Leader Theatre

947 Coney Island Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11230

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PercyCleebow CODENAME: STRIKER on October 1, 2011 at 1:42 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…

PHILTK on February 25, 2011 at 6:21 am

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.

kencmcintyre on November 26, 2008 at 6:58 pm

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

Vivian on September 29, 2007 at 9:36 pm

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

RobertR on February 19, 2007 at 1:19 pm

In 1959 the Leader revived the 1927 Al Jolson hit “The Jazz Singer"
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kencmcintyre on January 27, 2007 at 8:59 am

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

Astyanax on August 15, 2006 at 3:27 am

In the 1930 Daily Eagle listing for Fox theatres, posted by Warren on the Alba site, the Leader appears as a Fox house. Did Wm. Fox buy out Birkshire Theatre Corp.?

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 27, 2006 at 1:45 am

Here are two photographs of the Leader Theatre I took in June 2006. Note the new construction which is being built ‘over’ the existing building:

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on June 13, 2006 at 12:33 pm

The Leader Theatre is currently split into 3 units. At the entrance foyer and rear orchestra end is a pharmacy and retail store. The central section is currently available to rent and the front orchestra section is a large Jewish restaurant.

Currently (June 2006) the auditorium is being ‘built over’, with a new (at least 3 storey) construction being erected above the auditorium. Supporting steelwork is currently in place.

The Casa Del Rey building on the corner is available to lease or for site redevelopment.

berkfam on November 29, 2004 at 9:50 pm

The Casa Del Ray is a Bingo hall as far as I know.

EMarkisch on September 8, 2004 at 10:42 am

The photo of the Leader Theater is not from 1946, but from around April/May of 1947. The marquee reads Jimmy Durante “IT HAPPENED IN BROOKLYN” and the co-feature is “UNDERCOVER MAISIE”. Both were 1947 MGM releases with UNDERCOVER MAISIE being released on March 1st of that year.

William on November 15, 2003 at 9:59 am

The Leader Theatre was located at 947 Coney Island Ave. and it seated 1631 people.