Walker Theater

6401 18th Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11204

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RobertR
RobertR on February 10, 2004 at 9:20 am

The sky was blue, but like mentioned no clouds or twinkling stars. When the theatre was multiplexed all of the side arches and murals were restored and relit. Like I mentioned in an earlier post the quad was built like a free standing shell to not ruin the walls or ceiling. I have been told everything is in place and that the present store only occupies the lobby and part of the orchestra. Even the marquee is under the present sign. What a shame it is not being used as a theatre, it’s a great busy area. As for The Marlboro it looks like UA is actually going ahead to multiplex it. I dont know how many scrweens, and part of the reason the Midaway turned out as good as it did is that UA sold the building to real estate developer Elias Heskell who did the renovations and UA got the right to operate the theatre.

MarkW
MarkW on February 9, 2004 at 3:31 pm

Warren,

I believe the Marboro and Walker were “Cousins” Do you have any info on the Marboro such as the builder etc. I think the Marboro was always movies due to the lack of dressing rooms but I may be wrong. If you have any info on the Marboro, Can you please post it on the Marboro page? Thanks!

-Mark

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on February 9, 2004 at 9:43 am

I have a photograph of the Walker Theatre’s auditorium which shows a highly decorated ceiling with a shallow dome at the center. The photo is in B&W, so it’s possible that flat portions of the ceiling between the ornamentation were painted blue to simulate the sky showing through, but this was definitely not a true “atmospheric” theatre. Decorating the side walls at a level with the balcony were rows of simulated arched windows framing painted murals of the Spanish countryside…The architect of the Walker was Charles W. Sandblom, with interior decoration by Vincent Margliotti. The organ was a Wurlitzer H-NP 2/10.

ERD
ERD on February 8, 2004 at 2:45 pm

The Walker theatre’s ceiling was dark blue, representing the sky. It was in the “atomspheric” stlye as the interior was designed to make you think you were outside. (The Walker was in many ways like a small version of Chicago’s Paradise theatre) When I took a private tour of the THE WALKER years ago, I spoke with the caretaker who was there when the theatre opened. He gave me a great deal of information.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on February 8, 2004 at 1:41 pm

The Walker was a beautiful theatre, but NOT in the “atmospheric” style with the auditorium ceiling decorated like the night sky with twinkling stars and floating clouds. To the best of my knowledge, Brooklyn had only three “atmospheric” theatres: Loew’s 46th Street (originally known as the Universal), the Fortway, and Loew’s Pitkin…United Artists Theatres did not “take over” the Randforce circuit. It was simply an all-encompassing name change for a circuit that had been previously conducting business in different boroughs as Randforce, Skouras, or whatever.

sloopiel
sloopiel on February 8, 2004 at 1:25 pm

I also graduated from Shallow Junior High in 1970 at the Walker. I remember the movies Orlando describes playing there. It is a shame that these theaters, movie palaces, are all gone now. The Walker was beautiful, just like the movie palaces on Flatbush Avenue, the Loews Kings, and the others. They made movie-going a lot more fun. How sad that such a part of NY history and tradition is going to waste. Maybe some of these theaters could be converted into live community theaters.

RobertR
RobertR on January 27, 2004 at 11:17 am

The multiplexing of the theatre was done in a way as to not destroy any of the walls or ceiling. It was almost like a free standing shell. There was one theatre in the balcony and three downstairs. The two under the balcony were tiny but the other one allowed the walls and arch to be seen. In typical UA fashion they mismanaged this place and just closed it. The Mandys store is only built in the lobby and part of the auditorium, dead center. The entire theatre is there untouched as per the lease with the owner. The marquee remains also. Maybe someday someone will make this a live theatre. By the way in the 70’s they played loads of italian shows here with people like Tony Bennett, Al Martino and Connie Francis.

Orlando
Orlando on January 27, 2004 at 9:27 am

I graduated from Shallow Junior High School at the Walker Theatre in 1970. At the time, we had a G.O. card that enabled us access to all Randforce Theatres in Brooklyn for 50 cents. The card had a list of all the theatres on it. That June of 1970, the double bill at the Walker was “Cactus Flower” and “The Ambushers” which I and a friend saw the day before the graduation excercises. It was a $1.00 house at the time. Fifty cents is what children and G.O. students paid. There was a poster for the reserved seat engagement of “Hello Dolly!” at the N.Y. Rivoli in the lobby. The United Artists takeover of all the Randforce Theatres occured some months later. I do not remember the stars in the ceiling, but it was a beautiful neighborhood theatre.

ERD
ERD on January 27, 2004 at 9:04 am

The Walker theater was opened in 1927 with movies & stage shows. Live shows were dropped when sound films shortly came in. It was
named for the then New York mayor, Jimmy Walker. The WALKER was a very beautiful “atmospheric” theatre. You felt you were in a garden of a chateau. There was a Wurlitzer organ which was restored by an organ society shortly before the theatre was divided into quads. (At first the auditorium and balcony was split into two theatres. Little damage was done to it at that time) United Artists owned the theatre for a while. The stage was occasionally used for shows until the late 1970’s. Shallow Junior High School used it for their graduations.

William
William on November 17, 2003 at 3:09 pm

The Walker Theatre is located at 6401 18th Ave., and it seated 2276 people.