Sheridan Theatre

1149 Liberty Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11208

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Situated in northeast Brooklyn near the Queens border, this early cinema stood at Liberty Avenue’s intersection with Sheridan Avenue. In October, 1932, as the Depression worsened, the owners tried a rescue operation by turning the Sheridan into a showcase for German and Austrian imports, shown in their original versions with English subtitles. Even with bargain prices that topped out at 35 cents at peak times, the policy failed. The Sheridan Theatre returned to late-run mainstream movies until closing permanently in 1933. The building still stands, but converted to retail.

Contributed by Warren G. Harris

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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 9, 2008 at 8:05 am

Here’s a 1932 ad announcing the conversion to “Brooklyn’s Groesstes Deutsches Kino.” The Sheridan was easy to reach via the Grant Avenue station of the Fulton-Lefferts subway line and the Bergen Street trolley car line: View link

tapeshare
tapeshare on May 3, 2010 at 12:26 pm

I found an article from a 1917 Brooklyn Eagle that makes reference to 4 obscure theaters in the East New York area, including the Sheridan. It reads “A big motion picture carnival has been arranged by the Home Defense League of the 153rd District, East New York.."
It goes on to name the Sheridan, the Cleveland (On Pitkin and Cleveland, I don’t believe that is listed on this site), the Norwood,
(listed as Fulton and Richmond? we know it as Fulton and Hale) and the Sheffield on Sheffield Avenue. Ironically only the Sheridan lasts in the sound era yet all of these are still standing!
This article gives us an interesting time stamp for these theaters, and raises one mystery. Was the Norwood originally on Richmond Street, and then turned into the Embassy, with a "new” Norwood appearing in the building that would become Hale Lanes?

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