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The Boro Park’s box seats, a few feet above orchestra level,(front decorated with marble)were on each side of the proscenium. The design was neo classic. (Ex. the decorative colums, the dome, etc.)
Starting in the late 1940’s the Boro Park began showing first run films. This is a quote from Warren’s informative April 30th 2004 post:“ The RKO "arrangement” came circa 1949-50, when clearances changed as a result of the Federal anti-trust action against the major companies that owned both studios and theatres. Prior to that, Loew’s Boro Park played split weeks of double features that had already played at Loew’s 46th Street and the nearest RKO that was first-run for that area.“ I personally remember most of my friends and I who lived in Boro Park went equally to the 46th Street and Boro Park. Both theatres had live presentations at times. Both theatres, different in styles, were beautiful and unique.
Ed, the pictures you took of the Hellinger are excellent. Thanks for letting us see them.
Looks like a cozy little theatre. I am glad it has survived all these years.
Bkj, when my Aunt closed her studio all of her photographic equipment, negatives and copies were stored in the celler of that building since she lived on the second floor. Shortly afterwards, the basement flooded and everything left down there was destroyed.
Irwin Corey lived in the apartment building on 12th Avenue. There was a drugstore on the mainfloor called Rooservelt’s Pharmacy over 55 years ago. My aunt, who had a photography studio in the area, took many pictures for the vaudeville stars when they appeared at the Boro Park and 46th Street theatre.
The life of S.L.Rothafel would make a great movie if done creatively.
R.C.M.H. was first called International Music Hall when it opened on December 27, 1932. With the failure of the over-long priemiere variety show, S.L.Rothafel became ill, and was ousted as head supervisor of the theatre. Before his death in the mid 1930’s, he was asked to return to run the Roxy on 7th Avenue.
See Garden theatre(Brooklyn) in Cinema Treasures for the outdoor theatre on New Utrecht avenue.(Roof opened). It was next to Loew’s 46th Street. Loew’s 46th Street building is now a furniture store, I think the Mosque you are referring to is in( or was in) a connecting building next to it. (Check it out in Cinema Treasures)
As one of my favorite theatres in the past, it is wonderful to hear that the theatre may be restored! Hoping L.I.U. will follow through.
I am sure a student center could be incorporated into the design.
Under the balcony were ornate glass pannels with blue lights hidden in them- I guess to represent the sky. The theatre was elegant, but unfortuantely not that well maintained by Loew’s throughout the years.
The only picture (exterior front view) I ever saw of the Boro Park theatre was in the book “When Brooklyn Was The World” by Elliot Willensky. Unfortuantely, I do not know of any link that shows the
handsome interior. Perhaps C.T. member Warren knows of one.
I think most likely it was scaled down. Thanks for the information, Warren.
The theatre had 725 seats less than the article mentions-according to
Cinema Treasure’s facts.
I was greatly affected to read of Jim Rankin’s passing. He was a true gentleman and scholar. Like many other members, I shall miss his wonderful comments on Cinema Treasures.
Absolutely a stunning and unique looking theatre. A reminder of an era of great showmanship.
Thanks, Warren for your information.
I was told the Walker opened in 1927 by a person who worked there many years ago-not 1929. Perhaps some member knows for sure.
It would be worth a look if you didn’t have to pay.
E Walk certainly doesn’t sound like a CINEMA TREASURE. I wouldn’t want to see a movie in such a place.
We have gained much in this century, yet have also lost many former attributes-as this site attests to.
A brick facade, I don’t personally feel it resembled the RKO Bushwick.
Excellent pictures of the auditorium, Ed. Thanks for sharing them with us.
The photo from the Brooklyn Library was taken in 1918 after the “El"
was built on New Utrecht Avenue. The silent picture featured was Paramount’s "My Cousin”, a comedy starring Enrico Caruso.(Adolph Zukor had signed the famous operatic tenor to make three silent movies for his studio. Although Caruso couldn’t be heard, his movie debut was a success)
I wonder if there are any pictures of the interior of the Boro Park theatre.