Nostrand Theatre

2817 Nostrand Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11234

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hondo on April 9, 2017 at 7:41 pm

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

ShortEnds on April 9, 2017 at 7:14 pm

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.

Willburg145 on May 7, 2013 at 3:26 am

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.

Decoman36 on October 1, 2012 at 7:27 am

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

Decoman36 on October 1, 2012 at 7:04 am

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! –>

Ed Miller
Ed Miller on July 6, 2011 at 11:20 am

RobertR, WHAT inside pictures?

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 19, 2011 at 9:33 pm

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

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 19, 2011 at 9:32 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..

Decoman36 on April 13, 2011 at 12:24 am

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 13, 2011 at 12:09 am

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

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 12, 2011 at 1:03 am

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

Astyanax on April 10, 2011 at 10:53 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.

Decoman36 on April 10, 2011 at 7:32 pm

An interesting note I just remembered about this theater. Several years after it closed a local synagogue was damaged by fire, and the owners of the theater let the congregation use the now closed theater for a while for their services. I remember all the local news stations had crews down there filming the good deed.

Decoman36 on April 10, 2011 at 7:14 pm

From what I can remember this theater was way smaller than most in Brooklyn. It possibly could have been twined, but it would have been pretty small. No way Quad. The Brook, kings, Canarsie and Walker theaters were way larger. However, it’s only from memory and it’s been close to 30 since I’ve been in there!

RobertR on April 10, 2011 at 4:32 pm

The inside pictures look that this could almost have been easily quaded. Century’s did announce the Brook was going to re-open as a quad but it never happened.

Decoman36 on April 10, 2011 at 7:24 am

Surprised that more people aren’t talking about this theater. I believe it closed around 1983. The building sat empty for years, then it became a furniture store, and now it’s a gym. This theater was always crowded back in the 70’s with long lines waiting to get in all the way down Nostrand Ave. Some of the movies I can remember seeing there were “The Goodbye Girl”, “Heaven Can Wait” “Used Cars”, and a bunch of “G” movies, like “Mary Poppins”, and “Lady and the Tramp”. This theater most definitely had that “old movie theater smell”. I can close my eyes and still remember it. I guess it was a stale air mix of popcorn and smoke back then, lol! This was also one of the last theaters I can remember in brooklyn with a working curtain, that would open and close with each film. The original marquee in that 1976 photo was replaced by a new modern one around 1979-80. It most likely closed because it wasn’t large enough to turn into a twin, and the parking situation was always pretty bad. Anybody have pictures of the inside of the gym? Would love to see what it looks like in there now.

GaryCohen on March 6, 2011 at 11:53 pm

The Nostrand was a big old theater on Nostrand Avenue in Brooklyn. (I was married about 2 or 3 blocks away from the Nostrand.) It was large and had a balcony. My two most distinct memories of the Nostrand was when when my father’s car, which I was driving, was hit from behind during a snowstorm on my way to see Saturday Night Fever. I sat there the entire film wondering what I was going to tell my father. My second memory was going there with my wife and mother and father to see the original Halloween. The theater manager stopped us before we went in and advised that he had no ushers on duty and the crowd was rowdy. He said he would give us our money back before we entered the theater, but not after. We decided to go in anyway. It wasn’t too bad. Memories of another Brooklyn theater long gone.

shi725 on February 2, 2011 at 4:37 am

I remember a strand theater being on fulton street near franklin ave in bedstuy. Do anyone remember?

shi725 on February 2, 2011 at 4:36 am

I rememember a strand theater being on fulton street near franklin ave in bedstuy. Do anyone remember?

jflundy on June 11, 2009 at 1:10 am

Further research revealed that Warren G. Harris listed this theater some years ago as the Normandy Theater.


Apparantly, it was renamed from Normandy to Nostrand and then, in 1933, to Howard Theater.

jflundy on June 11, 2009 at 1:00 am

There was another Nostrand Theater in Brooklyn listed in a 1932 Street Directory. The address was 1927 Fulton Street . It is now a Baptist Church. Current photo gives some hint it could have been a theater.

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jflundy on September 9, 2008 at 9:48 pm

There was another Nostrand Theater in Brooklyn. It operated up to at least the summer of 1938. It was at 27 Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn 6, New York, between Flushing Avenue, where Nostrand Avenue began, and Park Avenue to the south.

kencmcintyre on May 8, 2008 at 3:14 am

Very good, thanks.

jflundy on May 8, 2008 at 2:46 am

At one time, until the mid 1930’s, its location was not far from the strand. At that time a major land fill operation was undertaken filling in an arm of Jamaica Bay and creating Marine Park. The theater, when built, was named for Nostrand Avenue which crossed King’s Highway near the site. This was Dutch territory before the Brits stole it and Van Nostrand was an old name in the new Kings County.

kencmcintyre on May 8, 2008 at 2:10 am

Why the name? Any ideas? Too far from the beach?