Globe Theatre

226 15th Street,
Park Slope,
Brooklyn, NY 11215

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Globe Theater

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This Park Slope theater was a sub-run neighborhood house. What makes it noteworthy is that the author Pete Hamill mentions it in his autobiography, A Drinking Life, and fictionalizes it in his novel ‘Snow in August’.

The Globe Theatre was opened by 1913. It was run into the ground before it closed in 1957. For a while it served as a warehouse. Then it was gutted and was supposed to become a medical center. This never happened, and seemed to be used as a residence for several years before it was finally demolished in December 2007.

Contributed by philipgoldberg

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on June 27, 2006 at 3:51 pm

The building was pre-existing in 1902 as records show alterations were done to it in that year. The Globe Theatre was open by 1913 according to newspaper advertisements in that year and a seating capacity was given as 906. It is listed in the American Motion Picture Directory 1914-1915. Architect Edward Kleinert was responsible for alterations to the building in 1926.

It was operated by the Sander’s family during the 1930’s and into the 1940’s. For some time later it was operated by the Brandt Circuit and closed as a movie theatre in the mid-1950’s. It became a public market in 1958, then was in use as a factory in 1988.

The plans to convert into a Beth Israel Medical Center were proposed in early 1996 and these plans describe the removal of the decorative ceiling amongst other alterations. It must have been at this time that the auditorium was stripped out. As stated above, the buiding never became a medical center!

frankie on August 24, 2006 at 10:24 am

KenRoe: I have a photo of the Globe taken on its last day of business. Don’t have a computer, but would like to mail you a copy if you like, so you can put it in here. Where can I mail it to you ?

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 24, 2006 at 11:33 am

frankie, thanks for the offer. E-mail me for details (details on my profile). btw…I am in the UK!

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 15, 2006 at 5:16 am

Thanks to frankie for this image….. a photograph of the Globe Theatre taken on the last day of business (possibly 1955 or 1956) with a 1941 Jane Wyman attraction and a 1955 feature movie:

frankie on October 16, 2006 at 6:12 am

Oh, Ken ! It looks fabulous ! A million thanks ! Hope lots of folk from the old neighborhood get to see it ! This also could have been the ‘60’s; I’m not sure.

mikemorano on October 16, 2006 at 10:19 am

Very cool photo fella’s. The red automobile appears to be a 1957 Plymouth.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 7, 2008 at 4:43 pm

The former Globe Theatre was demolished in December 2007.

frankie on February 11, 2008 at 11:09 am

Yes it was. I just passed by and saw the scaffolding. Behind it is a level dirt field. Good-bye Globe —-Hello Condos ???

paulnelson on July 31, 2013 at 4:38 pm

Classic marquee and cool selection of films. Christine the Plymouth Fury parked in front. Maybe the next film. LOL.

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