Astor Theatre

927 Flatbush Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11226

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Astor Theatre

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This very small Flatbush Avenue cinema stood within blocks of the Albermarle Theatre, the Kings Theatre, the Kenmore Theatre and the Rialto Theatre. It was opened as the Trans-Lux Theatre in 1933. It became an art house, at one time operated by the Cinema 5 chain and Cinema Circuit Corp.

It closed in 1977, never reopened, and was gutted and retro-fitted for retail space.

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irajoel on November 27, 2004 at 1:25 pm

I saw a lot of foreign and “art” films there in the early sixties that were thought of as very “adult”. Saw Tom Jones there, phaedra with Mercouri, Sundays And Cybelle, The Sporting Life, and a few others. Really can’t recall anything about the theatre itself. Guess it was rather ordinary.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 29, 2004 at 9:29 am

Headers for the Astor Theatre need changing;
aka: Trans-Lux Theatre
Screens: 1
Architect: Thomas W. Lamb

The Trans-Lux opened in 1933 and it closed as the Astor in 1977.

ERD on December 5, 2005 at 10:33 am

I often used to go with my Dad when I was very young to the Astor. I remember seeing a British film about a boy piano prodogy who is kidnapped. I am not positive of the title

linhelen on December 25, 2006 at 5:05 pm

I adored this place. Saw some of the best American and foreign films there as a child. Remember it well. We used to take two buses from Crown Heights to get there, the only place in the area where films like “La Strada” and “Member of the Wedding” were shown.

doestricher on July 10, 2007 at 1:29 pm

As a teenager in the 1970s, I can tell you that Astor was “the place” to see Kung Fu movies along Flatbush Avenue. It also had a few foreign films. If I remember right, the Kenmore and the Lowes Kings got all the big budget, first run movies and the others on Flatbush had to differentiate themselves. The Albemarle was the place to go to see sci-fi, horror and thrillers (it had “Star Wars” all to itself the summer of ‘77). The Rialto focused on comedies, especially teen movies like “Kentucky Fried Movie.”

linhelen on December 5, 2007 at 8:04 am

Wonderful photo. Thanks!

TPH on March 2, 2010 at 2:51 pm

Terrific photos (except for the demolition one of course). Hard to imagine that outside of Manhattan, outer boroughs such as the Bronx & Brooklyn once supported art cinema and foreign films.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 6, 2014 at 2:31 pm

Three photos of the Trans-Lux Theatre illustrate this article in the June 1, 1935, issue of Motion Picture Herald.

jinchelsea on October 4, 2015 at 8:42 am

This was right down the block from Erasmus Hall High School, and played all the foreign (read “adult”) movies of the day when I was a teenager in the 1960s. There was also a kosher pizza place nearby, the first time I ate falafel, as I recall. A small theatre, nothing like the other movie palaces in the area, but charming, and remembered fondly.

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