Cinart Theatre

102 Court Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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Cinart Theatre

Located in the Cobble Hill section of downtown Brooklyn. Originally opened as the Borough Hall Theatre on January 19, 1924 it was operated by the Small-Strausberg Circuit. By 1941 the Boro Hall Theatre was operated by Rosenblatt-Welt Theaters. In late-1949 it went over to screening Latin American films and vaudeville and was renamed Teatro Amore by Harris Theatrical Enterprises. In 1968 it played foreign and art films before slowly sliding into XXX and closing in 1989.

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washpub on February 11, 2010 at 8:31 am

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johndereszewski on February 13, 2010 at 5:07 am

I remember this theater from the 1970’s, when it was very much in its XXX mode. At that time, Queen Restaurant, which has since relocated one block north, was situated just to the theater’s right and also maintained a pizza place just to its left. On one occasion, the Cinart provided dubious additional advertising or the Queen when it played the classic flick “Pizza Girls”!

barryhoff on August 24, 2010 at 1:19 pm

Hello newbies…..the Paras Cort also pronounce as Paris Cort by locals was located on the west side of Court St neard Degraw St next to Court St Pastry, you can still see the facade has the happy and sad face figures on it. as a kid in the 50s I would go there to watch movies and also at the Lido, dont any of ya know this? I can tell you all are not native Brooklynites.

Willburg145 on July 22, 2014 at 11:00 am

What did the interior of the Cinart look like? It’s too bad there aren’t more interior shots of these theaters.

robboehm on May 18, 2015 at 7:01 pm

Photo from Brooklyn Pics uploaded.

johndereszewski on May 19, 2015 at 4:48 am

Thanks for providing not only a glimpse of the old theater but also of the long gone blockfront. Everything has changed, Queens Restaurant moved up the block and a Barnes and Noble book store now occupies the first two floors of the large building that runs through the entire block.

jsbreezy on November 6, 2016 at 6:01 am

I worked at the Cineart as a projectionist from December of 1975 to roughly the summer of 1985. Its address was 102 Court Street and it was running 16mm until around 1977 when it went to 35mm to try to compete wit the Manhattan porn theatres. It was kept clean and was relatively trouble free. Nice people to work for. I had a blast there.

markp on November 6, 2016 at 10:16 am

jsbreezy, I think the people that owned this theatre owned a whole bunch of them, including the Globe in the Bronx, the Deluxe in Brooklyn, the Polk in Queens and the 2 I worked at as a projectionist here in New Jersey, the Sayrewoods Theatre and the Cinema 9. Really Nice people as you said. All they wanted was keep the picture on the screen. I worked there from 1978 till 1990.

jsbreezy on November 20, 2016 at 7:05 am

Mark, the people that owned the Cineart owned the Harem on 42nd St in Manhattan, they also owned the Wagner on Wycoff Ave in Brooklyn. They also owned 1 location the Combat Zone in Boston but I don’t remember the name of it. As far as the Polk in Queens goes, I worked there on a few occasions when they needed a fill in for someone that was on vacation and the owner handed you carbons in the morning in your hand. When I asked he said that is your carbon allotment for the day. I then said I guess we’re going home early today and headed up to the booth. Sometime later he came up with more.

markp on November 21, 2016 at 4:21 am

Gee how familiar that sounds. Yup must be the same owners or relatives of. I remember sometimes having to put in stubs at the end of the night halfway thru the last reel. I was so happy when they converted to xenon in 85, but then we never ever saw a new bulb again. We always got used ones from the projectionists in our local who worked the large chain theatres like GCC or UA.

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