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

Recent comments (view all 30 comments)

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 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 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 on December 17, 2010 at 9:22 pm

Here’s a photo of the Loew’s Bay Ridge c.1959

michaelkaplan on January 4, 2011 at 9:30 am

The 1959 photo has been moved to the following website:

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 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.

henrychrist on April 21, 2015 at 10:35 am

The Hubert Selby, Jr., short story “Double Feature,” in his book SONG OF THE SILENT SNOW, is set inside the Bay Ridge Theatre; it’s about two friends who sneak a bottle of wine into the balcony, and then goof off and get pretty high (and drink a few more bottles) before fighting with management, which calls the cops. Surely not everyone’s memories of this theater, but an interesting read!

billbengen on September 10, 2015 at 5:56 pm

To Richard Rassmussen: I have a digital copy of the original 1915 opening brochure for the theater which mentions your two ancestors prominently. Please contact me at and I will e-mail it to you

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