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Another great photo. I wonder if it still looked like this in the 1970’s right before it was made a triplex
Wow. I worked in The Fortway for a few years. It had five screens by the time I worked there. I’ve always wanted to see a picture like this! Where did you find this picture? If I’m correct the center seats would become theatre#1 with the seats to left and the right becoming Theatre#4 & #5. However it first went to 3 screens before 5
This site never disappoints me. I’ve passed this building a few times and each time I’ve thought this looks like it was a Theatre. Sure enough I check this site and there it is.
The Kings is about a 7 block walk from the Beverly Road Q train station. Give or take a block. I also believe that the B41 Bus will get you there. There are Mass Transit options.
GoBoy, Movieplace-Thanks for the info on the separate entrance. It’s a shame that almost all of these classic theaters are gone from Bklyn.
WOW. Unbelievable photo!!
Nice photo!! Do you have any more classic shots of Bay Ridge/Dyker Heights theaters?
Great photo. I love how the Municipal Archives have it mislabeled as Fort Hamilton Avenue. The building is on Ft. Hamilton Pkwy.
As of January 2012 the exterior of the building looks much different than the photo at the top of this page. The Key Food pictured above has had a complete exterior renovation.I’m pretty sure the inside has been renovated as well.
I’ve taken a second look at the photo at the top of this page. That’s a real deal cobblestone street. I like the photo that much more now. You can still find some of that classic cobblestone on First Avenue and a few other streets in Sunset Park.
The Fourth Avenue Police Station was located on the southwest corner of 4th Av and 43rd St. Unlike many classic Bklyn theaters the old precinct still stands today complete with horse stable. Although the building has remained vacant and crumbling for many years.
I can remember passing the closed Oriental on the way to class. It was about this time that I realized that nothing last forever.
Great photo of this theater. A block away and across the street was Lento’s. Taking in a show at the Bay Ridge theater then getting a pizza at Lento’s must have been a good night.
The old building looked tiny. The theater couldn’t have seated very many people. From the history given up top it doesn’t seem that this place had much of a run.
I can’t believe there were rock concerts in this place.
Anyone out there have a vintage photo of this theater?
Without question 3rd avenue being torn apart couldn’t have been good for business. From what I’m told and what I’ve read Robert Moses was very good at ripping a neighborhood in half.
I spoke to “The Sheriff of Windsor Terrace” recently and asked him about this theater. He told me that the older residents of the neighborhood remember it well. They told him it was nicknamed the “The Bed Bug” and/or “The Itch”.
AWESOME PHOTO. I wonder what the seating capacity was? The place looks tiny. I’ve actually been inside the building. They sell candy and other products wholesale there. I can’t recall have far back the building runs from 3rd Ave.
I pass this place all the time. It was a movie theater? Until 1964? As for the El track post, I believe the Gowanus Expwy was built atop the BMT third avenue line.
Life’s Too Short-RobMinichino, Thanks for the info.
I was right outside of this building a few times. Never had a clue that it was a movie theater. Anyone out there have a photo of this theater?
mp775-Great link! My first time ever seeing a photo of the RKO Shore Road. I have to be honest. When I did the scroll through the 1980’s shot blew me away too. I almost forgot about the “Martin Paint” and “fayva” shoe store. When I was a young kid durning the 80’s I never realized that building was once a movie theater. I could always tell by looking at the building up the block (The RKO Dyker) that it once was a movie theater.
The links on this page show some great vintage photos of the Carlton. It seems Brooklyn had so many classic movie theaters that are now gone.