RKO Prospect Theatre

327 9th Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11215

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IMBlessed on July 25, 2015 at 10:57 am

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

theatrefan on July 24, 2015 at 6:03 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.

Matt Lambros
Matt Lambros on July 23, 2015 at 11:50 am

Ha, thanks menright! You beat me to it.

Matt Lambros
Matt Lambros on July 23, 2015 at 11:49 am

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

menright on July 23, 2015 at 11:43 am

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

robboehm on May 18, 2015 at 7:14 pm

Later photo from Brooklyn Pics uploaded.

mda3668 on February 25, 2013 at 9:43 pm

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 27, 2013 at 8:48 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.

DJM78 on January 7, 2012 at 2:31 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 9:14 am

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 7, 2010 at 6:39 pm

The new website for PATOS – the current owners of the WurliTzer organ from the Prospect is: http://theatreorgans.com/patos
Jay Smith

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[Deleted] on March 26, 2009 at 8:00 am

The main page of the website is actually View link

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[Deleted] on March 26, 2009 at 7:56 am

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 12:13 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 14, 2008 at 4:36 pm

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.”

William on June 13, 2006 at 8:23 am

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 9:27 am

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

frankie on October 5, 2005 at 10:40 am

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

spencerst on August 24, 2005 at 7:25 pm

i think this was the only time this was done
but it is a good idea
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frankie on June 24, 2005 at 6:14 am

We used to call the Avon “The Itch House” for obvious reasons. I believe I paid 45 cents to see “Samson & Delilah” 40 or so years ago. The Prospect was called the RKO Prospect, and in 1967, I was 24 and on leave from the army, when I took my 2 sisters, then 10 & 12, to see a double bill of “Gypsy” and “The Music Man.” I still live on 22nd Street, and miracle of miracles, my other neighborhood theater, the Sanders, reopened a few years ago as the Pavilion on 14th Street and Prospect Park West. Once a single, it is now a ten-plex. But at least I can walk to the movies once again. Frankie, Brooklyn NY

gzoltowski on May 18, 2004 at 6:38 am

Does any one recall another smaller theater one block away, called the “Avon”, also on 9th street (bet 5th and 4th Avenues ?)? I remember seeing triple features there in the 60’s.

William on November 15, 2003 at 11:16 am

The RKO Prospect Theatre is located at 327 9th Street.