Loew's Pitkin Theatre

1501 Pitkin Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11212

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 20, 2006 at 11:21 am

Hey Guys, Interesting as this may be to to the two of you, but this has nothing to do with the Pitkin. My e-mail box is filling up fast here! Can you chat on another forum or swap e-mails please. Thanks

hdl37 on March 20, 2006 at 11:16 am

Monroe exit 8A NJTPK

hdl37 on March 20, 2006 at 11:13 am

small world. I live in NJ now

PKoch on March 20, 2006 at 11:09 am

My father went to ENY VOCATIONAL high, near the Atlantic Avenue station on the Canarsie and Fulton Street elevated lines. I was delivered by a Dr. Joseph Berman whose office was at, I think, 25 Logan St. near Jamaica Avenue.

hdl37 on March 20, 2006 at 11:05 am

I went to HS at ENY VOCATIONAL Logan and Wells 1 block from Liberty Ave

PKoch on March 20, 2006 at 11:03 am

I’m from Bushwick and Ridgewood myself. My father was from Bushwick but he knew Pitkin Avenue from about the Pitkin, past Rockway Avenue, to about Pennsylvania Avenue.

hdl37 on March 20, 2006 at 11:00 am

Sutter and Strauss 3 blocks from the Pitkin 1937 thru 1959

PKoch on March 20, 2006 at 10:59 am

Thanks, Herbie, what was your old neighborhood ?

hdl37 on March 20, 2006 at 10:57 am

since you are probably from my old neighborhood I forgive you.

PKoch on March 20, 2006 at 10:52 am

Yes, that was rather tasteless and cynical of me. I apologize.

hdl37 on March 20, 2006 at 9:47 am


Do you still have your arm bands?

PKoch on March 20, 2006 at 4:26 am

a.k.a., “Oy Gut Gevalt, There Goes The Neighborhood !”

Co-directed by David Susskind and Steven Spielberg.

“This week’s current social controversy is brought to you by …”

PKoch on March 20, 2006 at 4:23 am

Herbie, you’re not a Volkswagen, are you ?

Ah, Brownsville : militant and criminal blacks vs. corny old show business and Garment District Jews !

Tune in next week for yet another episode of that ever-popular Marxist game, “Class Struggle” !

Same Bat Time, same Bat Channel !

Directed by Spike Lee.

It’s better than Ghettopoly !

PKoch on March 20, 2006 at 4:17 am

Thanks, Herbie, laugh riots are better than race riots.

Nary a dry eye or seat in the house, eh ?

hdl37 on March 20, 2006 at 3:52 am

Hopkinson theatre was on Hopkinson between Sutter and Pitkin.
I lived on Sutter and Strauss. Used to go there for 5 hour laugh riots.


StatenIsland1 on February 6, 2006 at 12:15 pm

Who owns this theatre? I would love to see the inside and pictures on how it looks now. Maybe someone can do a documentary of closed theatres in new york and they can show us the insides.


PKoch on January 19, 2006 at 6:33 am

alkan, have you looked for “Brein’s Theater” on this site, or on Cinematour ?

morralkan on December 27, 2005 at 2:22 pm

I’m not sure it was a Yiddish theater, but, when I was riding my bike down Pitkin Avenue a few years ago, I noticed an old building perhaps 15 blocks east of the Loew’s Pitkin that had “Brein’s Theater” carved into the stonework over its front door. Has anyone heard of this place before? Its name certainly sounds like it could have been a Yiddish theater once upon a time. (As I remember, it is some sort of church now.

PKoch on December 27, 2005 at 9:25 am

Thank you, Sylvia. Please, where is the Manhattan JCC that the Folksbiene now does its productions at ?

I know there used to be a thriving Yiddish Theater scene around Second Avenue and East 7th St. in Manhattan (corrections welcome).

Was there ever a Yiddish Theater scene in Brooklyn, perhaps at Loew’s Pitkin ? Not off-topic at all.

creativa on December 27, 2005 at 8:03 am

Off-topic.Yiddish theater is still alive and well. New Yorkers can check out the Folksbiene, now in its 90th consecutive year, doing productions at the Manhattan JCC.

Sylvia Schildt

PKoch on December 27, 2005 at 6:30 am

Thanks, Robert R !

“Rosemary’s Baby” at the Pitkin ! Oy gevalt ! Meine Yiddische Mama, Ruth Gordon, mit der dybbuk ! Whatever happened to the Yiddish Theater ?

29 screens among the plexes in Brooklyn any more ? Someone more ambitious than me, can count them !

RobertR on December 26, 2005 at 8:32 am

Check out this ad for “Rosemary’s Baby”, it shows the Pitkin was open as late as 1968. Can you believe it’s playing in 29 theatres just in Brooklyn? Are there even 29 screens among the plexes in Brooklyn anymore?
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PKoch on December 23, 2005 at 5:14 am

Thanks for your answer, Sylvia, and thank you, alkan, for YOUR post.

The closest thing Ridgewood had to the Kishke King was the hot dog and knish stand at the “depot” : Myrtle Wyckoff and Palmetto, intersection of M and L subways, and start of the B26, B38, B52, B54, Q55, and Q58 bus lines. A bit fancier was Gottlieb’s Jewish Deli Restaurant on the north side of Myrtle, just to the east of the depot, between Palmetto and Woodbine. I grew up in Ridgewood on Jewish deli food, among other kinds of food.

Did you ever go to Knish Nosh on Queens Blvd. in Forest Hills, near the 67th Avenue subway station ?

Spring and summer 1968 my mother went to a doctor on East 98th St. near the Rutland Road IRT el station, between, I believe, Clarkson and Winthrop, so I got to know that area, on the cusp between Brownsville and East Flatbush, a bit. I think there was a small Jewish deli restaurant there that had all kinds of knishes, kasha and groats and maybe spinach, as well as potato, the round kind with a burned-looking crust, like the ones at Canarsie Pier, as opposed to Gabila’s knishes, “King Of Potato Pies”, which were more common, and looked like golden-brown square pillows with sharp corners.