Palestine Theater

11 Clinton Street,
New York, NY 10002

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The Palestine Theatre was opened in 1926. Seating was provided for 750 in the orchestra and 469 in the balcony. It was sold at auction in February 1932. A sub-run neighborhood theater on the Lower East Side, it was part of the Brandt chain by 1943. Was probably a casualty of the introduction of TV in the early-1950’s.

The entrance, foyer and lobby was demolished in 1971. The bulk of the building backing onto 180-186 Suffolk Street remains today, converted into use as a day-care center.

Contributed by Astyanax

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Joe1S1oane
Joe1S1oane on May 19, 2007 at 12:01 pm

CORRECTION: I meant Avenue B (NOT Second Avenue)

Joe1S1oane
Joe1S1oane on May 19, 2007 at 9:05 pm

Cool, Warren!
This brought me back.
I could have sworn it was on Avenue B, but the facts speak louder (and clearer) than memories.

Astyanax
Astyanax on July 17, 2007 at 9:33 pm

Into the 60’s the Palestine was renamed the Winston.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 23, 2008 at 12:53 am

The NYT had the theater in the wrong borough in this July 1951 article:

2 BANDITS ROB THEATRE; Brooklyn Telegraph Office Also Held Up by Lone Raider

Two armed men held up the manager of the Palestine Theatre, 11 Clinton Street, Brooklyn, yesterday afternoon, bound and gagged him and got $377 from the office safe.

stan740230
stan740230 on August 31, 2009 at 5:06 pm

I went to the Palestine/Winston when I grew up on the Lower East Side. They played a lot of sci-fi movies, such as ‘War of the World" w/Gene Barry & “When Worlds Collide” by George Pal. On the corner of Houston & Clinton, there was a lunchonette, where we got lime rickeys and pretzels.

cinemajosie
cinemajosie on January 23, 2011 at 6:53 am

I went to movies at that theater, on the west side of Clinton Street just below Houston, at least once a week in the early-mid 1960s. At that time it was known as the Winston. Admission was cheap, seventy-five cents, for two movies. As I recall, the fare was a mixture of 1950s and 1960s films, I would say A and B type films.

rmain1952
rmain1952 on November 8, 2011 at 2:55 pm

I remember this theater growing up on the lower east side – I lived in the projects on Columbia Street and Houston Street. My friends and I used to go there and spend the day for less than $.75 on at least 2 movies and it included the popcorn and the drink. I have fond memories of this place. later in life as a teenager I worked in a movie theater in Brooklyn NY called the Granada on Church Avenue off of Nostrand- I guess the theater was in my blood. Thanks for the memories.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on November 8, 2011 at 8:21 pm

Seems to me that the status of this theater should be updated to “Demolished.” It looks like the facade seen in the street view above is nothing but a brick wall, behind which there appears to be an accessory lot for one of the adjoining buildings.

skillz
skillz on July 15, 2013 at 2:59 pm

Mr. warren G Harris. were those links to actual PICS of the Winston Theater? Wow. They seem to be dead now. Can U re upload or inbox me with them. I’d appreciate it. It’s for a page of the Lower east Side we’re working on. TY.

robboehm
robboehm on July 15, 2013 at 3:30 pm

Warren Harris is no longer active on this site. He took the links with him when he left.

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