Loew's Warwick Theatre

134 Jerome Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11207

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Juice
Juice on June 23, 2011 at 6:48 am

I remember the ice cream parlor very well, it was right under the stairs of the Cleveland St. J train station. Being a 60s baby, I likely missed the glory days. But while attending P.S. 108, I had a classmate named Lorraine Von Thaden. By that time (mid-late 60s), her parents owned the ice cream parlor. I seem to remember a diner/restaurant a few doors down where I used to buy baseball cards & magazines.

@Tapeshare – I’ve visited your site & knew you a long time ago. I see that you have pictures of a few of my old classmates & one of my P.S. 108 punchball team mates named Tony Kachykalo. I haven’t seen him since we graduated in 1971, but I’ve never forgotten him. I still remember most of the kids whom I went to school with.

It’s amazing to think of the things that stay with you!

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on July 13, 2010 at 5:15 pm

Yes you are right Tinelsoes,I got them mixed up no wonder I did not read this in the posts on this theatre.Thanks for the correction.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on July 13, 2010 at 3:05 pm

The Loews Warwick was named after Marcus Loew friend David Warwick an actor,this may have been posted before.

tapeshare
tapeshare on May 5, 2010 at 10:20 am

Pardon the plug here, but I have just completed a book on the East New York-Cypress Hills area with Brian Merlis and we have included images of many of the theaters in the neighborhood which are now long gone, including the Warwick, Embassy, Miller, Lyric, Kinema, Biltmore, Euclid, and Premier. Anyone interested can visit http://www.tapeshare.com/Order.html
We may have to tweak some of the early history of the Warwick. I came across an article dated September 20, 1914 announcing the opening of Marcus Loew’s Warwick Theater. I also found a 1939 article announcing a “Jitterbug” show (dance contests and amateur nights were common in the local theaters) and a 1947 blurb on Italian-version films appearing there. Anyone interested in the articles can visit http://www.tapeshare.com/Jerome.html
To “Pastime”, I remember Moe’s and Heise’s quite well, having lived around the corner on Ashford Street. Visit http://www.tapeshare.com/Cleveland.html for an early view of Moe’s.

Pastime
Pastime on April 21, 2010 at 11:05 am

Does anybody out there remember Heise’s Ice Cream parlor at Cleveland and Fulton Street’s? It was the hangout for the C&F boys.
Also Moe’s bar across the street?

tapeshare
tapeshare on August 8, 2008 at 1:19 pm

Great stuff Warren, much appreciated. I have seen a picture of the
Euclid dated October 1940 ( “Ma, He’s Making Eyes” was on the marquee) so it must have been on its last legs at that time. The buildings were cleared for a shopping center and parking so the addresses and tax lots have changed.

tapeshare
tapeshare on August 6, 2008 at 11:10 am

Yes, I did use the search engine but I may have missed the
Premier. On the Pitkin/Cleveland, I believe the address is
2386 Pitkin (the entrance faced Pitkin), but because so
many buildings have been demolished over there the addresses
can be thrown off. This building was converted to a mattress
factory in 1935 so it may have only served as a silent theater.

Thanks Warren

tapeshare
tapeshare on August 6, 2008 at 10:31 am

Hello gents, not sure where to post this but I am continuing my research on the East New York area and am trying to find information on a number of theaters missing from this site. If anyone has information from the old theater guides that would help. Here’s the list:

Euclid Theater (Euclid and Pitkin)
Unknown name (southwest corner , Cleveland and Pitkin, the
structure is still standing)
Premiere Theater (Sutter Avenue near Hinsdale)
New Blake Theater (Southwest corner Schenck and Blake)
Unknown name (3386 Fulton, south side between Autumn/Hemlock)

Feel free to contact directly at

Rick Gomes
The East New York Project

tapeshare
tapeshare on June 13, 2007 at 2:01 pm

Many thanks Warren. I forgot to add I discovered a New York Times
article dated Sept. 24, 1958. During demolition of the building
the wall facing Fulton Street collapsed and disrupted El service
for several hours. So now we know the date the building came down.

tapeshare
tapeshare on November 1, 2006 at 2:13 pm

I am researching Hale Bowling Lanes, which sat at 3118-20
Fulton Street (southeast corner of Fulton and Hale Ave.) The
original CO for the building was issued in 1926 for a 555 seat
theater. The 1929 Plat maps also show the location as a theater.
It became a bowling alley in the 1930s but I have no history of any
theater and was wondering if it was listed in the Yearbook. Thanks-

If you want to email me offline I can be reached at

mikemorano
mikemorano on November 1, 2006 at 8:47 am

Khyber Rifles was released in 1953.

