National Theater

720 Washington Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11238

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National Theatre

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The National Theater stood on Washington Avenue in the Prospect Heights section of Brooklyn. It now houses a supermarket on the ground floor and a day care center upstairs.

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William
William on November 15, 2003 at 7:21 pm

The Loew’s National Theatre seated 2257 people.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 6, 2006 at 6:44 pm

The National Theater opened on 14th October 1921 and closed in 1957. The seating capacity given in Film Daily Yearbook’s; 1926 and 1927 edition’s is 1,300. In the 1930 and 1941 edition’s of F.D.Y. seating is given as 1,262. I can’t find the operator in the 1940 edition of F.D.Y. (certainly not Loew’s – was it ever?) but in 1943 it is listed as being operated by Brandt Theaters, same in 1950.

Here is a photograph of the exterior I took in May 2006:
http://flickr.com/photos/kencta/183558877/

ataplow
ataplow on August 6, 2006 at 12:52 am

I went to the National Theater every Saturday during the early 1940’s. At that time, the first 50 kids got a free comic book, and the admission was 10 cents (that meant you had to find and cash in 5 empty coke bottles during the week in order to have the money).

We learned about the true meaning of inflation, when early in the war the admission went up to 11 cents.

Kids were relegated to the left hand side of the theater, ruled by a brick-house shaped ‘matron’. The matron was the boss, and usually herded the kids together as they came in, so that starting with the seats in the front row, every seat was filled – no one had a choice where to sit, you sat where she told you. If a kid left early, everyone else had to move over to fill the spot, so we were solid kids. Guess the flashlight wielding ‘matron’ felt she was in control and no-one was running loose.

There was no air conditioning – there were two huge pedestal fans up front, which kept the air moving but also made it impossible to hear anything unless you were toward the back. We didn’t really come to hear anyway -more to poke each other and play.

Alan Taplow

jflundy
jflundy on December 20, 2007 at 3:53 pm

There was a theater across the street on the corner to the south of the National on Washington Avenue. I can’t remember the name. It was small, maybe seated 600, on one level. Closed about 1953. Can anyone give a name to it ?

jflundy
jflundy on December 20, 2007 at 4:11 pm

The following info came from: View link

Wurlitzer Organ Company
North Tonawanda, NY â€" Opus 444 (1921)
Electro-pneumatic action
Style 160 (piano console)
2 manuals, 6 ranks, 4 tuned percussion, 17 traps
This organ was shipped on August 12, 1921. It was moved to St. Augustine’s Church in Ossining, NY on February 28, 1934 and was later discarded.

jflundy
jflundy on December 20, 2007 at 9:53 pm

Thanks for the input Lost Memory, but the Bell is too far south, around 800 Washington Avenue. The theater I am thinking of was around 750 Washington at Park Pl.

nonsportsnut
nonsportsnut on October 6, 2009 at 5:04 pm

I’m a Three Stooges Fan Club member, trying to confirm a personal appearance by the “3” Stooges (Moe Larry and Shemp), on a bill with Wee Bonnie Baker, the Barretts and Don Hooton, after an appearance by the A.B. Marcus Revue. The movie “Queen of Burlesque” was also shown. I have a display ad, but no dates (or town shown). Believe it was the Summer of 1946, and may have been Shemp’s first appearance after Curly’s strokes. The National was advertised as air cooled and showed a phone number of JA-7863.
Any help will be appreciated.
Thanks Frank Reighter

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