Bay Ridge Theatre

7120 Third Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11209

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DJM78 on January 17, 2012 at 8:18 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.

michaelkaplan on January 4, 2011 at 12:30 pm

The 1959 photo has been moved to the following website:

michaelkaplan on December 18, 2010 at 12:22 am

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

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 23, 2010 at 8:09 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.”

Bway on May 26, 2009 at 12:14 pm

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?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 13, 2009 at 11:05 pm

This was the building in 1968.

jflundy on November 27, 2008 at 5:35 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.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on November 27, 2008 at 11:06 am

The 1943 Film Daily Year Book has a listing for a 445-seat theatre called the Grand Art at 4805 Third Avenue, Brooklyn. It was listed as “closed” at the time. This was likely an early cinema and might have had other names over the years.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 26, 2008 at 9:24 pm

Never heard of it. Look in the Yellow pages.

kencmcintyre on November 26, 2008 at 9:18 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.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on September 15, 2008 at 4:43 pm

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martinreck on September 5, 2008 at 6:06 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.

Bway on October 11, 2007 at 12:24 pm

Actually, I believe the entire postcard is an artist rendering, not just the cars, etc.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 11, 2007 at 3:03 pm

If thats the case, the artist also removed some items. The tree on the right side of the photo, the utility poles and the overhead wires are gone in the postcard view. Alot of work just to make a postcard.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 11, 2007 at 2:51 pm

If you examine them closely, the “vintage postcard” and “vintage photo” are the same image. An artist merely added coloring, some cars, and decorative flourishes for the postcard.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 11, 2007 at 2:24 pm

Here is vintage photo of the Bay Ridge Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 20, 2007 at 1:25 pm

This is a vintage postcard showing the Bay Ridge Theater.

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BoxOfficeBill on April 23, 2006 at 9:47 am

Ahhh! I had no idea that the Bay Ridge offered Vodvil that late in its history. And with Keye Luke as M.C.—he must have been promoting the upcoming release of his “Dark Delusion,” the very last of the Drs. Kildare/Gillespie series, released in Jan. ‘47. During the war years, he displayed his patriotism in such fims as “The First Yank into Tokyo.” Gotta wonder how many jugglers and ventriloquists he introduced, and where, in the Loew’s circuit, and how often the stage at the Bay Ridge was lit up for live shows. I fly into NYC on Sat., and if the flight pattern is right (as it sometimes is), I look forward to catching a glimpse of the old neighborhood.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on April 23, 2006 at 8:31 am

Vodvil, featuring Charlie Chan’s favorite son (January, 1947):

Theaterat on February 9, 2006 at 11:15 am

Box Office Bill… Good to heasr from you again. Besides the Bay Ridge, wrestling was sometimes held at the Roll- a- Rama{ Ex Stillwell} in the early 60s and another theater on Eastern Parkway, but I`m not sure of its name.

BoxOfficeBill on February 9, 2006 at 9:43 am

Yes, Theaterat, it was a comfortable theater, a small jewel. I never knew that live wrestling occupied the premises in ‘63, though I still lived in the neighborhood at the time. I believe the last film I caught there was “The Harder They Fall” with Humphrey Bogart in '56. I still have flashbacks of seeing “Three Coins in the Fountain” and “East of Eden” there in '54: at the age of twelve I thought both films boring (er, just who was Jo Van Fleet supposed to be?), but found the photography in each to be stunningly terrific. Most memorably in the late '40s I recall there my first glimpse of the Marx Bros. in a revival of “A Night at the Opera.” My sides still hurt from laughing.

Theaterat on February 9, 2006 at 8:38 am

Remember going to the Bay Ridge in the early 60s-62 and early 63 with the Cub Scouts. My father who was the activities co ordinator took our troop to see wrestling matches that were held here for a while.Remember it to be a medium size theater and the seats were upholstured in a green fabric that contrasted nicely with the white plaster decor.This theater had a balcony and I remember we sat in the first row for a good view.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 8, 2005 at 7:17 pm

I can believe that this theater was built in 1915. NYC issued a C/O to a New building at this address in March of 1916. It is listed as an 1800 seat theater (C/O does not say motion picture theater). In May of 1928 alterations were performed on this building (new ventilation system) and at that time the owner is listed as Marcus Loew.