West End Theatre

52nd Street & New Utrecht Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11219

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West End Theatre

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The West End Theatre was a small movie house built after the first decade of the 20th century. It showed silent movies. It closed around the time the fancier Boro Park Theatre was built next to it in 1923. It had a large vertical sign in front but no marquee. A 1919 photograph of the facade is in the Brooklyn Library collection.

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ERD
ERD on November 20, 2005 at 1:05 am

The West End theatre was built on New Utrecht avenue when the West End train line was on street level. It was one of the earliest movie theatres built in the Borough Park section of Brooklyn

ERD
ERD on December 1, 2006 at 3:32 pm

The photo from the Brooklyn Library was taken in 1918 after the “El"
was built on New Utrecht Avenue. The silent picture featured was Paramount’s "My Cousin”, a comedy starring Enrico Caruso.(Adolph Zukor had signed the famous operatic tenor to make three silent movies for his studio. Although Caruso couldn’t be heard, his movie debut was a success)

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 1, 2006 at 3:49 pm

Unlike Pavarotti, whose only film in 1981 was a dud.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on September 2, 2013 at 12:55 pm

An article in the October 26th, 1941 issue of the Brooklyn Eagle claims that the West End was the very first theatre operated by A.H. Schwartz, who went on to create the Century Circuit. The West End’s opening date was cited as “more than 30 years ago,” which suggests at least 1910.

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