Marboro Theatre

6817 Bay Parkway,
Brooklyn, NY 11204

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YMike on August 3, 2004 at 10:57 am

2 years is a long time. I will believe it when I see it. One problem with that location is there is no place to put a parking lot or garage. I know the subway is 2 blocks away and a major bus route (B6) stops there but most people like to go by car. I do hope they build it.

theatrefan on August 2, 2004 at 1:59 pm

We spoke with the Regal Entertainment Group constrution Department, they are going to redevelop this property into a modern day multiplex. It is on the list of upcoming construction projects. This will most likely be completed in 2006. This Bensonhurst theatre will be back!!!!

mp775 on July 1, 2004 at 7:21 pm

The kittens are safe :)

MarkW on June 30, 2004 at 5:55 pm

I believe the architect was Charles W. Sandblom. Can anybody confirm this?

theatrefan on June 30, 2004 at 6:12 am

Does anyone out there know who the original architect of the Marboro was?

YMike on June 30, 2004 at 5:24 am

I never really like this theatre (The Oriental was much better) and once it was split up it was not a great place to see a movie. Did not like the sound in the upstairs theatres. By the way, I hope the cats ended up with someone.

theatrefan on June 25, 2004 at 5:57 am

Here is some information on the seating capacity for each of the Marboro’s auditoriums. Theatre 1: 489 seats, Theatre 2: 433 seats, Theatre 3: 214 seats, Theatre 4: 289 seats.

theatrefan on June 24, 2004 at 7:25 pm

Like so many other theatres, United Artists spent absolutely no time and effort on the upkeep of the Marboro. I remember the last time I was here when this theatre was still open for business, it was falling apart at the seams. the plaster was crumbling, the carpets were torn, the roof leaky and the seats all broken. I honestly can say I don’t blame people who wanted to go to the UA Sheepshead Bay. If and when this renovation project ever happens they will have to gut the place, very little inside is salvagable.

Bway on June 24, 2004 at 6:16 pm

Thanks so much Mark. It is such a treat to get some interior photos, They are so hard to find of so many of the theaters (either current or past).
Those pictures are almost a year old now, I assume it must have gotten so much worse of the last year. Who knows how bad it is now!

MarkW on June 24, 2004 at 4:04 pm

One more thing. The pics were taken in Sept-Oct 2003.

MarkW on June 24, 2004 at 4:03 pm

I am the MW who took some of those pics. I have many more and will have them up on that page soon.

Bway on June 24, 2004 at 2:29 pm

What I find amazing is that the theater deteriorated so quickly! Obviously, it was falling apart before they closd it already, as some of the deterioration couldn’t have happened overnight. But so quickly it looks like a cave!

The photos apparently were taken in the fall of 2003, so all the deterioration you see happened in just a little over a year, seeing that the Marboro closed in July 2002!

theatrefan on June 24, 2004 at 1:41 pm


Those photos are sad. To see such a once great theatre in such awful shape is depressing. Regal just walked away and threw the keys away, letting the vandals destroy the place. But they can never destroy our memories!!!

Bway on June 24, 2004 at 12:39 pm

Here’s some photos I found on the web of the Marlboro’s interior in it’s current state of disrepair:

theatrefan on June 24, 2004 at 11:04 am

An upcale cinema in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn? Where would the customers come from? Regal operates an indie/foreign division called Regal Cinema Art, maybe they will be in charge if the project goes thru.

Lawrence on June 22, 2004 at 10:51 am

I have heard the plans are to tear down the building and put in
a retail / cinema complex catering to the upscale clientele.
This may happen as soon as April 2005. Regal will not be the
operator of this cinema.

HomegaMan on June 22, 2004 at 9:43 am

This is the other theater I went to when I lived on West 13th. I have seen many a film here including “White Nights” in 1985 and the last film I saw there was “L.A. Confidential” in 1997. My wife hated the theater because when they seperated the floors they kept the same screen. It was horrible.
Now continue talking about the plans for Regal cinema to re-open.

MarkW on May 31, 2004 at 8:48 pm

The Marboro has recently been sealed by the FDNY. Regal has made NO ATTEMPTS to seal this theater. The interior has been vandalized heavily. The lack of heat has caused the plaster ceiling in the balcony to collapse in many places. Whatever they plan to do, DO IT SOON!

theatrefan on May 29, 2004 at 4:45 pm

The Marboro theatre will reopen in 2006 with stadium seating, Dolby Digital and DTS surround sound and a brand new interior, this has been confirmed by the Regal Entertainment Group Construction Department. A much needed and missed theatre will be coming back to serve the residents of Bensonhurst Brooklyn!

YMike on May 18, 2004 at 5:20 am

It is going to be a Kohls. The signs are already there.

RobertR on May 17, 2004 at 10:43 am

The building behind Best Way was looked at by a few chains for a theatre but the rent and lease situation was more then a theatre could justify.

fred1 on May 17, 2004 at 9:02 am

i think its going to be a kohls dept store but i love the idea of a theatre

MikeRadio on May 17, 2004 at 8:38 am

Any new news on this theatre?

I really do not think Regal will re-open it.. in their eyes, people can go to the Sheepshead.

Also, there is no parking here… What are they going to do anout that?

Has anyone heard rumblings from years ago about a new theatre going next to the Belt Parkway behind Best Buy, before you get to Nelly Bly on the service road?

theatrefan on March 10, 2004 at 2:20 pm

If you go to the NYC Dept of Buildings Website, you will see that permits have been issued for this theatres address. The building is still owned by Regal as well.

Orlando on March 9, 2004 at 7:04 pm

When JAWS opened here in its' initial release, this was still a single screen. Living in Flatbush JAWS, was playing a lot closer at Century’s Rialto but they were sold out virtually the first four weeks straight, I traveled to my old Junior High School neighborhood to see Jaws at the Marboro by bus and train.