Cumberland Theatre

327 Cumberland Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11238

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 22, 2012 at 9:57 pm

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.

BrooklynJim on November 17, 2007 at 9:44 am

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…]

BrooklynJim on November 16, 2007 at 5:12 pm

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

BrooklynJim on November 16, 2007 at 4:42 pm

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?

BrooklynJim on November 16, 2007 at 2:47 pm

Thx to Patrick Crowley for re-supplying this link to me. The theater had vanished from my profile list. Now I have to ask: Wha' happened to the dozen or so posts that were here earlier this year?