Walker Theater

6401 18th Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11204

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Orlando on January 27, 2004 at 5:27 pm

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 on January 27, 2004 at 5:04 pm

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 on November 17, 2003 at 11:09 pm

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