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 2015.

Contributed by Ross Melnick

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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 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 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 on July 4, 2009 at 7:04 pm

I meant Marcy Ave….

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 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 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.

kidblast1 on November 30, 2015 at 11:41 pm

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 on December 1, 2015 at 4:40 am

The sheer stupidity of this continues.

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