Cinart Theatre

102 Court Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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Located in the Cobble Hill district. Originally opened as the Borough Hall Theatre on January 19, 1924. In late-1949 it went over to screening Latin American films and vaudeville and was renamed Teatro Amore. In the 1968 it played foreign and art films before slowly sliding into XXX and closing in 1989.

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boerumhill1849 on April 3, 2008 at 1:12 am

Photos of the Borough Hall Theatre in 1922 and 1931 can be seen here:

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Kaylie123 on April 29, 2008 at 8:25 pm

I am trying to date a foto of my father. He is standing near a poster for the Paras Court Theater. The date is blurred; however the poster does indicate two movies being shown: Secret Bride and I am a Thief. Based on where my father lived back then, I would venture to guess that the Paras Court Theatre was at Court and Union Streets. Since both of these movies were released in Nov/Dec, 1934, does anyone out there believe that they would still be shown in say early spring of 1935. Since my father is not wearing an overcoat (he is standing outside a store window) I believe that it was probably spring. Can anyone comment on my guesses?


washpub on April 28, 2009 at 9:24 am

does anyone have information on the Paras Court, and maybe an old image?

jflundy on June 22, 2009 at 4:58 pm

Here is a link to the Forgotten Street Scenes website. It is the Court Street page. Some current or former theater are shown.

About three quarters of the way down the page , a building is shown, obviously a theater at one time. It is located near Baltic on Court Street. The web master asks help in identifying this old theater’s name.
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The link comes from Warren G. Harris. He believes that this building may once have been the Cinart.

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mattyparas on December 27, 2009 at 11:22 pm

my great grandfather owned the Paras court. I may be able to find out some information from my grandmother

washpub on February 11, 2010 at 11:31 am

for mattyparas:
he was my grandfather,too, email me at: INFOatYESNCdotCOM
dr m

johndereszewski on February 13, 2010 at 8:07 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 4:19 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.

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on November 13, 2012 at 1:19 am

If anyone has any stories about going to/ working at this threatre in its adult days, I would love to hear them. I am chronicling the histories of adult theatres in the US. Please contact me at Thanks!

Willburg145 on July 22, 2014 at 2:00 pm

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

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