Minerva Theatre

419 Seventh Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11215

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Minerva Theatre

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Located in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn on Seventh Avenue on the northeast corner of 14th Street. It opened in 1912 as the Palace Theatre and had a seating capacity given in 1926 and 1927 as 450. By 1930 it had been re-named Armory Theatre (after the nearby Park Slope Armory building which is located close-by) and the seating capacity was given as 428.

By 1941 it had been re-named the Minerva Theatre and had a seating capacity of 398, but it was listed as closed in that year, but reopened and was finally closed in late-1950.

The building then went over to retail use, then I believe was a latterly a restaurant. In around 2003 it was gutted and converted into apartments, with a new apartment building added on top on the theatre.

Contributed by KenRoe

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 27, 2006 at 12:03 pm

The first c/o that I have found for this address is dated May of 1927. It was an existing building. There is a 414 seat moving picture theater located here. Difficult to read the names so the spelling might be wrong. The owners last name was Schwartz and the architects were Berlinger and Kaufman (spelling?). The following year in June of 1928, the owner is Armory Photo Play Corp. Alteration architect was Philip Gottlieb. Alterations done were “replacing chairs”. The seating is now 389. In October of 1931 another alteration was done. The alteration was “rear expansion”. There is a different owner again but I can’t make out the name. In December of 1935 the seating was increased to 426 seats.

frankie on July 28, 2006 at 2:22 pm

You guys are GREAT ! You finally found the Minerva ! This is fascinating ! I live on 22nd Street, but used to live on Seventh between 20th & 21st. If it closed in ‘40, I never saw it open, as I was born in '43. Everytime I pass by I look at it and, seeing how the neighborhood has become so hot recently, I think: imagine how well a cozy little neighborhood theater would do now !

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