RKO Shore Road Theatre

435 86th Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11209

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Previously operated by: Levine Theatrical Enterprses, RKO

Architects: Matthew W. Del Gaudio

Functions: Retail

Previous Names: Shore Road Theatre

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RKO Shore Road Theatre

Standing between 4th Avenue and 5th Avenue on 86th Street, the once grand Shore Road Theatre was originally opened by the Levine Brothers on March 15, 1924 with Lionel Barrymore in “The Unseeing Eye”. It was equipped with a 2 manual Marr & Colton organ. Last operated by RKO, it was closed in 1951 and has been used for retail for decades.

It once housed a disco and then the Wiz took over. But recently the electronics chain closed the store in a cost-cutting move, and it now sits waiting for a new retail use.

Contributed by philipgoldberg

Recent comments (view all 21 comments)

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on July 17, 2008 at 12:39 pm

On May 5, 1993, The Brooklyn Spectator published two pages of Bay Ridge movie palace memories written by Andrew Johnson and John Cocchi.

Here they are:
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mp775 on November 12, 2009 at 12:02 pm

The New York Times has an online feature comparing tax photos of twelve properties taken by the City in the 1930s and 1980s with photos taken today. The evolution of the RKO Shore Road is included

Scroll through.

TPH on November 13, 2009 at 6:49 am

With the massive expansion of the Century 21 department store over to 87th St., it is surprising that the store management did not take over this retail space.

TLSLOEWS on August 4, 2010 at 4:26 pm

Anyone know why this theatre is listed as a former Loews house?

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 4, 2010 at 5:26 pm

It was not a Loews Theatre in 1956.I know that much Tls.

Luis Vazquez
Luis Vazquez on December 15, 2010 at 8:34 am

The Shore theater was LANDMARKED yesterday by the city of New York! What great news for the city, for Brooklyn and especially, for Coney Island! I really think that a restored palace could actually do well is this fast rising entertainment center; especially of the concert variety. Hopefully, others will share that vision and make it happen.

DJM78 on January 9, 2012 at 10:32 am

mp775-Great link! My first time ever seeing a photo of the RKO Shore Road. I have to be honest. When I did the scroll through the 1980’s shot blew me away too. I almost forgot about the “Martin Paint” and “fayva” shoe store. When I was a young kid durning the 80’s I never realized that building was once a movie theater. I could always tell by looking at the building up the block (The RKO Dyker) that it once was a movie theater.

rivest266 on September 29, 2013 at 11:15 am

I notice that this theatre is now a Foot Locker, Also the Loew’s in Montreal.

robboehm on May 18, 2015 at 7:11 pm

Photo from Brooklyn Pics uploaded

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