Walker Theater

6401 18th Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11204

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Walker Theatre - stage right organ chamber & details

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Located in the Mapleton district of Brooklyn. The Walker Theater was opened on January 5, 1926 with Wallace Beery in “Fireman, Save My Child”. Interior decorations were carried out by Vincent Margliotti. It was equipped with a Wurltzer 2 manual 10 rank theatre organ.

The Walker Theater was converted into a quad by United Artist’s Theatres in 1986. It closed in March 1988 with “Three Men and a Baby”, Satisfaction", “Shoot to Kill” and “Scavengers”. It is now used for retail.

Contributed by Phil Goldberg

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 15, 2010 at 2:07 pm

Great movie ad. And the pictures were just great.

caterina
caterina on April 27, 2011 at 7:37 am

Hi All, loved all the stories, got you all I am 83+ and grew up on 71st Street, went to P.S. 112 and Shallow J.H

caterina
caterina on April 27, 2011 at 7:39 am

Hi all again, forgot a few details. I loved The Walker Theater and the Chinese Restaurant next door. The best was Roosevelt Ice Parlor. Write me. Caterina

albangin
albangin on July 1, 2011 at 7:48 pm

I’m a musician….played drums in the orchestra pit in ‘79……midnight movies in the 80’s…..great place….what a sin….

Jeff M.
Jeff M. on February 22, 2012 at 9:28 am

Back in January 1976 or 1977 the late Carl Weiss and I spent an afternoon touring the Walker. Carl knew the owners from servicing the Wurlitzer so he had keys to the place. While Carl spent over an hour playing the Wurlitzer I took photographs of the auditorium. As I recall it was in near mint condition with some work being needed on the balcony rear wall and orchestra pit. If my memory is serving me correctly the house was still owned by the Walker family although UA was leasing it at the time. I will attempt to post some of the pictures when time permits. From what I’ve read in the comments it sounds as if the Walker could be restored with minimal effort. Doe anyone know if the Wurlitzer is still in the house?

ERD
ERD on April 24, 2012 at 4:08 pm

The Walker theater was named after the then mayor of NYC, Jimmy Walker,in 1926 and was never owned by his family.

Bway
Bway on April 30, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Is there any theater ornamentation left in the store?

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 8, 2012 at 11:25 am

Read what managing director Sam Berman said in 1929: archive

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on February 24, 2013 at 8:22 am

This 1980s tax photo shows a large theatre in the background. Could it be the Walker Theatre? lunaimaging

phoenix984
phoenix984 on October 13, 2013 at 4:15 pm

No,The photo was taken on 86th street and 18th avenue B/c the address starts w/ the numbers “86.” The walker was on 64th street. the Loews Oriental was on 86th street, which may be the one in the photo. Hey, does anyone recall the old lady matrons that used to walk the aisles w/ flashlights to keep us kids in order? This was in the early to mid ‘60s.

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