Leader Theater

947 Coney Island Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY

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Leader Theatre

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This neighborhood theater on Coney Island Avenue was once owned by the owner of the Kent (still operating as a triplex) a few blocks away. It closed in the early 1960s and became Leader Lanes.

Later it became a disco, before the entire building was gutted and subdivided into stores and office space.

Contributed by philipgoldberg

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kencmcintyre on January 27, 2007 at 4:59 pm

Here is an anti-trust suit involving the Leader in 1945:

RobertR on February 19, 2007 at 9:19 pm

In 1959 the Leader revived the 1927 Al Jolson hit “The Jazz Singer"
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Vivian on September 30, 2007 at 5:36 am

The photograph to which a link is posted above by Lost Memory was taken from the corner of Newkirk and Coney Island Avenue, just in front of the schoolyard of P. S. 217, which I attended from 1944 to 1952. I spent many hours in the Leader. There’s a bit of a reminiscence at View link

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 18, 2007 at 3:44 am

A Wurlitzer theater organ opus 1436 style H PL was installed in the Leader Theater on 8/28/1926.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 28, 2008 at 3:55 pm

The date given for this ad is September 1950.

kencmcintyre on November 27, 2008 at 2:58 am

This is the photo that was posted on 9/8/04. as that link has expired.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 27, 2008 at 3:02 am

The link is not expired. You have to search for the photo. Not a good idea to take photos from that site.

PHILTK on February 25, 2011 at 2:21 pm

I used to bowl there back in the 70s and played bingo at the casa del rey. The marque was still attached to the building so i figured it was once a movie theatre. The 2nd floor was a bar . also there was a great chinese restaurant THE NEW TOY SUN located between the 2 places.

PercyCleebow CODENAME: STRIKER on October 1, 2011 at 9:42 am

Me and my friends walked along Cony Island Ave from newkirk and ocean ave to Ditmas J.H.S in the area, the area was a divided line of many neighborhoods (tention) and has a great beagle shop in the area (COPS), I know in the bowling lanes were new when we dented them and there was a big video store in that lot in the late 1980’s. But the Kent was established as the Marquee theater so why go there, thats why they closed and remaind closed…

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