UA Duffield Twin Theatre

249 Duffield Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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This theater was one of Fulton Mall’s four movie palaces which included the Loew’s Metropolitan up the street, the Albee around the corner, and the Paramount two streets east.

It was a single screen until 1984 when it it was divided into two cinemas seperating the balcony from the orchestra section as a twin. Both cinemas had great sound but it’s cinema life was cut short in 1991 during the screening of "New Jack City" when a patron was killed.

The theater was closed by the NYPD for investigation. It was later sold and then demolished.

Today, a building on the site is a clothing store named "Brooklyn U.S.A" which specializes in Brooklyn theme apparel.

Contributed by Jamal P. Savage

Recent comments (view all 37 comments)

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on March 3, 2009 at 1:30 am

The RKO Rockville Centre Twin is about five miles down the road — closed now.

The Century (now AMC) Fantasy is also about five miles down, just a few doors off Sunrise, but you can see the big verticle sign.

EcRocker on March 3, 2009 at 4:46 am

Thanks Sap The Rockivlle was the one. Did a google map street view and it shows a for sale sign on it.. At least when i went there you couild not only see but hear the movie without hearing commentaries all through it.

GaryCohen on January 14, 2010 at 12:01 am

I ageee with many of the others who have commented here. Even though the Duffield was only a few blocks away from the RKO Albee and Loews Metropolitan, it wasn’t in the same universe as those theaters. I saw numerous films at the Albee and Loews Met. from the early to mid-1960s and they were beautiful and memorable theaters. I saw only 1 film at the Duffield “Move Over Darling” with Doris Day and James Garner and, to be honest, neither the film or the theater were very memorable at all. Its a wonder this place lasted as long as it did although, if you think about it, as Downtown Brooklyn went down the drain it was somehow appropriate that the crumbiest theater there should be the one left to symbolize what this area deteriorated into.

Willburg145 on June 28, 2011 at 7:22 pm

I have always said that if I hit the lottery I would want to buy up the old Rainbow Theatre on Graham Avenue and screen old movies, cartoons on Saturdays and some stage shows. But I wonder if the cost of liability insurance would be too high. Of course if I hit the lottery I wouldn’t have to worry about the cost.

Astyanax on June 30, 2011 at 3:52 am

Only time I was in this theatre was to see the showcase engagement of Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid. A Randforce house, it was not particularly distinguished and didn’t compare to the chain’s other venues including the Savoy, the Commodore or the Alba, and was totally out of league with the downtown flagship heavyweights such as the Fox, the Paramount, the Albee and the Metropolitan.

NeonSky on October 22, 2011 at 11:33 pm

I saw Edward Scissorhands here one snowy night in 1991. The next night was when the shooting took place as the other screen was showing New Jack City. I thought this was a beautiful old theater. It had a kind of modest grandeur to it.

Ed Miller
Ed Miller on July 20, 2014 at 3:35 am

Cinema Treasures really ought to cross reference theaters that have had name changes. And how ridiculous to list the Duffield as the UA Duffield Twin. It was known as the Duffield for decades before UA and the twinning, so why list it that way?

robboehm on July 20, 2014 at 1:02 pm

Ed, the CT logic is that the listing carries the last name. However, that is not always the case. As long as the AKAs are in place that should not be a problem. As far as cross referencing is concerned, when a theatre is established on CT the input screen provides for the inclusion of prior names. If the provider doesn’t “provide”, they don’t exist. It’s then up to the rest of us to flesh out the entries.

robboehm on July 20, 2014 at 5:18 pm

Also, Ed, if you want to update something, rather than put it in the comment section, where it’s not always picked up, go back to the Home page and use the Contact logic to “Update Cinema Treasures”.

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