Court Theater

375 Smith Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11231

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Court Theater

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Small theater located on Smith Street at Third Street. The Court Theatre was opened around 1922. A Robert Morton organ was installed in 1923. It was closed in 1929, but in January 1931 sound equipment was installed. This seems to have been a short lived venture, as the Court Theatre was closed later in 1931.

Currently operating as an auto repair garage, yet the building still looks very much like an old movie theater.

Contributed by Philip Goldberg

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 5, 2007 at 5:26 pm

This theater dates back to at least 1923 when a Robert-Morton theater organ was installed.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 6, 2007 at 10:19 am

I can only find one certificate of occupancy for a motion picture theater at this address. The date was January of 1931. Alterations done at that time were, enlarge platform to make room behind screen for loud speakers. Maybe this theater upgraded to sound at that time.

A certificate of occupancy dated August 23, 1949 shows a gasoline service station located at 375 Smith Street.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on November 6, 2007 at 11:52 am

Hey Ken… Did you poke your head inside for a peek, to see if any interior elements remain in the auto shop?

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on November 6, 2007 at 12:17 pm

The Lee brothers are the operators of the auto-repair shop. I met up with a couple of Asian gentlemen who allowed access to the building. From what I remember, there was only a little trace of decorative detail and I think I remember the remains of an original light fitting still hanging. It’s worth asking if you can take a look if you are around the area.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 30, 2008 at 9:34 am

The Court Theater can be seen on the right in this photo of Smith Street. The year given for the photo is 1928.

scope
scope on February 22, 2014 at 5:53 am

Never new this building had been a movie theater until today! I lived on 2nd place from 1948 until 1957. During all that time this building was an auto service station. I used to play stick ball in front of the “power house” accross the street from this building. I hit quite a few “spaldings” on to its roof.

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