Commodore Theater

329 Broadway,
Brooklyn, NY 11211

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Commodore Theater March 2005

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The 1922 Commodore Theater, in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg section, was a local landmark.

The Commodore Theater was also the home of the Williamsburg Brooklyn Film Festival from 1998-2002. The Commodore closed in July of 2002 and was torn down in January and February 2007.

Contributed by Ross Melnick

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JDaVi
JDaVi on April 13, 2009 at 4:52 pm

Is IT TRUE? THAT THE JEWS BOUGHT THE COMMODORE FOR $1.00? If True Williamsburg,Brooklyn really is the
‘King Of The Jews! jDa'Vi.

JDaVi
JDaVi on April 13, 2009 at 4:59 pm

I HEARD THAT THE COMMODORE THEATER WAS SOLD FOR $1.00 TO THE JEWS. TRUE OR FALSE? Shoot i even had $1.00. =(

Bway
Bway on April 16, 2009 at 9:44 am

I don’t know what the current owners paid for the theater, but the theater was deliberately attacked with holes punched in the roof to quickly destroy the place so there was no hope it would be saved. Has anything been built in it’s place?

Anyway, here a 1967 photo of the Commodore in it’s happier days:

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johndereszewski
johndereszewski on July 3, 2009 at 3:05 pm

Passed by the site today. It is still an open lot. Looking through the wall, I saw a mostly weed strewn lot with no sign of any development. Yes, some concrete foundation were installed – many months ago – but absolutely no new development appears to be comimg soon – if ever. The most recent Building Permits lapsed last February. Thr only activity I saw was a place to accumulate broken bike parts – but that is it!

The total stupidy of gutting what could have been an extremely appealing endeavor in marketing the Commodore as a cutting edge movie house just becomes more and more apparent! Stupidy rules!

Bway
Bway on July 4, 2009 at 7:03 pm

It still sickens me whenever I ride by on the el trains through March Ave station that they tore this theater down….and for what? What a waste.

Bway
Bway on July 4, 2009 at 7:04 pm

I meant Marcy Ave….

johndereszewski
johndereszewski on October 5, 2009 at 4:46 pm

Thanks Panzer for capturing an act of absolute folly! In looking at the empty lot that will probably remain vacant for the foreseeable future, the sheer stupidy of it all just shocks anyone’s conscience.

Bway
Bway on May 31, 2011 at 11:12 am

Wow, Great photos of the Commodore! It was nice to see those “urn” things again….I used to pass them every day for a decade on the J/M trains through there on the el. STILL can’t believe that beautiful building was senselessly torn down. What a shame.

Willburg145
Willburg145 on June 4, 2011 at 10:33 am

I think this theather was closed and torn down because some members of the community did not want to see their precious neighborhood overrun by hippsters. This could have become a great venue for films, concerts, and a community theater. There was so much potential but it would have clashed with certain people.

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