Kenmore Theatre

2101 Church Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11226

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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on April 27, 2004 at 10:09 am

The theatre first opened in 1928 as B.F. Keith’s Kenmore, and had Eugene DeRosa as architect. The name came from its location opposite Kenmore Terrace. Vaudeville shared the programs with movies until 1932, by which time the theatre had become known as RKO Keith’s Kenmore. The theatre’s cavernous balcony was famous for side wall murals painted by Willy Pogany, which were similar to the ones done by the artist for the Beacon Theatre in Manhattan…In “the old days,” the Kenmore and Loew’s Kings were the two leaders of Flatbush, playing their programs ahead of all the other theatres in the area.

jays on April 11, 2004 at 4:38 pm

This theatre opened if i’m not mistaken from information i’ve recently found opened in the late 1920’s it was a single screen until the mid to late 70’s when it whent straight to a four screen cinema it had decent sound for a single screen to quad conversion but some times in the downstairs cinemas the sound leaked but aside from that had some nice elements to especially when it first reopened as a quad. It declined over the years. it’s now opened as a Moddell sporting good store with no sign of this once magnificent moviehouse but the stripped marquee reading Modell’s. and more retail space is being made in the areas which housed the screens and front auditorium areas of cinemas 1 and 2 down front.

Mike326 on January 13, 2004 at 9:49 pm

The RKO Kenmore, became a quad as early as 1978. One of the last movies to play there when it was one screen, was “Close Encounters”.
I remember seeing “Foul PLay” there in the fall of 78, and hearing the music from “Grease” pounding through the wall.
Regardless, it’s sad to see it closed, because it was the last surviving movie house in Flatbush, and it was a beauty.

Theatrefan on November 26, 2003 at 6:34 am

The former Cineplex Odeon Kemore Quad is in the process of being turned into a Modell’s Sporting Goods Store, the inside has totally been gutted of any theatre related items. The marquee of this former movie palace has been stripped of it’s neon Kemore lettering, it’s been covered up and Modell’s signs are now on all three sides. A trully sad sight indeed for this former vaudeville theatre in Flatbush Brooklyn.

William on November 15, 2003 at 9:56 am

The RKO Kenmore Theatre is located at 2101 Church Ave..

unknown on October 8, 2003 at 10:43 am

I can tell you that the Kenmore began as a single screen house, and had been converted to a four screen multiplex by the time of its closing in 1999.