RKO Prospect Theatre

327 9th Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11215

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B.F. Keith’s Prospect Theatre opened on September 14, 1914. It began presenting programs from Keith’s Palace Theatre on Broadway, Manhattan. Films began to be screened as part of the vaudeville program from 1916. In 1920 a Moller organ was installed. This was replaced in October 1926, when a Wurlitzer 2 manual 10 ranks organ was intalled.

It went over to full time movie theatre use in May 1929, and was renamed RKO Prospect Theatre in 1930. However vaudeville returned in 1933.

Closed as a movie theatre in 1967. As the picture at right illustrates, the RKO Prospect Theatre has been converted into retail space. A store belonging to the C-Town grocery chain currently occupies the ground floor of the former theatre.

Contributed by William Gabel

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BobFurmanek on February 4, 2009 at 8:13 pm

On Friday January 26, 1962, the Three Stooges (Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Curly-Joe DeRita) embarked on a three day promotional tour for their latest feature film, THE THREE STOOGES MEET HERCULES. They were accompanied by “The Herculean Giant” (almost 8 foot tall Dave Ballard) and popular DJ Clay Cole, who was one of the stars of the co-feature, TWIST AROUND THE CLOCK.

On Sunday January 28, they appeared at the RKO Prospect at 6:25 PM.

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[Deleted] on March 26, 2009 at 2:56 pm

The Wurlitzer organ that was used in the Prospect was removed in 1960 and was put into storage. About 14 years later, it was moved to Pittsburgh, P.A. and rebuilt. It was then installed in the Keystone Oaks High School just outside of Pittsburgh. The Wurlitzer is maintained by the Pittsburgh Area Theater Organ Society (http://mysite.verizon.net/patos.wurlitzer/index_files/Page323.htm).

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[Deleted] on March 26, 2009 at 3:00 pm

The main page of the website is actually View link

pghwurlitzer on April 8, 2010 at 2:39 am

The new website for PATOS – the current owners of the WurliTzer organ from the Prospect is: http://theatreorgans.com/patos
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IMBlessed on April 2, 2011 at 5:14 pm

Just left the Avon Theatre site and now another memory jogger. My mother and I often went to the Saturday matinees at the Prospect Theatre, circa 1941-1945. Besides a movie, the clliff-hanger serials (remember Nyoka, Queen of the Jungle"?) and vaudeville shows. The all-midget show totally fascinated me. My Mom and I would buy a bag of candy from the candy counter at the 5 and Dime located diagonally across the street from the theatre. My memory is foggy but I believe there was a dance studio called “Rhetta’s” whose entrance was next to the theatre. I took tap dance lessons there.
Thanks to the creators of these fabulous websites.

DJM78 on January 7, 2012 at 10:31 pm

My parents were from nearby Red Hook. I only heard of this theatre and others close to it because of them.

DJM78 on January 6, 2013 at 2:07 am

Tinseltoes….Great stuff!

TommyS on January 28, 2013 at 4:48 am

The Prospect was another of those great neighborhood movie theatres. My grade school graduation in 1959 was held there. I remember the dinnerware set that my mother treasured. She bought pieces weekly at the Prospect. Movies that I saw there shape my thinking for my entire life. Two notable ones were Two Women with Sophia Loren and I Want To Live with Susan Hayward.

mda3668 on February 26, 2013 at 5:43 am

According to this interview with Moe Howard, this is where Ted Healey and Moe Howard teamed up—starting what became The Three Stooges. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lm6F5-qYONo

robboehm on May 19, 2015 at 3:14 am

Later photo from Brooklyn Pics uploaded.

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