Nostrand Theatre

2817 Nostrand Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11234

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The Nostrand in November, 2012

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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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Astyanax on April 10, 2011 at 2:53 pm

Although a convenient neighborhood screen, this venue, due to location, did not have the transportation access or pedestrian traffic that generated large crowds. Quadding would not have helped. Occasionally a film like ET would do boffo business, but I suspect that was rare. The film palaces at the western end of Kings Highway had a critical mass of several theatres, in the middle of a major shopping district, served by a major express subway stop and numerous bus routes. Not so the Nostrand which was in a strictly residential area. No doubt the Waldbaums supermarket diagonally across KH had more weekly patrons than the Nostrand. Once the Loews Georgetown Twin and Centur’s Kings Plaza Twin opened, with suburban style parking and other amenities, the days of the Nostrand were numbered.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 11, 2011 at 5:03 pm

M.C. loved the “old Theatre smell” quote.Funny you don’t smell it much in these 20 plexes.Maybe the otta can it and spray it for us old theatre

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 12, 2011 at 4:09 pm

Moviemanforever,I love it.great story on “that smell” must have been Nationwide.

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.

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