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The Lakeland got its name from Lakeland Place, which was the original name of Brighton 2nd Street.
Anyone who lives in the Ridgewood area should find out what the local civic associations are doing to help, and perhaps give them a nudge if they need it. Maybe contacting people like Christina Wilkerson and Tony Avella might be a good idea. I noticed that both have signed the petition.
The number of people signing the petition is still less than 100.
I just signed the petition, and am horrified to see that there were only 56 other signatories. Please, members of this site are probably the most likely to sign such a document. Especially so those of you who are particularly interested in the past of this theater. Let’s do what we can to give this theater a future as well.
My guess is that it opened sometime in late 1930. In April of ‘31 the theater would still be considered new, but would have been around long enough so that a claim could be made about it’s positive effect on neighboring businesses. Also, consider that this is real estate news. The surge in population in Sheepshead Bay started in 22’ and probably peaked by 26'. Much of the building after that date was commercial. Streets filled with homes built in the 1890s became shopping avenues.
Yep, that’s what it looked like even in the sixties.
According to Brian Merlis, et al, in “Brooklyn’s Gold Coast: the Sheepshead Bay Communities” the theater was known as the Shelton, was built in 1920, and possibly known at some period during the 20s as the Sommer.
The Sommer Theater sounds very familiar, but I am unable to find any information on it. I shall check my local history resources to see if anything shows up.
This is what replaced the building that housed the Claridge
I took two photos of the Elm last May.
The Lobby entrance, which doesn’t look all that different than it did when last used as a theater.
And the marque
A recent (July 2007) picture of the Shore.
The building as it looks today.
Thank you, Lost Memory. I should have posted the link myself. I’m so disorganized.