Sheepshead Theatre

1722 Sheepshead Bay Road,
Brooklyn, NY 11235

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Sheepshead Theatre, at Sheepshead Bay, nr Coney Island, New York in 1929

Viewing: Photo | Street View

Built by the Century Theaters chain and opened in late-1929 or early-1930.

The theatre now houses a furniture store and a Bally’s health club.

Contributed by Doug Douglass

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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 1, 2008 at 8:55 am

Here’s an ultra-rare view of the Sheepshead Theatre’s auditorium. Enroute to Coney Island on the Belt Parkway, I always noticed the enormous roof and wondered what the interior looked like. Now I know: View link

Lisanne on July 1, 2008 at 10:19 pm

Yep, that’s what it looked like even in the sixties.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 2, 2008 at 7:43 am

The Sheepshead Theatre apparently opened in 1931, and not in the 1920s. A short real estate article in The New York Times of April 19, 1931, describes it as “the new Sheepshead Theatre,” and credits its opening with attracting more people to Sheepshead Bay’s main shopping district. The community and adjacent Manhattan Beach had surged in population in recent years due to many new apartment buildings as well as private homes, the NYT reported.

Lisanne on July 3, 2008 at 12:44 am

My guess is that it opened sometime in late 1930. In April of ‘31 the theater would still be considered new, but would have been around long enough so that a claim could be made about it’s positive effect on neighboring businesses. Also, consider that this is real estate news. The surge in population in Sheepshead Bay started in 22’ and probably peaked by 26'. Much of the building after that date was commercial. Streets filled with homes built in the 1890s became shopping avenues.

Tinseltoes on December 23, 2009 at 9:07 am

A recent view of the building can be seen about midway through this article about the area: View link

robboehm on April 28, 2011 at 12:39 pm

I thought this was a Loew’s theatre at some point before it finished life as a Century. I remember when Loew’s had to divest itself of theatre properties the Sheepshead, Tuxedo and Oceana in Brooklyn and the Prospect and the Plaza reverted to Century. My assumption was all had been Loew’s. In the case of the Prospect, it was built by Century and leased to Loew’s, It would appear from a reference above that this might have also been the case with the Sheepshead.

Tinseltoes on April 28, 2011 at 1:14 pm

“RVB,” the Sheepshead was never operated by Loew’s. You might have it confused with two other Brooklyn theatres, the Avalon and Manor (later Vogue), which were briefly operated by Loew’s before Loew’s made a “swap” deal with Century for the Prospect in Flushing, Queens.

robboehm on April 28, 2011 at 8:15 pm

Tinseltoes, I knew of the swap you mentioned. It just seemed more than coincidental that the Sheepshead came back into the Century circuit at the time some of the divested Loew’s did.

albangin on July 1, 2011 at 7:29 pm

The sheepshead was also the “Roller palace” in the late 70’s – 80"s, part of Brooklyn’s disco culture.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 19, 2013 at 8:48 pm

Thomas R. Short was the architect of the Sheepshead Theatre, according to an article in the February 1, 1930, issue of Motion Picture News.

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