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 when a projection booth was installed at the rear of the balcony. 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, the RKO Prospect Theatre has been converted into retail space. A store belonging to the C-Town grocery chain occupied the ground floor of the former theatre, and is now Steve’s 9th Street Market. The stage house has been converted into condos.

Contributed by William Gabel

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IMBlessed on April 2, 2011 at 12:14 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 5:31 pm

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

TommyS on January 27, 2013 at 11:48 pm

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 12:43 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 18, 2015 at 10:14 pm

Later photo from Brooklyn Pics uploaded.

menright on July 23, 2015 at 2:43 pm

Great bunch of pictures on the current state of the theatre on the After the Final Curtain website. http://afterthefinalcurtain.net/tag/rko-prospect/

Matt Lambros
Matt Lambros on July 23, 2015 at 2:49 pm

I recently visited what remains of the Prospect Theatre. Check out some photos at After the Final Curtain

Matt Lambros
Matt Lambros on July 23, 2015 at 2:50 pm

Ha, thanks menright! You beat me to it.

theatrefan on July 24, 2015 at 9:03 pm

For a place that’s been closed since 1967, it seems to be in pretty good shape. There are a whole bunch of movie theatres that closed much later & do not look as good. As usual great job with the photography Matt, keep up the good work.

IMBlessed on July 25, 2015 at 1:57 pm

Heartfelt thanks for the pix. I’m 83 and I remember our (Mom and me) going to the Saturday matinees. We’d first go to the dime store (Kresge’s?) across the street and buy a bunch of candy then to the theatre. I also recall one of the serials: Nyoka, Queen of the Jungle. I believe there was a dance studio right next door, second floor, where I took tap lessons for a few years. Does anyone recall the Avon Theatre, a block away from the Prospect? FYI, I attended PS 39 for a couple of my elementary school years. (My family left Brooklyn December 1943 for Cooperstown NY) Recently (6/2011) my daughters and me visited the school. Fortunately there was some kind of fundraiser going and and we were graciously shown through the school. P.S. 39 aka Henry Bristow is a Landmark school! Forgive my rambling. Beatasum

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