Elm Theater

1617 Avenue M,
Brooklyn, NY 11230

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Elm Theatre

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Opened in January 1937, the Elm Theater was a small theater that was situated on Avenue M and Elm Street, for which it was named. In the 1960’s, it was showing foreign films, but by the 1970’s it was showing more adult themed fare. Nothing seemed to work in the small neighborhood house with a small balcony, and it was the first Century house to close in 1973. A bank branch is now housed in the shape of the gutted theater.

Another sidebar of this theater is that it stood blocks way from both Brooklyn’s former NBC studio, and the studio and lot of Vitagraph Pictures. Both are still standing with the latter now serving as a Yeshiva.

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Orlando
Orlando on May 9, 2004 at 8:24 pm

Sorry, the East 16th side was where the screen wall was located. The marquee was refaced, but originally had a curve to it.

RobertR
RobertR on June 15, 2005 at 6:49 pm

In 1959 this was a Randforce house.

frankie
frankie on July 28, 2005 at 8:06 am

I have a charming memory of the Elm. When I got out of the army in ‘68, I reunited with a grade school friend of mine, and we went to this cozy little jewel of an art theater to see “Juliet of the Spirits” which we both enjoyed. Right in Brooklyn ! Imagine ! frankie from Brooklyn

Laurence11
Laurence11 on October 4, 2005 at 12:19 pm

I saw my first movie – “Rebecca” – at the Elm when I was about 4 or 5. It had an upstairs lounge furnished in art-deco (purple sofas, oval mirrors, bronze lighting fixtures). During the years I attented PS 199, I spent many Saturday afternoons there watching two full feature films, the news of the week, several cartoons and a couple of trailers (about 4 ½ hours of viewing), all for the price of a quarter. I have a distinct memory of kissing my first girlfriend – in the childrens' section!

Lisanne
Lisanne on February 12, 2008 at 3:02 pm

I took two photos of the Elm last May.

The Lobby entrance, which doesn’t look all that different than it did when last used as a theater.

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And the marque

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HBH
HBH on July 15, 2008 at 12:31 pm

“The Producers”, “City Lights”, and “A Man For All Seasons”.
And Bonaparte’s restaurant.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 16, 2008 at 3:01 pm

From Boxoffice magazine, January 1938:

New York-Changes effected in managerial personnel of the Century Circuit follow:

Herman Pitt has been transferred from the Rialto to the Elm, Brooklyn. Arthur Novak changes places with Pitt. Moe Weiss has gone from the Strand, Rockville Center, L.I., to the Franklin, Franklin Square, L.I.

Howard Weiss, formerly assistant manager of the Fantasy, Rockville Center, has been put in charge of the Plaza, Freeport, L.I. Jack Keith is now managing the Sunnyside, Sunnyside, L.I. Ben Mindlin has gone from assistant at the Valley Stream, Valley Stream, L.I. to manager of the Bellrose, Bellrose, L.I.

rivest266
rivest266 on September 28, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Small grand opening uploaded in the photo section for this cinema.

Orlando
Orlando on May 10, 2014 at 11:54 am

This theatre closed in 1972 and was a foreign film house that usually played with the Astor Theatre on Flatbush Avenue. It did not play “XXX” films but the usual current “X” films that today would pass for PG-13, LOL, OK maybe “R”. Films like “Performance”, “The Devils” and the like were rated “X” more for morals than nudity. Others like “Inga”, “Coming Apart”, the Russ Meyer films, “Carmen Baby”, “I, A Woman” were big hits and 80% of theatres played them though it didn’t make the theatres playing them “XXX” theatres. A “XXX” theatre only showed those type of movies like the Brooklyn Cinart and a few others in the early 1970’s. The porno craze started with “Deep Throat” and “The Devil In Miss Jones” in 1973 by which time the Elm was closed.

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