Brooklyn Theatre

2524 East Cesar E. Chavez Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA 90033

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The Brooklyn Theatre was a neighborhood movie house in Los Angeles designed by architect L.A. Smith as the Lido Theatre. It was later renamed for the street it was located on (Brooklyn Avenue, now called East Cesar E. Chavez Avenue). It was closed in 1989 and has since been demolished.

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 8, 2007 at 3:54 pm

A Wurlitzer theater organ opus 1092 style B was installed in the Brooklyn Theater on 6/26/1925.

wulfgar64
wulfgar64 on December 20, 2007 at 7:48 am

No, a subway station has not been built yet. MTA uses the site for several vehicles though. The subway is being built south of this location on 1st Street.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 11, 2009 at 7:04 pm

This is from the LA Times in December 1927:

Glib Chandrowsky, the basso profundo who attracted notice in the role of the High Priest at Grauman’s Chinese Theater during the showing of “The King of Kings”, will make his first personal appearance since his engagement in the Grauman prologue at the Brooklyn Theater, 2524 Brooklyn Avenue, Sunday Monday and Tuesday. Chandrowsky was the outstanding soloist with the Ukranian Choir which appeared throughout the country.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 11, 2009 at 7:15 pm

What a shame that I missed that show. LMAO

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 3, 2010 at 12:38 am

The Brooklyn was well inside the city limits of Los Angeles, not in East Los Angeles. Here’s a 1987 photo from the LAPL.

RayHarp
RayHarp on May 5, 2010 at 11:37 am

HELLO!
I went through my old photos, and found a COLOR snapshot of the old BROOKLYN THEATER, that I took in MAY, 1980.

I will post it on this site, just as soon as I figure out how!

It’s a close-up of the right (west) half of the building.

The stucco was beige, with a reddish-clay-tile mansard fascia, and ornate terra-cotta capital trim, at the front of the roof.

The “BROOKLYN” sign atop the marquee had white lettering on a faded red backgound.

The marquee read:

MIERCOLES 2 X 1 … . . JUEVES KENO 650
… A N T O N I O . A G U I L A R …
… . S A B O R . A . S A N G R E …
E L . C H E L E L O . E N . E L . R E Y .

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

And, there was a white FORD F-150 Pick-up
parked in front… with no license plates!

ONE FINAL NOTE:
While it was open and operational, the theater was ALWAYS on “Brooklyn Avenue”. The theater reportedly closed in 1989.

The street was not re-named East CESAR E. CHAVEZ Avenue
until after Mr. Chavez’s death in 1993, in his honor.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
IN MEMORIAM:
CESAR E. CHAVEZ (actually CESAR CHAVEZ ESTRADA)
born March 31, 1927 in Yuma, Arizona, U.S.A.
died April 23, 1993 in San Luis, Arizona, U.S.A., age 66
World War II veteran, U. S. Navy, 1944-1946; VOLUNTEERED
at age 17, served 2 years aboard ships in the Pacific.

piecesofaman
piecesofaman on December 20, 2011 at 7:55 pm

An earlier poster mentioned the Variety’s Boys Club Christmas parties that were held at the Brooklyn Theater back in the day. I went to a couple of them as a member of the club as a 5th and 6th grader in the early 60’s.

They had a crying room for mom’s with babies in which alot of us 8/9/10 year olds would sneak into to get a new perspective on the movies that we had been watching all day.

The Brooklyn was more of place to meet the girls from our school (Sheridan Elementary School) down the street. For most of us it was where we experienced our first kiss and “made out” as much as we were able to. The ushers tried to control the pre-adolescent crowd by blinding us with their flashlights. We just moved to another location where they couldn’t see us.

Wednesdays or Thursdays were when families attended being drawn in with a 2 for 1 admission.We would walk to the Brooklyn from our converted garage on Mott street about 5 blocks away. That place is still there.

Notable movies that we saw there on Saturdays were “The Hustler”, “Days of Wine and Roses”, “Psycho” and alot of “Three Stooges” shorts. They generally had a more mature marquee where kids like me learned to appreciate good acting and great films. I think this was before they tried to address the changing demographics in the area. There were still many lingering Jewish families in the area and they would just have special nights a couple times a month to show Mexican cinema.

The Brooklyn Theater was definitely a neighborhood institution.

mkhmedina
mkhmedina on May 23, 2012 at 3:55 am

Excellent history on the Brooklyn Theater Paul R. Spitzzeri, Assistant Director, Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum, City of Industry.

http://boyleheightshistoryblog.blogspot.com/2012/03/brooklyn-theatres-mysterious-blast-1926.html

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on June 16, 2013 at 8:31 am

The Mighty WurliTizer Theater Pipe Organ, Opus 1092, was shipped to this theater from the WurliTizer Factory in North Tonawanda, New York on June 26, 1925. It was a 2/4 (Manuals/Ranks, Keyboards/Sets of Pipes) with a curved console. It had a total of 292 pipes, cathedral chimes, xylophone, glockenspiel, bass drum, kettle drum, cymbal, snare drum, tambourine, castanets, Chinese block, horse hoofs, surf, bird, train, auto horn, fire gong, steamboat whistle, siren, tom tom and door bell. These sound effects were real not some electronic gizmos! Does anyone know how long the organ was in the theater and what happened to it?

“Gee Dad, it was a WurliTizer!

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