RKO Prospect Theatre

327 9th Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11215

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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

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.

DJM78 on January 6, 2013 at 2:07 am

Tinseltoes….Great stuff!

Tinseltoes on September 3, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Some history and photos here: heresparkslope

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.

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.

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
Jay Smith

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on April 17, 2009 at 6:16 pm

Couldn’t wait for Halloween?
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[Deleted] on March 26, 2009 at 3:00 pm

The main page of the website is actually View link

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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).

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.

jflundy on December 15, 2008 at 12:36 am

The July 7, 1933 Brooklyn Eagle carried the following notice in its movie ad section:
“All The Beer You Want at the RKO Prospect
Here’s some good news for those theater patrons who are planning to attend next Wednesday’s Gala Community Night Show at the RKO Prospect. Immediately after the show the stage will be cleared to the back wall-the entire space devoted to dancing-and all the beer you desire to drink is yours for the asking.”

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 30, 2008 at 7:28 pm

The year given for this photo is 1928. Theater is on the left.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 4, 2007 at 4:50 pm

“Nanook of the North” at the Prospect Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 7, 2006 at 1:02 am

This is another NY Times story from February 19, 1989. The story claims that this theater had 500 seats. That’s probably a typo and maybe it was supposed to read 2500 seats.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on August 12, 2006 at 12:41 pm

I recall reading somewhere that the mother of writers Pete and Dennis Hamill worked at the Prospect as a boxoffice cashier while the boys were growing up.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 11, 2006 at 11:53 pm

This is a NY Times story dated July 28, 1989 about this former theater.

William on June 13, 2006 at 4:23 pm

The Prospect Theatre opened on Sept. 14th 1914. In 1928 the theatre got a new marquee. It has been a market since 1967.

BobFurmanek on February 23, 2006 at 5:27 pm

To promote his new film “The Ladies Man,” Jerry Lewis appeared on stage at this theater on July 13, 1961.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on October 12, 2005 at 5:24 pm

“Before-and-after” photos of the Prospect can be found in the new article about Brooklyn’s Fifth Avenue at www.forgotten-ny.com

frankie on October 5, 2005 at 6:40 pm

Warren, I was devastated to see The photo of “Dracula” at the RKO Prospect in 1931 ! My friend is going to PLOTZwhen I show it to him ! Many thanks ! frankie from Brooklyn

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 28, 2005 at 6:04 pm

A Wurlitzer organ Opus 1497 Style H NP was installed in the Prospect Theater on 10/30/1926.

spencerst on August 25, 2005 at 3:25 am

i think this was the only time this was done
but it is a good idea
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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on August 20, 2005 at 1:26 pm

Here’s a view of the auditorium circa 1946-47, by which time some of the original decor had been modified: