Idle Hour Theatre

308 St. Nicholas Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11237

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The Brooklyn Theatre Index (published in 2010) notes that the Idle Hour Theatre briefly existed at this location from 1914 to 1915. This is the only information contained in that book or, as far as I am aware, anywhere else.

The theater’s name evokes a very different and long gone era. Cinema Treasure actually contains the name of 26 Idle Hour’s, including one that was situated in Long Island City. All of them opened near the beginning of the last century.

While currently situated in Brooklyn, along the Queens border, the Idle Hour Theatre was actually situated in Queens during its brief existence. The current border was only created in 1925. This represents the obverse of the Parthenon Theatre’s situation, which began its life in Brooklyn and then "emigrated" into Queens.

Contributed by John Dereszewski

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Bway
Bway on January 1, 2011 at 3:06 am

The building must have been torn down, as I looked in google street view, and the current building doesn’t look to date to 1914

johndereszewski
johndereszewski on January 1, 2011 at 5:48 am

I think you are probably right Bway. I will try to visit this site on my next free day just to get a sense of where this old theater was situated.

PeterKoch
PeterKoch on January 3, 2011 at 6:33 am

Thanks, John D.

What’s the cross street ?

johndereszewski
johndereszewski on January 3, 2011 at 3:29 pm

I think the cross streets were Linden and Gates – on the south and – now Brooklyn – side. I am sure that nothing cinematic has existed here for many decades, certainly not since this site joined the County of Kings!

johndereszewski
johndereszewski on January 8, 2011 at 11:38 am

I made a quick site visit earlier today – very quick one since I had to run to the B52 bus to make my next stop. In a nutshell, 208 St. Nicholas is now occupied by a brick building that is very similar to the houses constructed in the late teens and early nineteen-twenties. Thus, this is the buiilding that clearly replaced the Idle Hour Theatre after its demolition.

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