tapeshare
tapeshare on November 1, 2006 at 8:44 am

Thanks Warren, I assume you meant “1953” and “1954”? Do you own any of those Film Theater Yearbooks circa 1930? I’m trying to investigate
something.

tapeshare
tapeshare on October 31, 2006 at 8:20 pm

Welcome back Robbie! You raise an interesting question; what
year did the theater close? We know it was closed down for several years before the building was demolished but does anyone know the closing date? By the way the grandson of “Pinkys”, the drugstore
across the street contacted me and in some of the photos he sent me
the Warwick is visible across the street. They have been added to my website.

robbiedupree
robbiedupree on October 31, 2006 at 12:08 am

While looking through a movie book it dawned on me that the last movie I saw at The Warwick was King of the Khyber Rifles . Looks like it was 1953. I was a little kid but I remember the movie very well. Probably not that interesting to most, but it placed it in time for me. Robbie

robbiedupree
robbiedupree on October 31, 2006 at 12:08 am

While looking through a movie book it dawned on me that the last movie I saw at The Warwick was King of the Khyber Rifles . Looks like it was 1953. I was a little kid but I remember the movie very well. Probably not that interesting to most, but it placed it in time for me. Robbie

tapeshare
tapeshare on September 1, 2006 at 8:04 am

You’re quite welcome BrooklynJim. Drop me a line at if you want to share some memories. My father lived across from the Warwick Theater on the south side of Fulton.
The theater was not air conditioned, so they often kept the side
doors open for ventilation. Neighboring houses could actually see
the screen from their homes, no sound of course.

BrooklynJim
BrooklynJim on August 30, 2006 at 5:37 pm

What a stunning shot of the old Warwick under the shadow of the el! Your whole site looks great, tapeshare, and I must explore it further when time permits. (Am also familiar with the books of Brian Merlis.) Many thanks for sharing this magnificent time trip with us!

tapeshare
tapeshare on August 30, 2006 at 5:54 am

For those wanting to see more pix of the area and read some
more stories about the theater, I invite you to my site
dedicated to East New York:

http://www.tapeshare.com/Jerome.html

robbiedupree
robbiedupree on August 7, 2006 at 2:03 am

The Bohack came a long time after the Warwick was closed . I remember it being several years while the theatre sat idle and falling apart. Robbie

robbiedupree
robbiedupree on July 22, 2006 at 1:41 am

Thanks for the tip Brooklyn Jim, I will get a copy asap.
Also, Thanks to Warren- what a great photo of The Warwick. It is the only one I have ever seen.

BrooklynJim
BrooklynJim on June 21, 2006 at 3:13 pm

Good work and F-A-S-T, Warren! And that architecture in your pic is extremely typical of its period, nothing like the concrete and cinder block I’d described.

And robbie dupree, regarding your 5/24 post about dish night, you must run – not walk – to your favorite library to snag a copy of Jean Shepherd’s book, “In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash,” and read the story entitled “Leopold Doppler and the Great Orpheum Gravy Boat Riot.” You will laugh until you wheeze and the tears roll. “I guarantee it.” – Broadway Joe Namath, January, 1969

BrooklynJim
BrooklynJim on June 20, 2006 at 11:33 am

An afterthought: The outline design of Bohack’s is made with blocks of concrete. Back in the ‘50s, it was probably the least expensive way to build.

BrooklynJim
BrooklynJim on June 20, 2006 at 11:25 am

It was demolished, but uncertain of the exact year in the early 1950s. The “newer” building (now 50+ years old) occupied by Bohack’s and its successors is a low, single-story structure and would never have been conducive for even a local movie bistro to function with any degree of style or comfort.

BrooklynJim
BrooklynJim on June 20, 2006 at 11:06 am

Two cousins of mine who had lived nearby on Arlington Ave. were Warwick “regulars” during the 1940s. The theater was bordered on Fulton St. by Warwick St. and Jerome Ave., under the shadow of the BMT Jamaica (or #15) El.

After the Warwick was no longer a theater, Bohack’s Supermarket took over and occupied the site. Bohack’s, like A&P, had become a serious threat to mom ‘n’ pop groceries in densely-populated residential areas such as the East New York section. As late as the summer of 1963, for example, price wars were common between Bohack’s and Landro’s Italian-American grocery located diagonally across the street, and a quart of milk could be had for the ridiculously low price of 3 or 4 cents.

Today, the same Warwick site is occupied by a shabby-looking C-Town Supermercado and is heavily patronized by many of the hispanic folks now living on and around Fulton St. and Atlantic Ave.

robbiedupree
robbiedupree on May 28, 2006 at 2:11 am

Thanks Warren, Robbie