Walker Theater

6401 18th Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11204

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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.

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

Is there any theater ornamentation left in the store?

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.

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
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
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
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
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
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
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?

wilbra76
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
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.

ERD
ERD on December 27, 2007 at 7:36 am

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

maryemicari
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
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.
View link

ERD
ERD on December 21, 2006 at 4:42 am

Thanks, Warren for your information.

ERD
ERD on December 21, 2006 at 3:54 am

I was told the Walker opened in 1927 by a person who worked there many years ago-not 1929. Perhaps some member knows for sure.

Dee
Dee on July 31, 2006 at 2:49 am

This is not really about the Walker theater. My dad, Erwin Bader taught social studies at Shallow, 1954-1981. Shallow used the Walker for graduation. If you would like to share any memories of him with me I would be thrilled. Thanks.

ERD
ERD on July 12, 2006 at 5:37 am

As I said in my many posts, above, the Walker would be one of the most practical former theatres to restore. It is a project that should be looked into. If I would live in the area, I would have done so already.

frankie
frankie on July 12, 2006 at 5:04 am

Yes, RobertR, isn’t it a wonderful dream ? I just wonder if people in Bensonhurst would support it. I know I’d come there from South Brooklyn all the time. I spoke to Marty Markowitz at the Prospect Park concert last night, and he claims to have a kind of combo public/private plan for the Loew’s Kings during his last 3 years. Better than nothing, but it would take a real miracle to pull THAT off ! Meanwhile, we have the Loew’s Jersey City to look forward to in the fall !

RobertR
RobertR on July 10, 2006 at 6:03 am

This would be so easy to put back together as a theatre.

frankie
frankie on July 10, 2006 at 5:48 am

All the Koreans taking over 18th Avenue might scare away any possible “developers-theater lovers”. But if stars like Debbie Reynolds can play the Bronx and Rita Moreno & Mitzi Gaynor can play Brooklyn College and The Redgraves & Cate Blanchett can play BAM, maybe the Walker is ripe for renaissance !

ERD
ERD on June 6, 2006 at 6:33 am

The Walker building seems to be a good candidate for a theatre restoration in Brooklyn.