Sheepshead Theatre

1722 Sheepshead Bay Road,
Brooklyn, NY 11235

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Auditorium of the Sheepshead Theatre, Brooklyn, New York in 1929

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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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Lisanne on February 12, 2008 at 11:07 am

The building as it looks today.

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jmanbeck on May 8, 2008 at 8:15 am

The Sheepshead Theater was built by A.H. Schwartz in the late 1920s, became a Century property and, on May 15, 1977, opened as Roll-A-Palace. Prior to the Sheepshead, the Shelton Theater at 1648 Sheepshead Bay Road, built in the 1920s, was a vaudeville house owned by a Mr. Brown. The name may have been changed to the Sommer Theater late in the decade.

Lisanne on May 9, 2008 at 11:49 am

The Sommer Theater sounds very familiar, but I am unable to find any information on it. I shall check my local history resources to see if anything shows up.

Lisanne on May 9, 2008 at 3:30 pm

According to Brian Merlis, et al, in “Brooklyn’s Gold Coast: the Sheepshead Bay Communities” the theater was known as the Shelton, was built in 1920, and possibly known at some period during the 20s as the Sommer.

Lisanne on July 1, 2008 at 10:19 pm

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

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.

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.

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.

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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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