RKO Shore Road Theatre

435 86th Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11209

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RKO Shore Road Theatre

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Standing between 4th and 5th Avenues on 86th Street, the once grand RKO Shore Road Theatre was originally opened in 1924 as the Shore Road Theatre with 1,556 seats. It has been used for retail for decades. The theater itself closed in 1951.

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

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BoxOfficeBill
BoxOfficeBill on August 3, 2005 at 11:49 pm

lostmemory—

Thanks for catching my fudge of the dimensions. After taking into account the lobby space at the entrance and the space for the narrow stage apron before the screen, the auditorium’s interior was still wider than long, and that’s the anomaly that sticks in my mind’s eye. And with the relatively small screens of the 1940s-50s, the viewing area at the RKO SR couldn’t have been more than 12x15 (or unlikely 15x18) maximum.

This means, with a proscenium frontage of 86 feet, no more than 15 (or generously 18) feet were given to the screen’s width. Hence, my memory of an elongated, top-shortened proscenium and burgundy traveler curtain, with side-auditorium seats angled uncomfortably toward the center.

But above all, lostmemory, thanks for every wonderful shred of detail that you’ve contributed to this site over the past months.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 9, 2006 at 6:00 pm

A photograph I took of the RKO Shore Road Theatre in June 2006:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kencta/211174721/

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on July 17, 2008 at 8:39 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
mp775 on November 12, 2009 at 8:02 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
TPH on November 13, 2009 at 2:49 pm

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
TLSLOEWS on August 5, 2010 at 12:26 am

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

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 5, 2010 at 1:26 am

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

LuisV
LuisV on December 15, 2010 at 4:34 pm

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
DJM78 on January 9, 2012 at 6:32 pm

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
rivest266 on September 29, 2013 at 7:15 pm

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

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