Commodore Cinemas

329 Broadway,
Brooklyn, NY 11211

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Commodore Cinemas

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The Commodore Theatre, at the northeast corner of Broadway and Rodney Street in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg section, was a local landmark. It was opened in 1922 and was equipped with a Kimball organ.

The Commodore Theatre was twinned in the 1970’s and was renamed Commodore Cinemas. It was the home of the Williamsburg Brooklyn Film Festival from 1998-2002. It was closed in July of 2002 due to it being purchased by a Jewish organisation who proposed to build a school and cultural center on the site. The building was torn down in January and February 2007 and the site remains an empty plot in 2016.

Contributed by Ross Melnick

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johndereszewski
johndereszewski on July 3, 2009 at 11:05 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 5, 2009 at 3:03 am

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 5, 2009 at 3:04 am

I meant Marcy Ave….

johndereszewski
johndereszewski on October 6, 2009 at 12:46 am

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 7:12 pm

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 6:33 pm

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.

kidblast1
kidblast1 on December 1, 2015 at 7:41 am

As of November 30, 2015 it’s still a huge empty lot. If the Chasidim bought the property they ain’t talking! I asked several walking by and who owned 2 stores … no one could or would answer me?

johndereszewski
johndereszewski on December 1, 2015 at 12:40 pm

The sheer stupidity of this continues.

dandelatorre
dandelatorre on August 30, 2016 at 5:15 pm

My family rented an apartment in the early 1950’s adjacent to this Commodore theater. The two-story apartment was part of the Synagogue converted into two apartments. Our backyard was a long narrow cemented area laying between the rears of both the Synagogue and Commodore buildings. My sister and I were very little and shared a bedroom on our second floor with only one side window which faced the back of the theater. It only had a shade on it. The lights from the theater would cast shadows of tree limbs from a tree in it’s back property onto our window shade, and when it was windy the shadows of the moving branches were scary to us. Many memories of that home.. the last apartment we lived in before moving out to Long Island and into our first home.

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