the Marboro would be rebuilt as a multi-plex. There is no place to park and no land for a garage. Even know the theatre is 3 blocks from the subway and it is served by a major bus route (B6) people will only come if they can bring their cars. Sad to say all we can do is wait until the building comes down or is gutted for retail space.

RobertR
RobertR on May 11, 2005 at 10:24 am

This is a pathetic situation, I guess it was too good to be true that Regal was going to build a new theatre. People are so willing to flock to the horrid Sheepshead Bay, seems like the whole boro goes there.

Theatrefan
Theatrefan on May 11, 2005 at 10:21 am

During the demolition process the Kingsway owners also could not keep their property secure. The side doors on Coney Island Avenue would just be flapping open in the wind. Don’t property owners realize just how dangerous these abandoned theatre really are? The New York City Department of Buildings have a special phone number set up just for these type of dangerous buildings.

br91975
br91975 on May 11, 2005 at 9:14 am

Of course, contrary to what they may believe, it IS Regal’s responsibility to maintain and consistently secure the Marboro, even though they’re selling the property. Totally clueless, totally helpless…

Theatrefan
Theatrefan on May 11, 2005 at 8:25 am

I finally heard from Regal Entertainment Group yesterday. They now claim that they have dropped their plans to redevelop the Marboro Theatre site into a modern day multiplex, the property is now up for sale. Regal claims that the new owner of the property can still make this into a movie theatre, but I doubt that will happen. I guess we will either get another drug store, or it will be turned into condos.

Theatrefan
Theatrefan on May 1, 2005 at 7:29 pm

The side door to this place is just swinging in the wind, not secure at all. Anyone can basically walk in and really hurt themselves badly. Can’t Regal keep this place secure, so people can’t get hurt?