Boro Park Theatre

5102 New Utrecht Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11219

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ERD
ERD on November 2, 2005 at 2:19 pm

Thank you,lostmemory. I am sure both theatre organs were not in workable condition when I was young, or perhaps removed by then.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 2, 2005 at 2:14 pm

There is no status given for the organ in the Boro Park Theater. Loew’s 46 Street had a Wurlitzer organ Opus 1678 Style 235 installed in the Universal Theater on 7/23/1927. Status: Used for parts.

ERD
ERD on November 2, 2005 at 2:03 pm

Lostmemory, do you know if it fell into disrepair? I never heard it played, nor remember seeing the console. How I wish I could have tried it out when I lived near the theatre. What about Loew’s 46 Street theatre? I realizes that most fancy theatres had organs installed in those years.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 2, 2005 at 1:58 pm

An Estey organ Opus 1902 Size 3/22 was installed in 1921 which coincides with the opening date of 1921 posted by cjdv on Apr 17, 2005 at 5:22pm.

ERD
ERD on November 2, 2005 at 1:42 pm

The one thing I do not recall seeing in this theatre or
Loew’s 46th Street was an organ. Does any member know for sure?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 1, 2005 at 7:48 pm

A new C/O was issued for this address on November 1, 1929 after alterations were performed on the existing theater building. The alteration consisted of adding additional seating. The owner listed is Loew’s Boro Park Theatre Corp. The architect was Paul Levine.

RobertR
RobertR on July 10, 2005 at 2:35 pm

1952 saw a wide re-release of “King Kong” and “Leopard Man” playing here
View link

Theaterat
Theaterat on April 18, 2005 at 10:21 pm

Bway… I believe that fine work “When Brooklyn Was The World” has a piurure of the Boro Parks marquee. It is from the early 1920s.

Bway
Bway on April 18, 2005 at 11:34 am

I think this image may show the roof of the Boro Park Theater. This photo was taken in 1969 and taken from the 55th Street station of the New Utrect Ave El:
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?1787

Here’s another photo that i believe shows at least the roof of the Boro Park. It’s on the opposite side of New Utrect Ave from the 46th Street Theater, and is around where 51st Street should be. This photo was taken in 1974:
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?24043

By 1976, the building in the 1969 photos is gone, so if this was the Boro Park Theater, it was demolished between 1974 and 1975:
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?4520

Does anyone know of any “real” photos of the Boro Park. The ones I found of the theater linked above, obviously are better than nothing, but it would be nice to see something that shows more than just the roofline and watertower.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 18, 2005 at 11:02 am

The lot size was omitted so I checked the deed and history of this property. The lot dimensions are exactly what CJDV gave two messages above this one. I found a rental agreement dated 11/28/67 between Segula Caterers and the property owner listed as Sylmar Holding Corp. I would assume that this theater closed in the late 60’s. On 9/3/74 the property is registered to the Hebrew Vocational Institute. On 12/4/75 the property was sold to the U.S Postal Service for $262,500.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 18, 2005 at 10:52 am

This the property report for this address. It gives the date that the post office was built.

5102 New Utrecht Avenue, Borough Park, New York 11219

Block & Lot #: 05655 – 0001
Building Class: Post Office (Z3)
School District: 20 map/schools
City Council District: 39
Police Precinct: 66 (Crime Statistics)
Political Contributions: search
BUILDING CHARACTERISTICS
Zoning R6
Building Size (F x D): 97.67ft x 128.00ft
Lot Size (F x D): –
Building Height: –
Total Gross Area of Building:
Year Built: 1977
Historic District?: No
Corner Lot?: Yes
Has Garage?: No
Number of Floors: 1

Units: 0

FAR as built: 0.98
Allowable FAR: 2.43

cjdv
cjdv on April 18, 2005 at 10:09 am

Had trouble with the computer on Sunday and tried to complete the above before the internet crashed again. In the rush made two small errors. Naturally the figure should be $750,000. Also in the sentence “the theatre was completed two years”— “ago” was left out. Sorry.
The Levy Brothers were not theatre operators has such but builders. Also from the June 7th, 1923 article:
“The theatre and business block was part of 100 lots acquired in 1919 by the Levy Brothers. The builders entered the Boro Park field about ten years ago, and built many small homes and apartments in the section.”
Also in the article “The theatre (Boro Park) is one of the many handsome buildings in this boro, devoted to moving pictures and vaudeville built by the Levy Brothers.”

Excerpts from a July 24th, 1919 Eagle article announcing “Big New Theatre for Borough Park”:

“Borough Park is to have a modern theatre building to be similar in design and size to the Bedford Theatre at Bedford and Bergen Street which has a seating capacity of 2,500. The theatre is to be built by Levy Brothers of 189 Montague Street, builders and proprietors of the Bedford, Ridgewood and Fifth Avenue Theatres.” (to avoid any confusion, this is the Fifth Avenue Theatre in Park Slope)
The new theatre “will occupy a plot 200 feet on 12th Avenue, 111 feet on New Utrecht Avenue and 146 feet on 52nd Street”. It was to be called the “Borough Park”.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 17, 2005 at 9:10 pm

I’m still curious as to when the Ridgewood theater opened. The opening year is usually given as 1913 but NYC records give a build date of 1915 for the Ridgewood theater building. You would think that a theater that is still open would be easy to trace its history but that doesn’t seem to be the case with the Ridgewood theater. Finding an opening day ad or article would be the best way to end the controversy.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on April 17, 2005 at 6:33 pm

