Mayfair Theatre

920 Avenue U,
Brooklyn, NY 11223

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 4, 2014 at 6:58 pm

The Mayfair Theatre opened on October 11, 1926.

Published in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle on Wednesday, October 13, 1926.

Brooklyn’s newest playhouse, the Mayfair. another one of the theaters in the growing Schwartz Circuit, located at Coney Island Avenue and Avenue U, celebrated a gala opening Monday night. So great was the crowd clamoring for admission that it was necessary to stop the sale of tickets one hour before the performance started.

The house is under the direction of Max Cooper, who was formerly connected with the Rialto in Manhattan. The Mayfair will run two performances daily and continuous on Sunday. The feature picture, Buster Keaton in “Battling Butler”, the latest picture of this star was shown. Five vaudeville acts were also included. There will be a complete change of program every Monday and Thursday.

jay2300 on March 10, 2009 at 4:19 am

My 86 year old grandmother just told me the story of her first date here with my grandfather in 1938. I would love to get a photo of the place for my personal family tree book. Does anyone know how to obtain one?

dizdi on March 1, 2009 at 12:40 pm

I remember this theater being demolished. As a child, I was struck by the gaping hole into the enormous cavern of the theater. Even at a young age, I felt there was something very wrong with this being done. Little did I know… the beginning of the end for Brooklyn theaters.

MikeRadio on July 15, 2008 at 6:51 am

Not close.. This wa sin Gravesend not Bensonhurst…

Bloop on June 19, 2007 at 9:09 pm

No pictures of it? How close to 86th street was this theater?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 8, 2005 at 10:32 pm

According to NYC records, the architect for the Mayfair Theater was R. Thomas Short.

frankcan on September 12, 2005 at 7:42 pm

As far as I know I was in this theater only once. My older sister and her boyfriend took me to see The Sting there back in ‘74. I remember it was a pretty big theater. I’m planning to return the favor by giving them the new DVD edition of the movie for Christmas this year.

Thank you for sharing your experiences with us MichaelAnthony. That image of the tickets soaring in the air while the bulldozers did their work would be a great image for a movie in itself! It certainly does seem like a sad memory.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 5, 2005 at 6:25 pm

In 1926, an Austin organ was installed in the Mayfair Theater in Brooklyn. On the organ list, the theater is listed as the Mayfair aka Horneck Theater at the time that the organ was installed. Does anyone know if the Mayfair was also called the Horneck Theater?

berkfam on November 30, 2004 at 6:00 am

I saw my first movie there back in 1966. It was “Born Free” and I was 4 years old.

MichaelAnthony on November 29, 2004 at 1:56 am

I grew up just a few blocks from the Mayfair. When Batman and Robin’s t.v. series was a big thing in the sixties, the Batman movie was shown at the Mayfair. Batman and Robin rolled up to the theatre in the Batmobile, leaped out and greeted their fans.
After signing some autographs, they ran into the theatre and jumped onto the stage and began answering questions from the kids in the seats. Many years later, about a week before the Mayfair close, I saw the Beatles,“Magical Mystery Tour”. A week later, it was very sad, I was walking by and it was being bulldozed while old tickets from the past, began to soar into the air…

philipgoldberg on May 3, 2004 at 1:25 am

True. Century never programmed this theater properly. It never booked movies to fill its size. no surprise that during the Century Theater purge of the early ‘70s, it was one of the first to go.

MikeRadio on December 5, 2003 at 2:18 am

I saw EARTHQUAKE at this theatre. It was in SENSURROUND which had to do with some low frequency sound which sounded like it was coming from the top of the theatre. MIDWAY and ROLLERCOASTER were two other movies to use this fad effect (which would be impossible now with multiplexes).

The Mayfair was odd because it’s entrance faced Avenue U instead of the busier Coney Island Avenue. However, the Kingsway a few blocks away also faced Kings Highway and not Coney Island Avenue.

Possibly Coney Island Avenue was not a busy thoroughfare back in the early 1900s?

The Mayfair was anice theatre..b ut it was always second fiddle to the Kingsway.

William on November 15, 2003 at 6:45 pm

The Mayfair Theatre was located at 920 Avenue U and it seated 1799 people.