Walker Theater

6401 18th Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11204

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Walker Theatre proscenium, stage and Weiss at the Wurlitzer

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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Jeff M.
Jeff M. on February 22, 2012 at 12:28 pm

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 on April 24, 2012 at 7:08 pm

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

Bway on April 30, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Is there any theater ornamentation left in the store?

phoenix984 on October 13, 2013 at 7:15 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.

theatrefan on February 6, 2015 at 6:58 pm

How did United Artists originally Quad this place way back in 1986? I cannot seem to remember. BTW I spoke with someone on 18th Avenue & they told me they had a friend that had rescued a bunch of seats from the dumpster outside for their own home theatre in their basement, I wonder if they call it the Walker?

theatrefan on February 6, 2017 at 1:31 pm

Slated to become a Target Store – http://bklyner.com/movies-mandee-bensonhurst-target/

Orlando on April 19, 2017 at 10:58 am

Actually saw the underside of balcony and saw three circular of original plaster plus part of the front side of the balcony left detail upstairs this past Saturday. If the store stays one level, ?, it might remain. Loved to see what I saw for the last time.

dylanfan14 on May 10, 2017 at 11:00 am

Does anyone recall a Live Rock and Roll show at this theater? I thought it was an Alan Freed show but not sure.

DavidAE on October 21, 2017 at 6:15 pm

Article on Target with pictures of restored theater d├ęcor incorporated into the store.

richardgreen on October 24, 2017 at 8:15 am

Unfortunately the one problem with the restoration project was the original terra cotta brickwork above the main entrance & marquee was left badly damaged and in extreme need of restoration & repair. It’s been in such a state since the Madee/Annie Sez era. If you take a look at theatrefan’s photo in the gallery you will see exactly what I am refering to.

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