Bay Ridge Theatre

7120 Third Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11209

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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.

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.

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

The 1959 photo has been moved to the following website:

http://yfrog.com/h80mohj

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

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.”

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?

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.

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.

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 !!!

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.

Bway
Bway on October 11, 2007 at 9:24 am

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

irajoel
irajoel on July 23, 2006 at 10:56 am

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BoxOfficeBill
BoxOfficeBill on April 23, 2006 at 6:47 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.

Theaterat
Theaterat on February 9, 2006 at 8:15 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
BoxOfficeBill on February 9, 2006 at 6:43 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
Theaterat on February 9, 2006 at 5:38 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.

frankie
frankie on July 25, 2005 at 9:39 am

If I remember correctly, the Salmaggi Opera Company played this theater when I went to Xaverian High School 1957-1961. frankie from Brooklyn

BoxOfficeBill
BoxOfficeBill on July 18, 2005 at 4:10 pm

Thanks, Zouave: the photos capture some of the spirit.

Zouave
Zouave on July 18, 2005 at 3:53 pm

PHOTOS!

Here is the interior:

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Zouave
Zouave on July 17, 2005 at 1:40 pm

I can post some photos of the interior, later. Look for the link I will post soon.

This theater was built in 1915 clearly as a vaudeville theater as it had a big stage that protruded forward – entirely pointless if only movies were being shown. And 1915 was before the age of the Movie Palaces some of which had travelling stage shows.

WRESTLING took place there in the early 1960’s, often televised locally. It became a center for Bingo for many years.

I was a kid when the theater was showing movies: Tom Thumb. The Man From Laramie, Forbidden Planet, Old Yeller, and Samson and Delilah, were a few I recall seeing there. I also could see the flashing lights of the marquee sign from my window.

I will. as I said, post that link for interior photos, subsequently.

BTW, the McDonalds is still there as of today!

>> Architect: Unknown <<

Well, it WAS on the corner in white marble before McDonalds covered it over. It did give the name and “1915”. Anyone recall the architect’s name on it?

We just lost the nearby Fortway so I feel nostalgic for it.

tomgrommell
tomgrommell on April 11, 2005 at 4:00 pm

This theater is now part of the New York Sports Clubs chain. I work out there 2-3 times a week. The logistics of a health club shoehorned into a theater are tricky, and the dressing room is small, but it’s nice. You can see some of the quality plaster work on the walls and ceiling in the weight room.

See
View link

Never saw this building as a movie theater ; remember it as a bingo hall in the 1970s.

Fulham
Fulham on January 11, 2005 at 9:57 am

In addition to running features following their showings at the Loew’s Alpine, the Bay Ridge picked up films after they ran at the RKO Dyker.

Fulham
Fulham on November 28, 2004 at 11:43 am

The Bay Ridge along with the Electra were the theatres of my childhood. Funny that ij mentions Hubert “Cubby” Selby in his comment.For those who don’t know, Selby was the author of “Last Exit to Brooklyn” and “Requiem For a Dream”. Cubby and I along with Gil Sorrentino (another respected author) almost lived in those theatres.
Since it was just up the street from PS-102, I would hit the Bay Ridge 2 or 3 times a week. I remember the day the ticket price went up from a dime to 11 cents…had to run home six blocks to get another penny. Vaudeville night was every Thursday with acts on their way up but mostly on their way down…Lash LaRue and his black whip for example. A beautiful theatre.

Bob Camfiord

irajoel
irajoel on November 27, 2004 at 1:35 pm

The late author Hubert Selby grew up across the street from this theatre and there is a repro of it back them reproduced in the intro. that Selby wrote for a book on tatoos, as he writes about the theatre.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on March 12, 2004 at 11:26 am

The Bay Ridge was a Loews location at least during the 40’s and 50’s