Avenue U Theater
1602 Avenue U,
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The Avenue U Theater was a small neighborhood house which was operating by Rugoff & Becker by 1943. They were still the operators in 1950. In the late 1950’s it was best known for it large CinemaScope screen. At one time it was run by the Cinema 5 chain and was sub-run.
It was a first run house, and then it became a dollar theater. In its twilight days, it had a twin theater policy of seperate admissions for different movies, all shown in the same theater.
When UA opened the Sheepshead megaplex, the owner resorted to XXX, but the community balked and the theater closed for good.
It was gutted, the floor leveled and prepared for retail use. Yet the store was never been rented and after sitting vacant for over a decade it was converted into a bank and retail use.
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