Loew's Pitkin Theatre

1501 Pitkin Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11212

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PKoch on June 12, 2007 at 12:58 pm

Bravo, Theaterat !

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on June 8, 2007 at 11:14 pm

Sheer genius, Theaterat. LOL!

Theaterat on June 8, 2007 at 12:22 pm

Prehaps the purple prose placed on the Prince of Pitkin placed positive projections ,providing that the principal posturing promoted pride, prejudice and passion concerning the princley palace the Pitkin was purported to be. “Euphonious” anyone?

PKoch on May 30, 2007 at 8:45 am

Yes, in it, you have a repetition of the “p” sound for emphasis (alliteration), and “Prince of Pitkin Avenue” was an idiom, long associated with that part of Brownsville.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on May 27, 2007 at 6:45 pm

Perhaps, Warren, but the “Prince of Pitkin Ave” is far more euphonious!

Theaterat on May 26, 2007 at 11:57 am

That is what my uncle told me! He STILL insists that this was the best theater in the neighborhood.

PKoch on May 25, 2007 at 8:53 am

So the Pitkin Theatre was once “the prince of Pitkin Avenue” ? Great !

Theaterat on May 24, 2007 at 7:27 pm

I was only at the Pitkin once. It was late in 68. I went to see "Rosemarys Baby" with my uncle Rocco and cousin Cosmo.The theater was absolutely beautiful- be it a “wonder theater” or nor. You could have spent days in there just exploring the statuary work and the details that were incorporated into it.Although the neighborhood was predominately Jewish{with a smattering of Italians}, it was sinking faster than the Titanic back then.From what I understand, there were many fine theaters in this nieghborhood, but the Pitkin WAS the prince! God only knows what the inside looks like now.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on May 23, 2007 at 7:54 pm

At the very least there must be large holes in the dome. But my gut says that it is probably worse than that. What is the name of the former cinema off to the right, across from the basketball court. I visited that one too. But the identity is escaping me right now. It looked like a church at the time. Seems like it is in good repair these days.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on May 23, 2007 at 1:24 pm

Yikes! Life, if you view this satellite image, the damage to the roof is even more evident!

Doesn’t look good.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on May 21, 2007 at 2:49 pm

I visited this place around 1989. It looked neglected then. I don’t think there is a lot of hope in this particular situation, at least as far as reusing the interior goes.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on May 21, 2007 at 2:44 pm

I don’t know how often Google updates their image library. But in this satellite photo the roof does not look good at all:

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djgyardley on May 21, 2007 at 1:48 pm

Warren, thanks for the advice. I’ll check in to The Brooklyn Eagle.

djgyardley on May 21, 2007 at 12:22 pm

I’m doing research for a project for my grandfather. He sang in a children’s talent show on Mother’s Day at the Loew’s Pitkin between 1930 and 1933. He won first prize, a snake plant for his mother. Does anyone have or know where I can find any newspaper ads or photos of the event. I’m also looking for a photograph of the organist at the time, Henrietta Cameron (or Kamaren, I’m not sure of the spelling).

Thank you for your help. Your postings on the theater have been incredibly helpful.

tntim on January 10, 2007 at 12:49 pm

Go to this link: http://local.live.com and type the address of the Pitkin which is: 1501 Pitkin Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
It will give a bird’s eye view of what the condition of the roof was at one time. I do not know when these pictures were taken, but I hope Warren is correct and these large holes have been repaired.

PKoch on January 10, 2007 at 10:37 am

Thanks for the details, Warren.

PKoch on January 10, 2007 at 10:13 am

Thanks Warren. All that elegance and baroque and / or rococo detail that is now gone …

JHB on December 5, 2006 at 7:55 am

Don’t you just hate people that have nothing better
to do then try to shame people for there incorrect

JHB on December 4, 2006 at 2:12 pm

I have a memory of the Pitkin. In the early 50s
Quo Vadis was comming to the pitkin. All over Pitkin
avenue on the sidewalk was Painted Quo Vadis is comming.
It always struc me as a weird form of advertising.


PKoch on December 1, 2006 at 7:12 am

Thanks for posting your memories of the Pitkin, DaveL. I hope to read more from you about your experiences of this remarkable theater.

DaveL on December 1, 2006 at 2:20 am

I lived in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn on Carroll Street near Utiva Avenue in the fifties and sixties and used to go to th Pitkin by bus along East New York Avenue. I remember a Ripleys mens clothing store near the theater and a men’s hat store across the street. Some of the movies I saw there were “Witness for the Prosecution,” “Don’t Give Up The Ship,” “The Last Hurrah.” and “The 7th Voyage of Sinbad.” My parents would take me and I recall getting a bag of plain popcorn for 10 cents, a box of popcorm for 15 cents, or buttered popcorn for 25 cents. The ceiling of stars was great. Atrip to the Pitkin was a treat. Usually my friends and I would go to the Carroll Theater (which interestingly was located on Crown Street not Carroll Street) every Saturday afternoon. If we caused a disturbance the matron, always an older woman in a white dress, would shine that flashlight in our eyes demanding silence. Those were fun times.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on November 4, 2006 at 9:15 pm

I wonder if those were four-walled engagements, Robert…

RobertR on November 3, 2006 at 7:43 pm

The Pitkin was still open in November of 1969 without the Loew’s name.
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BoxOfficeBill on May 22, 2006 at 1:45 pm

I’m intrigued by the starting times of the De-Luxe Wonder Stage Shows in the ad for “Applause” (evidently in January, 1930; the film opened a two-a-day run at the old Criterion on 7 Oct. ’29): 1:00, 3:45, 7:00, and 9:00 (with a referred-to morning film at an 11:00 am bargain price). That’s highly irregular scheduling which implies some complete shows ran for just two hours, while others promised three and a quarter hours of entertainment.
Might the real schedule have been normalized to 1:00, 4:00, 7:00 and 10:00 pm, with the advertisement doing its best to rope in afternoon ladies (for whom a 4:00 start would have suggested too late an exit to preside over family suppers) and evening couples (for whom a 10:00 start would have implied a post-midnight exit with a sleep-deprived next day)?
A three-hour complete show seems reasonable in any case for a 90-to-110-minute feature film, forty-minute five-act variety show, and a half-hour or so of newsreel, short subjects, coming attractions, and intermission. In contemporaneous newspaper ads for the Roxy, Paramount, Capitol, et al. I’ve seen similarly irregular timetables. The point is moot, since performances were continuous and audiences were socialized to drop in at any time and leave when the loop came ‘round again.
As Joan Crawford used to say, whom was kidding whom?