Walker Theater

6401 18th Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11204

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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.

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

Tinseltoes on August 8, 2012 at 11:25 am

Read what managing director Sam Berman said in 1929: archive

Bway on April 30, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Is there any theater ornamentation left in the store?

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.

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?

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….

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

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

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

Great movie ad. And the pictures were just great.

Dee on November 1, 2008 at 2:10 pm

To Jtorriani-Thank you for the comment about my dad, Erwin Bader from Shallow. You can email me at
I would love to hear more.
Thank you!

ERD on July 15, 2008 at 11:09 am

Excellent photo of the auditorium posted by Warren. The proscenium was very beautiful, too. What a shame this theatre didn’t eventually become a performing arts center. Public transportation is near by, but no parking lot.

HBH on July 15, 2008 at 9:27 am

double feature and then hit the Richelieu for a frappe or a black and white soda?

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 14, 2008 at 10:45 am

Here’s a rare view of the audtiorium in its last years prior to sub-division. Some of the special color effects still seem to be working:
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wilbra76 on May 3, 2008 at 9:49 am

I submitted a Comment about the Walker Theater and it was acknowledged on Dec 27, 2007 by ERD. Now I find that the submission has been deleted. Can you explain this? Thank you very much.
Bill Brandt

JTorriani on April 10, 2008 at 7:03 am

Dee Ann I don’t know how to contact you but I attendend Shallow JHS from 1956-59 and had your father as a teacher. He was a wonderful man. One of the things I remember was that there was a student who was severly disturbed and your father was the only one who could control him.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on February 11, 2008 at 8:55 am

Some recent views of the building can be seen near the end of a new article about Brooklyn’s 18th Avenue at www.forgotten-ny.com

ERD on December 27, 2007 at 7:36 am

Thanks for all the information, Bill. What great memories!

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on December 27, 2007 at 5:59 am

The Mapleton was later called the Colony and is listed at CT under that final name.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on September 10, 2007 at 1:06 pm

I would suggest donating it to the Brooklyn Public Library or to the Brooklyn Historical Society. You might also consider the Billy Rose Theatre Collection at the Library of the Performing Arts in Lincoln Center, Manhattan, but I think that the scrapbook should stay in Brooklyn as a memorial to your uncle and to the Walker Theatre.

maryemicari on September 10, 2007 at 12:06 pm

HI all
My uncle was the Manager of the Walker for many years. He has since passed and we now have a book of memoribilia about the Walker. We I was wondering who might be interested in it and where I could send it. Possibly the Brooklyn Museum or do you know of a theater memoribila site or museum? Thanks.

RobertR on January 27, 2007 at 3:01 am

A 1952 appearance by Buster Crabbe enjoying a renewed popularity when his old serials were being shown on television.
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ERD on December 21, 2006 at 4:42 am

Thanks, Warren for your information.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on December 21, 2006 at 4:32 am

P.S. The dates of FDYBs tend to be confusing, as they cover events for the previous year and not the year of publication. For example, the 1930 edition covered 1929, and closed its editorial sections early in 1930 for publication in the spring of that year.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on December 21, 2006 at 4:18 am

A directory ad in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle of March 18th, 1928, shows the Walker presenting the movie, “San Francisco Nights,” and vaudeville, so it might easily have opened in 1927. The Walker makes its first appearance in Film Daily Year Books in the 1929 volume, which is perhaps where the incorrect 1929 comes from. If it opened towards the end of 1927, it may have been too late to make the entries for the 1928 volume. You could probably find an exact date for the opening by looking at the Brooklyn Eagle microfilm for 1927. I would start in December and work backwards. It is usually best to look for cinema ads in the Sunday issues, which had the most complete listings for Brooklyn theatres.