3171 Whitney Avenue,
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The Graham Theater was a one-level neighborhood house that was unique in that its projector booth was at the back of the inner lobby and had a nearly thousand-foot throw to the screen. The image was usually diffused by the light of the lobby and its candy stand. There was little separation between the theater and the lobby so you could see everything that went on outside.
The theater was a last-run house which screened double features, with shows changing twice a week.
The theater closed in the late-1960’s, was sold and renovated to become one of the first dollar theaters in Brooklyn. It became an instant success, and eventually raised its prices and showed some first-run fare like "The Exorcist".
A fire forced its closing in the early-1980’s, and the building laid dormant for years, until a developer bought it, razed it and built condominiums on the site. Oddly, the condo development has the exact same shape of the old theater and bears the Graham name.
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