Glenwood Theater

1475 Flatbush Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11210

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Glenwood Theater

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The Glenwood Theater opened in September of 1914 as the Antoinette Theater. The name was later changed to the Glenwood Theater. This theater closed around 1939.

Contributed by CJDV, Ken Roe, Lost Memory

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KenRoe on March 22, 2005 at 9:48 am

The Glenwood Theater is listed as having 565 seats in the Film Daily Yearbook, 1930. It has disappeared from listings in the 1950 edition of F.D.Y.

In a posting on the ‘other’ Glenwood Theatre, located on Myrtle Ave /theaters/4623/ Orlando says that ‘this’ Flatbush Ave, Glenwood Theater originally opened as the Antoinette Theatre.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 22, 2005 at 4:51 pm

Thanks for the info Ken. I guess that this theater was closed by 1950. If this theater was known as the Antoinette Theater, it had to be for a short period of time. With a 1922 build date, this theater probably opened around 1922-23. The 1925 theater listing that I have lists it as the Glenwood theater.

cjdv on March 22, 2005 at 6:16 pm

The Antoinette Theatre opened in Sept. 1914 at this address with a capacity listed at 565. Various sources state that the Glenwood, on Flatbush, closed in 1939. It is listed as such in the 1947 Film Daily Yearbook. Another Glenwood Theatre at 1520 Flatbush is listed in the American Motion Picture Directory 1914-15. As for the Glenwood on Myrtle, it opened September 23rd,1921.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 22, 2005 at 7:28 pm

Here we go again. This theater is starting to resemble the Gem theater on Fulton St. The Antoinette theater must have opened in another building at this address if the current building was built in 1922. Do you have any idea what year the name was changed to the Glenwood theater?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 23, 2005 at 12:14 am

I’m trying to sort this out. We have a Glenwood theater at 1520 Flatbush operating in 1914 and the Antoinette theater at this address operating in 1914. At some point the “other” Glenwood has to close so the Antoinette can become this Glenwood. These two Glenwoods were located about a block away from each other. I doubt that two Glenwood theaters would be open at the same time located that close together. We don’t know the year that the “other” Glenwood closed or when the Antoinette became this Glenwood.

Did the “other” Glenwood close and the Antoinette assumed its name? How about this, the Antoinette was replaced with a new building around 1922. Then the “other” Glenwood was closed down and the Antoinette became this Glenwood. The Antoinette may have burned down and was replaced with this current building or both buildings failed to meet the new fire and building codes that the city enacted. Without an opening date for this Glenwood, I can only speculate using the 1922 build date as a guide. Sooner or later we will solve this mystery.

BTW…The “other” Glenwood theater should be added here since it was a different theater than this one.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 21, 2005 at 3:11 pm

A January 1931 ad lists a double feature at this theater. The movies playing were “The Silver Horde” and “Beyond the Law”. The Glenwood is advertised as a Century Circuit Theater.

KenRoe on August 2, 2006 at 6:05 pm

A recent photograph I took of the Glenwood Theater in June 2006:

jflundy on August 2, 2006 at 7:40 pm

When the new Century College Theater opened in 1938, the Glenwood which was lovated only two short blocks away on Flatbush Avenue was closed. It was later a bowling alley and then a catering hall post WW2. It was only a couple blocks south of the Century Farragut Theater.

organnyc on August 28, 2006 at 7:07 am

A II/6 (two-manual, six-rank) “Style 160” Wurlitzer Organ, Op. 439 (1921) was shipped to the Glenwood Theatre on July 29, 1921.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on April 17, 2008 at 3:47 pm

This was still being advertised in the Brooklyn Eage as the Antoinette Theatre on May 9th, 1919.

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