Cumberland Theatre

327 Cumberland Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11238

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Drawing of Cumberland Theatre, 1914

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The Cumberland Theatre was a small neighborhood venue located on Cumberland Street, between Greene Avenue and Fulton Street near Brooklyn’s downtown area. It is listed as operating from 1914, and was closed in 1938.

It was converted to an A & P grocery store. All structures on this block have been demolished to create a vest-pocket park.

Contributed by BrooklynJim

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 16, 2007 at 11:53 pm

What happened to all of the comments? I remember posting to this page. Unfortunately, I don’t remember what I posted. :(

BrooklynJim
BrooklynJim on November 17, 2007 at 12:42 am

LOL! You did a certificate of occupancy (?) and some organ info, LM. According to my ancient aunt, she had said the theater employed a decent piano player there about 1924-25.

I recall posting about my grandfather’s restaurant at 722 Fulton St. He allowed the theater owners to post a sign weekly in his front window that advertised the current movie(s). For that, he got a free pass each and every week. Not too shabby a deal.

Maybe the posts got lost when the CT brass upgraded? Quien sabe?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 17, 2007 at 12:50 am

Long time no type Jim. I have no idea when these comments disappeared. LOL

I can check the organ list now for this theater but the c/o will take more time.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 17, 2007 at 12:54 am

Okay, a Wurlitzer theater organ opus 1369 style 109 was installed in the Cumberland Theater on 6/20/1926.

BrooklynJim
BrooklynJim on November 17, 2007 at 1:12 am

Been busy with the latest novel and on another site PKoch invited me to join (BB). Great to read you again, too!

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 17, 2007 at 5:30 pm

Jim….I’m not sure if I found a c/o for this property last time. If I did, its no longer available. A current search returns “NOT A VALID ADDRESS”. That happens because the property is now a park. The only deed available for 327 Cumberland Street is dated July of 1967. Only the dimensions of the property (80 x 75 ft) are given. It doesn’t state if a building was located there in 1967 or if it was vacant land. Is this a private park? Someone is paying taxes on this property and that wouldn’t happen if it was a NYC park. Annual Property Tax = $3,326.

BrooklynJim
BrooklynJim on November 17, 2007 at 5:44 pm

I was on leave from Camp LeJeune July, 1967, and had visited my grandmother one block away. I recall that the 327 building address was still the old A&P grocery store, but I cannot be certain whether it was still doing business at that time.

Today it remains a vest-pocket park, traffic-free (Cumberland St. is no longer a through street to Atlantic Ave.), and is owned by the city. Thx for checking, LM.

[For anyone with a modicum of interest in this tiny nabe, there was some discussion of it on the Ridgewood page prior to its being listed here. Good luck finding it, however…]

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 17, 2007 at 5:55 pm

Your welcome Jim. I scanned through the messages on the Ridgewood page and one comment of interest was posted by Warren on Jun 21, 2006. He posted a link to a 1917 ad listing the Cumberland Theater. That link no longer works. If he still has the ad, maybe he will post a new link to it on this page.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on May 2, 2010 at 3:52 pm

An ultra-rare photo of the Cumberland Theatre in the late 1920s can be found on page 73 of Howard Pitsch’s “Fort Greene,” a new entry in the “Images of America” paperback series. More details about the book are here: View link

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 23, 2012 at 5:57 am

The January 10, 1914, issue of Real Estate Record and Builders' Guide mentioned the project that became the Cumberland Theatre in an item about recent projects in Brooklyn’s Hill section:

“An old coal yard, which has been an eyesore to the neighborhood has been removed to make way for a modern moving-picture theater, which is now under way at the southeast corner of Greene avenue and Cumberland street.

“The new owners have begun the erection of a theater on plans made by Architect William J. Dilthey of Manhattan. The architecture of the theater is a modern treatment of the Spanish mission style. The walls are to be of pearl-gray stucco with red tile covering the roof and canopies on the two street fronts.

“The theater has been leased through the realty company and William H. Allen for a long term to the Beacon Photoplay Corporation, an operating company, at an aggregate rental of about $84,000.

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