Nostrand Theatre

2817 Nostrand Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11234

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Nostrand Theatre - Nostrand Avenue

The Nostrand Theatre was a first-run neighborhood house and was run by the Century Theaters chain of Floral Park, NY. It had a small balcony. It opened on December 26, 1938 with Deanna Durbin in “That Certain Age” and Anne Shirley in “A Man to Remember”.

The theatre closed in 1984 and reopened as a furniture store, before finding its recent function as an Empire Gym.

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Decoman36 on April 12, 2011 at 4:24 pm

Here I thought I was the only one who recognized that distinct smell! You might have something there Mike! Hey, the guys who make the “New Car Smell” air freshner, should work on a formula for the “Old Movie Theater Smell”! We can use it to spray in the new Multiplexes, which most I’ve noticed smell just like a dirty toilet!

The Nostand theater had that great old smell for sure! I wonder if it managed to hold up over the years as a gym. I’ll have to stop in there one day, if I can find parking, lol, and give a look and a sniff!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 19, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Most old theatre dawgs know that smell.The Imperial in Augusta had it and the CAROLINA in Hendersonville,N.C. had it for Sure. Great idea,M.C..

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 19, 2011 at 1:33 pm

They do alot of Polls on CT How about “That Smell'.LOL.

Ed Miller
Ed Miller on July 6, 2011 at 3:20 am

RobertR, WHAT inside pictures?

Decoman36 on September 30, 2012 at 11:04 pm

Here is a link to a Youtube video of the inside of the Nostrand Theater as it appears today in 2012. It’s currently a Harbor Fitness Gym. Some of the original theater architecture is still there. Check it out! –>

Decoman36 on September 30, 2012 at 11:27 pm

Here is another link, to the gym’s main website with photos. They really did a nice job fixing up this place.

Willburg145 on May 6, 2013 at 7:26 pm

What a shame there aren’t more vintage pictures of the interior of old movie theatre. My wish list: The Commodore,Williamsburgh,The Marcy, The Rainbow.

ShortEnds on April 9, 2017 at 11:14 am

Due to it’s proximity to Marine Park, The Nostrand proved to be the go to theater for many of the denizens of the area, including the Sgandurra family of Burnett Street, indeed with four children it was almost a certainty that Saturday mornings would find some of them joyfully ensconced within the confines of those well cushioned 980 seats.

hondo on April 9, 2017 at 11:41 am

Agreed! The old theater smell is unique and unmistakable. I miss it.

Guodone on September 25, 2020 at 4:43 am

I remember seeing 101 Dalmatians and Mary Poppins here. We had to stand in line for Mary Poppins for about an hour. My sister, mother and a friend saw West Side Story here. I don’t remember a lot about the inside of the theater. I was in grade school back then and didn’t pay much attention to that type of thing, I just wanted to see the movie. The one thing I remember the most about my early movie going years was the smell of the popcorn. (sometimes mixed with the faint smell of cigarette smoke)

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