St. George Playhouse

100 Pineapple Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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St.George Playhouse, Brooklyn, NY in 1927

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This elegant theater once stood on Pineapple Street in the posh Brooklyn neighborhood of Brooklyn Heights. It was one of the first theatres to be designed and decorated in an Art Deco style and opened on December 25, 1927, with the French movie “Tillers of the Soil”. It had a box on the left of the proscenium, which in the early days held musicians.

It was closed in 1965, and torn down decades ago to make way for a high-rise apartment development.

Contributed by philipgoldberg

Recent comments (view all 13 comments)

Harold Warshavsky
Harold Warshavsky on September 20, 2005 at 4:40 pm

I believe this theatre sometime in the mid 60’s went by the name of Pineapple St. Cinema. This is totally based on my memories.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on June 27, 2007 at 6:23 am

The St. George Playhouse first opened on December 25th (Christmas Day), 1927, with newspaper advertising as “Brooklyn’s Most Distinctive Motion Picture Theatre.” Management was the same as the “arty” 5th Avenue Playhouse in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. The St. George’s opening film was “Tillers of the Soil,” described as “French Drama—First Brooklyn Showing.” Bookings would change every three days, with “Cyrano De Bergerac” and “Sentimental Tommy” coming up next. Weekday prices were 30 cents at matinees and 50 cents in the evenings. On Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, the prices were 50 cents at matinees and 75 cents in the evenings. The theatre expected to draw some of its patronage from guests of the St. George Hotel, which was just around the corner.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 14, 2007 at 8:14 am

It’s unfortunate that this theatre does not turn up in the CT credits for Benjamin Schlanger, who was one of the most important and influential cinema architects. I don’t understand the categories “architect” and “firm.” When I first saw it, I thought “firm” meant the company that actually carried out the construction of the building. I don’t see why the “firm” option couldn’t be eliminated. “Architect” does not necessarily mean one person. Certainly “Rapp & Rapp,” for example, could be listed under “architect” without confusing anyone.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on February 22, 2009 at 6:46 am

By popular demand, here’s a new link to images of the auditorium: View link

Astyanax on July 30, 2010 at 11:33 am

The photo shows what a jewel box the Playhouse was. As much as I’ve enjoyed the Brooklyn Heights twin across the street, it has all the charm of a auto mechanic’s garage.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 27, 2011 at 5:36 pm

Plans for the St. George Playhouse were announced in the March 27, 1927, issue of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. The project was budgeted at $175,000. The location was given as the south side of Pineapple Street, 38 feet west of Fulton Street. Fulton Street is now Cadman Plaza West.

Incidentally, why doesn’t Brooklyn Heights get a neighborhood section in Cinema Treasures' listings, the way other districts of Brooklyn do? I had to click through ten pages of maps and take several side trips before I found this theater.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on December 28, 2011 at 6:02 am

The photo that Warren posted may not offer a definitive view, but it does not appear that there were any boxes off the balcony, as described in the introductory comments.

johndereszewski on December 30, 2011 at 5:49 am

The Brooklyn Theatre Index provides a closing date of 1965. This surprised me, since I thought this whole area had been demolished to make way for a huge urban renewal project by the late 1950’s. But I guess this area survived for a few years longer …… In fact, in 1962, the theater was “newly christened” as a foreign film and revival house, with its capacity reduced from 992 to 600. So, efforts were made nearly to the end to keep the place going – until urban renewal rudely intervened.

Willburg145 on March 6, 2013 at 10:38 pm

I would love to see the interior of these: Williamsburgh Theatre, Commodore, Marcy, and Ridgewood. Any idea if al the interiors of a new theatre were photographed?

Tinseltoes on March 7, 2013 at 7:32 am

I would guess that the interiors of most new theatres were photographed, by the architect, builder, owner, or management. But whether those photos ever got published is another matter. Trade journals were the most likely to publish them, but due to space limitations, only a very small percentage of the thousands of theatres built in the 1920s and 1930s received coverage. The interior photos that never got published anywhere probably ended up in the trash.

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