Meserole Theatre

723 Manhattan Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11222

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rdittus on February 16, 2007 at 4:56 pm

Great picture even if it is Van Wyck and not Woodhaven. I may need to spend some time at that site too.

michelemarie on February 16, 2007 at 4:48 pm

Bway,See Bob D’s answer. He is correct.Anniegirl

KarenNieves on February 16, 2007 at 4:18 pm

Woodhaven Lanes is considered located in Glendale Queens. You can take the E train to 71st & Continental -Forest Hills or take the M train to Metropolitan Avenue-Middle Village and take the Q54 Bus to Metropolitan Ave. and Woodhaven Blvd or drive. A couple years back there was talk that they were closing down but it never happened. They are always packed so I know they won’t be closing anytime soon.

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PKoch, microwave popcorn and movies on demand seems more and more appealing. By the way I am planning on going to the movies next week any good movies you guys could recommend..

rdittus on February 16, 2007 at 1:48 pm

The train that you show is the “J” train at the station on Metropolitan and Jamaica Avenues. That would be in front of the Van Wyck Bowling alley, where I bowled in a league while I was in high school. They finally built the Archer Avenue extension, and I think they finally tore that part of the line down and put a stop underground. By Woodhaven Lanes, there is some unused LIRR tracks that are heavilly overgrown but not torn down. There is now a Sports Authority and Home Depot right next to it, maybe where that multiplex was going to go, although there is still an abandoned factory there that looks like a candidate for bulldozing.

Bway on February 16, 2007 at 12:02 pm

Woodhaven Lanes…..
Well, those old trainwrecks are gone…the station is gone…and the el is gone, but the Bowl still remains…

PKoch on February 16, 2007 at 4:26 am

Thanks, Lost Memory, I think I remember now. It’s near the southeast corner of Woodhaven Blvd, and Metropolitan Ave. between Metropolitan and the LIRR tracks, isn’t it, near where there was talk of building a multiplex cinema for awhile ?

PKoch on February 16, 2007 at 4:04 am

You’re most welcome, KarenN, to my reply. My pleasure.

Is anything cheap to do anymore ? Perhaps watch dvd’s at home while eating popcorn popped in one’s microwave.

Where exactly is Woodhaven Lanes ?

KarenNieves on February 15, 2007 at 4:23 pm

Anniegirl, that is something, it is a small world. We normally go to the matinee in Sunnyside and it is still $8.00 a ticket. I wouldn’t mind every now and then paying an extra $4.00 for them to bring the food to us. Do you know how many times I almost dropped the popcorn… Thanks

michelemarie on February 15, 2007 at 3:24 pm

Dear Karen, My husband used to bowl on a league at Woodhaven Lanes. We now live in Long Island and we took our kids bowling one night and it cost us a small fortune. Nothing is cheap anymore, not even going to the movie with the kids. We usually go with our daughters one is 28 and the other is 17 and it cost’s almost $40.00 not including treats. We go to a moviehouse called Island 16, they have concession stands that if you buy a ticket for the directors studio for $12.00, They take your food order and deliver it to your seat. Can you imagine that. What is next, tables and charis in the moviehouse???????? Anniegirl

KarenNieves on February 15, 2007 at 3:01 pm

Thank you PKoch for your warm reply. micheleandanniegirl, I remember the Chinese restaurant, I had my confirmation party there when I was younger. After it closed down they made it into a karate place and it burnt down, now it is a Polish nightclub called the Europa. Bob D. I used to live two blocks from the bowling ally, my sister and I went there, she was on a league and it closed down just before I was old enough to get on. Bway I know what you mean, I take the kids to Woodhaven Lanes from time to time and it costs a small fortune…. Is anything cheap to do anymore?

Bway on February 13, 2007 at 2:03 pm

Speaking of bowling, and to stay on topic….my first bowling experience was at the converted Glenwood Theater in Ridgewood. The converted the Glenwood Theater to a bowling alley, I guess in the 60’s. It was torn down around 1980 to build the Ridgewood post office.
Yeah, today bowling is an expensive proposition. I went with a couple friends a few months ago…. A few games later, and a couple pitchers of beer, and our bill was well over $100. Bowling is certainly not the “poor” man’s sport anymore….

rdittus on February 13, 2007 at 1:23 pm

I remember the Greenpoint Bowl only too well. My brother and I used to go there almost every Saturday back when bowling was an affordable fun thing to do.

michelemarie on February 13, 2007 at 8:21 am

KarenN. go on and punch in Greenpoint or go on and get birds eye views of Greenpoint. I used to go to all of the places on Manhattan Ave in Greenpoint in the 1960’s I hung out in McCarran Park when I was 15 years old and the Triangle Park on Bedford and Loimer Street with my friends as a kid. Lot’s of fun there. I remember going to the Library on Norman Ave. I grew up in Williamsburgh but always went to Greenpoint to shop. Also went to the Meserole Theater to see First Rate Movies. Also the RKO was still open for a short time when I was a kid. I now the Pizza Prince is still there but they expanded. I used to go there wnen it was a small store back in 1963 and 1964 with my boyfriend Joe at the time. We used to chow down a whole pizza between us. We were skinny kids then. Ask you parents about the Chinese Resturant Upstairs on Manhattan Ave. I got married and had my reception at the Polaniase Terrace. Lots of Memories. Enjoy the websites. Anniegirl

PKoch on February 13, 2007 at 6:02 am

You are most welcome, KarenN., to my comments, and thank you for yours. Yes, Greenpoint could use some movie theaters. Sorry, I do not remember the bowling alley on Meserole Avenue.

KarenNieves on February 12, 2007 at 6:05 pm

I want to thank everyone for their comments. It is nice to see people talk about the history of Greenpoint. Unfortunately, I was unable to see the Meserole as a movie theater but I had so much fun when it was a rolling rink. I used to go to the Chopin until it went down hill. My mom and dad said that the Meserole was the greatest theater. At least I still get to see the disco ball. I really wish a movie theater would open up around here; I have to take my kids to Sunnyside. Does anyone remember the bowling ally on Meserole Avenue? It used to be a factory then a bowling ally now I think GMDC owns it. Thanks again for the comments and the pics, with all the changes going on it made me feel better to see and listen to some of the past.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on July 10, 2006 at 2:03 pm

A fascinating history including fascinating conversions.

It all appears to still be there.

PKoch on July 10, 2006 at 11:50 am

Thanks, KenRoe, for another fine photography job !

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 10, 2006 at 11:45 am

A few photographs I took of the Meserole Theatre in June 2006, some auditorium shots included:

See Warren’s posting dated July 13 2005 for original 1927 images of the auditorium.

PKoch on June 6, 2006 at 9:07 am

Greenpoint was a post-high school hangout of mine, 1973 to 1976.

noelea on June 6, 2006 at 8:48 am

Warren I used to hang out on the stoop next door of the Meserole on Loimer with my friends Paulette, Eddie, Zowie and others. We had so much fun in those day’s in the 60’s. I was in High School then. Loved hanging out in Greenpoint.

Bway on June 5, 2006 at 4:42 pm

An update on the Chopin photo I posted above, apparently, the Burger King has moved out of the lobby area (see Chopin section).

rdittus on May 17, 2006 at 1:53 pm

Yes it is fun to find people who enjoy sharing these memories. I also enjoy seeing the old photos.

PKoch on May 17, 2006 at 4:37 am

You’re welcome, Anniegirl. It’s easy and fun to write such pleasant memories.

noelea on May 17, 2006 at 2:54 am

Thanks to all for the info on the Chopin. Gee you guy’s are so informed on things. It’s great corresponding with you all. Anniegirl