Bell Cinema

801 Washington Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11238

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Bell Theatre

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A small theater on Washington Avenue at Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn. The Strand Theatre was opened in 1914. In 1936, it was renamed Bell Cinema, and closed in 1953.

Contributed by John Beatty

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ataplow on August 5, 2006 at 2:10 pm

Actually it was known as the Bell Cinema. It had a very ‘art deco’ marquee – very modern back then. I lived around the corner on Eastern Parkway when they opened it – 1936 or thereabouts sounds about right. Didn’t go too often as a kid unless I was with my parents seeing something they wanted to see. My only vivid memory is seeing Kind Hearts & Coronets while sitting in the balcony – I guess around 1949 or thereabouts.

Alan Taplow

jflundy on April 5, 2007 at 8:49 am

In 1937 there was a Crystal Theater listed in the Brooklyn telephone directory located at 327 Washington Avenue in Brooklyn. Does anyone know anything about it being listed under another name in a different time period ?

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on November 10, 2008 at 11:46 am

Here’s an ultra-rare ad for the Bell Cinema, which shared this April, 1952 Brooklyn “exclusive” with the Jewel Theatre (listed at CT as Cinema Kings Highway but closed to postings): View link

Astyanax on November 26, 2008 at 5:26 pm

Fascinating that specialty films ran in several Brooklyn neighborhoods in theaters like the Bell, the Astor, the St. George.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on November 27, 2008 at 6:18 am

Those small, independent cinemas really had no choice but to book British or other “foreign” films that had slight or no previous exposure in Brooklyn. The alternative was to show the usual Hollywood mainstream releases at the very end of their runs, when there was virtually no audience left.

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