Tiffany Theatre

357 Chester Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11212

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Small size local movie house located on corner of Chester Street and Livonia Avenue in Brownsville section of Brooklyn. It opened as a silent movie house known as the Chester Theatre in 1923. From 1929, until its closing in 1956, it was the Tiffany Theatre

I seem to recollect someone describing this place as having no seats and you had to bring your own box to sit on or stood to watch the shows at a very reduced admission.

Contributed by Murray Rosen

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on June 1, 2005 at 4:58 am

The 1930 edition of Film Daily Yearbook gives a Tiffany Theatre located at 357 Chester Street, Brooklyn, which maps out not too far from Livonia Avenue. It is listed as having a seating capacity of 680

However>>>
A theatre that maps closer to Livonia Avenue and Christopher Avenue is the Livonia Theatre, 382 Livonia Avenue, Brooklyn, already listed on Cinema Treasures /theaters/11180/

muray
muray on June 1, 2005 at 9:46 am

The Tiffany Theater was indeed located at the corner of Chester Street and Livonia Ave. Other theaters located under this el were: The Sutter, Livonia, Ambassador, Peoples Cinema and Supreme.

muray
muray on June 1, 2005 at 9:48 am

I am referring to the IRT subway el.

Izzy
Izzy on March 5, 2008 at 10:52 am

There is a great picture of the Tiffany Theatre on Brooklynpix.com. Go to the Brownsville links on their web-page.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on March 5, 2008 at 12:29 pm

What is the evidence to support the “e” before “r” spelling of “theater” in the name “Tiffany Theater?” Couldn’t such arguments be avoided by listing theatres just by their names— in this case, just Tiffany? I’m presently looking at a page of ads in the Brooklyn Eagle of 4/3/1927 for cinemas and playhouses, and I can find only two theatres, the Fulton and Tilyou, using the “T” word after the name. All the others say just Loew’s Metropolitan, Majestic, Flatbush, E.F. Albee, Werba’s Brooklyn, Mark Strand, Teller’s Shubert, William Fox Savoy, or whatever, followed usually by a location. Everybody knew that these were theatres. The addition of the word wasn’t necessary.

Izzy
Izzy on March 5, 2008 at 12:33 pm

You make a good point, but when seacrhing online you need to distinguish your search from other businesses bearing the same name.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on March 9, 2009 at 12:21 pm

Here is another view of the Tiffany Theatre that “Izzy” seems to have missed: View link 58

shi725
shi725 on January 7, 2011 at 2:28 am

Nice picture of the tiffany, bring back great memories. Lived in brownsville 1946-1991 in brownsville houses. I rememeber going there one time to see burt lancaster in the Crimson Pirates, there was seats maybe the boxes came in later years. I know when it closed it became a church, which it still is.

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