2007-2009 86th Street,
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Opened as the Benson Theatre on March 1, 1922 with Wesley Barry in “School Days” & Gus Edwards in “School Day Revue”. It was a 1,500 seat theatre, located in the shadows of the elevated subway in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn at 86th Street and 20th Avenue. Designed by architects George Keister & Libman. It was equipped with a Wurlitzer 2 manual, 6 ranks organ. It was run as a dollar theatre by the Golden Theatre chain before it was twinned by splitting it down the middle and renamed Benson Twins with seating for 588 and 400.
Subsequently, it became a first run house. In the final days, it was closed more than it was open, and was closed in 1988 for its current use as a drugstore. By 2015 part of the building had been converted into a gymnasium.
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