Bay Ridge Theatre

7120 Third Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11209

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Loew's Bay Ridge Theatre exterior

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The Bay Ridge Theatre was opened on December 27, 1915 with 1,919 seats. It was closed in around 1963 and became a bingo club for many years. In a later conversion, the Bay Ridge Theatre’s 1,796-seat auditorium was gutted to make way for retail space.

Today, candy is still sold at the theater’s location, but only at the drug store which now occupies the former theater’s lobby. There is also a Macdonald’s restaurant, and a gymnasium on the upper levels.

Contributed by John Chappell

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martinreck
martinreck on September 5, 2008 at 3:06 pm

I, too, attended P.S. 102 down the street, but I lived about half a mile away. The Bay Ridge is fondly remembered as the closest theater to my home. It was great having it show RKO chain films, although a week later, since the RKO Dyker was quite a hike. These usually played Tuesday-Thursday, with the Loew’s films on the weekends, a week later than at the Alpine a few blocks away. I believe the last film shown as a Loew’s theater was “Baby Doll”, so it was 1956. I vaguely remember the opera company, but had left town by the time of the wrestling matches. There had also been attempts at community theater and older films – both generated little interest.

frankie
frankie on September 15, 2008 at 1:26 pm

Attention ! The name is not simply: Warren G. Harris, but THE Warren G. Harris. You know how he is about leaving out (or adding) THEs !!!

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 26, 2008 at 6:18 pm

I’m looking for information on the Trans Art Theater at 4805 3rd Avenue in Brooklyn. It was around in 1940. Perhaps here under another name, or a live theater? Thanks.

jflundy
jflundy on November 27, 2008 at 2:35 pm

My Uncle was an Usher at the Etude. His boss also owned the Grand. This was in 1915-16. One of his duties was to run reels from the Etude to the Grand.

Bway
Bway on May 26, 2009 at 9:14 am

It looked pretty run down in 1968 already!
I assume the McDonalds only uses the lobby area. What is the rest of the theater used for? Does any ornamentation inside remain?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 23, 2010 at 5:09 am

This is from an item datelined Brooklyn, in the trade journal Engineering & Contracting, issue of June 9, 1915: “Robert T. Rasmussen, architect… will let contracts at once for a 3-story, 88x169-ft theater here for the Bay Ridge Theater Corp…. estimated to cost $200,000.”

michaelkaplan
michaelkaplan on December 17, 2010 at 9:22 pm

Here’s a photo of the Loew’s Bay Ridge c.1959
http://twitpic.com/3gz4o4

michaelkaplan
michaelkaplan on January 4, 2011 at 9:30 am

The 1959 photo has been moved to the following website:

http://yfrog.com/h80mohj

DJM78
DJM78 on January 17, 2012 at 5:18 pm

Great photo of this theater. A block away and across the street was Lento’s. Taking in a show at the Bay Ridge theater then getting a pizza at Lento’s must have been a good night.

RichardRasmussen
RichardRasmussen on October 22, 2014 at 2:46 pm

The architect for the Bayridge was my great uncle Robert T. Rasmussen. He and my grandfather George Rasmussen owned several RKO theaters in Brooklyn and other boroughs. I wold appreciate any information regarding them. Thanks for the article and the picture. Definitely part of NY history.

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