UA Duffield Twin Theatre

249 Duffield Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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Willburg145 on November 24, 2015 at 8:28 pm

What is the name of the movie theatre in Downtown Brooklyn, off of Fulton, that is now a Berkley College and Planet Fitness? I thought it was the Duffield

NeonSky on October 22, 2011 at 3:33 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.

Astyanax on June 29, 2011 at 7:52 pm

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.

Willburg145 on June 28, 2011 at 11:22 am

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.

GaryCohen on January 13, 2010 at 4:01 pm

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.

EcRocker on March 2, 2009 at 8:46 pm

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.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on March 2, 2009 at 5:30 pm

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 2, 2009 at 2:30 pm

Hi Saps no this was a few miles east of the GA 5plex. It was also on the southe side of Sunrise Highway

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on March 2, 2009 at 6:51 am

The Century Green Acres Cinema (now a fiveplex run by National Amusements, same management as Sunrise Multiplex) is less than a mile east on Sunrise. Is that the one you mean?

EcRocker on March 1, 2009 at 11:47 pm

Things were going bad in areas like that long before New Jack City came out. Long before that in Valley Stream LI there was the Sunrise Drive in. It was demolished and the Sunrise Multiplex was built. Sometimes when my GF and I used to go out we would oft times go see a movie there after dinner when this other theatre we used to go to didn’t have something we wanted to see. In the very begining the Sunrise was not so bad. But if you know where it is what comes next is not to much of a surpise. Since it is near the Queens county border the residents would walk drive to get to there. It was not the best of neighborhoods and most of them came there and were very disorderly. yelling screaming cutting lines. I stopped going there when the comentary in the theatre was louder then the movie it self. After some incidents took place including a couple of guns going off in there Airport type metal screening detectors were installed at the main entry ways. The Queens locals balked but who wants to see a movie where someone may have a gun or knife on them. Basical the same kind of crowd like the Duffer. I never thought I would see the day when going to a movie was like checking in at an airpot. It got so bad for a while the managment had to take on off duty Nassau County cops to augment the private security because it was legal for them to carry a weapon where the private guys were non carry. All they had were batons and cuffs.

Does anyone remember a theatre about 5 miles east of there on Sunrise? It was a single that was cut to a duplex. It was either a Loews or a Century

Greenpoint on March 1, 2009 at 6:42 pm

I got all reminiscent and decided to do some poking around online- apparently the Duff wasn’t the only New Jack City showing where there was some sort of violence…,,313772,00.html

Greenpoint on March 1, 2009 at 6:35 pm

Dave-Bronx, yeah thats probably true- I didnt do the math…he looked about 50ish when I was 16…so yeah he must be long retired by now..damn thats almost 18 years…wow!

dave-bronx™ on March 1, 2009 at 4:22 pm

New Jack was what, 1990-91? If he was older then, the detective is probably long retired – they usually retire after 20 years…

Greenpoint on March 1, 2009 at 3:34 pm

Hey East Coast rememeber Alexanders…that was a fun place- remember the bowl of fries…Yes those days are now gone- but believe it or not Fulton is trying to inch itself back….There is an awesome cookie-cutter theatre on Court Street…12 theatres.I go there for movies after work. 1 stop away on the F line from my job.Getting back to the shooting- my parents didnt want to let me leave the house after the cops brought me home-I was 16 at the time and when the detectives brought me home- they took my parents to the side and told them what happenned-I remember this like it was yesterday.I was on lock-down for like a month.Another thing about the Duff was they didnt card me for “R”…Broadwaychris- if you were working that night, do you remember what the older-spanish detectives name …I think he was from the 84th precinct? I am wondering how he is doing after all these years- he was one really nice guy.

EcRocker on March 1, 2009 at 6:54 am

Hey Greenpoint I had attended a few movies at the old Duff. I had a pass from the district manager from UA who was running it at the time. I heard the news of the shooting on the 11 PM news on Ch 7. Fulton Street is not anything like ti was when my mom would drag me shopping at Mays, EJ Korvettes and A&S. Least we forget the good old Dimes Savings Bank of Brooklyn.

Greenpoint on February 28, 2009 at 3:48 pm

I was in the Duff seeing New Jack City that day,I just heard the gunshot, I told the cops all I knew…the detectives were even nice enough to give me a ride home back to Greenpoint. My theory was if I was going to see a movie with a predominantly black cast, I should see it in a predominantly black theatre- and Broadwaychris can probably atest to that fact….in fact I was probbably the only white kid in the joint. One of the many theatres I miss.Heres a picture of the Brooklyn store..

Broadwaychris on May 25, 2008 at 4:30 am

I managed the Duffield- it was a dump.
Outside of dodging a bullet or two, the only memory I really have of the whole experience was a fictitious article written by Newsday hack, Dennis Hamill, telling this rather racist tale of pimps & ho’s in fur making camp in the theatre and junkies with needles hanging out of their arms walking out of the bathrooms after scoring. Being there everyday, I don’t remember any of that vivid imagery, but I did let the hotdog vendors use the facilities.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on September 17, 2007 at 2:20 pm

That’s them, in a nutshell.

PKoch on September 17, 2007 at 2:03 pm

What two types of porno, saps, gay and straight ? Or did you have something else in mind ?

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on September 17, 2007 at 2:00 pm

I always thought this should have first turned into an adult movie house before it was torn down. I’m sure they would have made a small fortune…it was off the beaten path, on a sidestreet, yet easy to get to. The place was already twinned so they could have shown both types of porno. What a waste. The clothing place they built in its stead is already out of business.

That said, I saw many movies here, including my first 3-D, a 1970’s re-release of “House of Wax.” I also saw “Ghost” here several times and “La Bamba.”

It was also a good place to smoke some weed, as management never bothered anybody.

PKoch on September 17, 2007 at 1:32 pm

As said by Bette Davis in that film with Joseph Cotten, quoted by “Martha” in “Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf ?” :


When “New Jack City” happens for real (someone is killed) inside a cinema, then it’s time to close it.

BrooklynJim on June 18, 2006 at 12:18 pm

I jumped over to this site at the request of my dear old aunt and godmother in Jersey (almost 90 now) to say that the old Duffield was a dump in her day, a dump in my day, that it’s always been a dump, but alla you guys beat us to it!!!

EcRocker on January 5, 2006 at 7:55 pm

Before the Duff closed it’s door it was really run down and the neighborhood it was in was also in shambles. At the time the Wesley Snipes Movie was playing people were shot and killed. I could not believe that it had happened. Then again they put airport type metal detectors at the Sunrise Cinemas in green Acres NY.
What was really ironic is that earlier that day I was in the area.