If, in 1923, the Levy Brothers retained the Ridgewood Theatre, how did they become involved with it? Did they buy it from William Fox, or did Fox buy it from them? Fox has been credited with building the Ridgewood Theatre, but perhaps he didn’t.

cjdv
cjdv on April 17, 2005 at 5:22 pm

Excerpt from Brooklyn Eagle article March 28th, 1921:
“Brooklyn’s newest neighborhood theatre, the Boro Park, seating 2,500, just completed at the corner of 51st St. New Utrecht, has been bought by the B.F. Keith Circuit and will open with vaudeville and motion pictures on Thursday evening April 7th. it will hereafter be known as the B.F. Keith’s Boro Park Theatre. The policy will be two performances a day, presenting six acts of Keith Vaudeville from Keith’s Palace and Orpheum theatres and a first run photodrama”

Excerpt from the Brooklyn Eagle June 7th, 1923:
The Boro Park Theatre, one of the finest playhouses in the boro has been purchased by the Marcus Loew Theatrical Enterprises, Inc. from the Levy Brothers who built the theatre.
“The property, which covers over 13 ½ city lots and includes the theatre, an office building and nine stores was valued at $750,00"
"The theatre was completed two years and has been successful from opening night”
“It is the second theatre” (sold by the Levy Brothers) in the past few months. They sold the Fifth Avenue which they built about 12 years ago. They still retain the Ridgewood and the Bedford Theatres."

ERD
ERD on April 17, 2005 at 4:48 pm

Your welcome, “Theatrerat.” It is nice to share memories with others who have the same warm feelings of the movie palaces.

Theaterat
Theaterat on March 27, 2005 at 3:50 pm

EDR Thanks for the correction. Guess the old memory can play tricks on you, especially after almost 4 decades. What I do remember about the Boro Park is that it was a nice theater and fun to go to- especially if you got to sit in a box seat.

ERD
ERD on March 10, 2005 at 11:32 pm

Tyop correction in above post- There was no main chandelier.

ERD
ERD on March 8, 2005 at 8:18 pm

There was no main chanelier. There was a domed ceiling which had
a circular design on its top with spokes or “rays that came from it and surrounded the dome. Recessed colored lighting on its ledge lit the dome. There were, however, two large latern chandeliers that hung over the 2 marbled box seats on the sides of the proscenium.

Theaterat
Theaterat on March 6, 2005 at 7:01 pm

The Boro park was a classy,elegant theater that opened in 1917.There were marble box seats on either sude of the proscenium and a domed celing.There was a chandelier that hung from the celing and the balcony curved in a graceful arch.There were opera house l[ke seats in the wings.The seats seemed a bit larger than average. There was no seperate entrance from the lobby to the proscenium so you could see and hear your movie if you got up to get a snack.There also was a marble stairway with a red carpet that led to the balcony.The theater resembled an opera house that one would see in Rome or Vienna. Even in its waning days in the late sixties it was always kept very clean. The theater wich was once owned by Loews showed double features and an occasional foreign art film. They also had Yiddish shows from time to time for the then buorgeoning Hassidic community.Ironically enough,the Hassidic community put pressure on the Boro Park and the nearby 46th St. to close on the Sabbath.From the mid to late sixties I saw movies like The great Race. Darling,Promise Her Anything.The Battle of the Bulge,The Professionals,Bonnie and Clyde and others. The last movie I saw there was the OddCouple in 68. Shortly after that they started to show porn. It was boarded up by 1970. The theater got a nasty surprise for her 55th birthday.It was totally leveled to the ground.A new post office opened there. Like so many others she is gone but not forgotten. Theaterat 3 6 05

ERD
ERD on December 1, 2004 at 11:34 pm

Spelling corrections from the above post: Its neo classical interior was very beautiful.. It had a tiled floor that was slanted up to the entrance of the auditorium.

ERD
ERD on December 1, 2004 at 7:30 am

The audiotrium was not cramped at all. It’s neo classical interior was very beautiful. The theatre did not have a fancy lobby. It had a
tiled floor that was slanted up to the enternace of the auditorium.

irajoel
irajoel on November 27, 2004 at 3:42 pm

I grew up going the boro park and saw many many films from the early 50’s up to the 60’s. The interior was cramped and not very interesting to me. The list of films is endless. It was torn down to make way for a post office. Any memories of the Normande theatre on new utrecht and 43st? I took a “tour” a few years back of the Loew’s 46st. Lots of great stuff was still there, the floor and water fountains and the staircase. Smaller than I remember it.

PeterKoch
PeterKoch on May 17, 2004 at 1:09 pm

Thank you Warren. I will post links to nycsubway.org images of those stations that show those theaters once I have identified them.

My one time to the ex-Loew’s Corona Plaza at 103rd and Roosevelt was to see the 1998 “Godzilla” film with Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno, and “Mayor Ebert” (Roger Ebert look-alike) the last Thursday in May 1998. It was like seeing the 1961 Sidney Pink film, “Reptilicus”, at the RKO Madison Theater in Ridgewood when I was 5 ½. I noticed a similarity in the ceiling over the orchestra seating section : a repetition of what I think of as “the bottom half of the planet Saturn” throughout the ceiling.

I found the Spanish captioning of “Godzilla” at the Corona Plaza to be interesting : “He’s a scumbag !” was rendered “ Es despicable !"
When French was spoken by Reno (the French Sly Stallone ?) English and Spanish were both shown below. Trilingual moment.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 17, 2004 at 12:59 pm

Peter, there are views of the Bliss Theatre in Sunnyside, Queens, at the 46th Street station of the #7 IRT line. Also, the ex-Loew’s Plaza at the 103rd Street-Corona Plaza station of the #7.