Premier Theater

509 Sutter Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11207

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Premier Theater

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The Premier Theater stood on Sutter Avenue. Built as an independent in 1921, it was part of the Loew’s chain, when they took over in 1926. It later was a United Artists house, and it came up for a last gasp of air in the late-1970’s as an independently run theater, before closing its movie-showing doors.

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hschulsinger
hschulsinger on December 25, 2005 at 6:23 pm

Oops, I was thinking of the Sutter theater at 1 Sutter Avenue, not the Premiere. Sorry about that.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on January 10, 2007 at 7:12 am

The Premier first switched to the management of Loew’s Theatres on Monday night, August 30, 1926, with gala festivities emceed by N.T.G. (Nils T. Granlund), who, among other things, hosted a program on the Loew’s owned radio station, WHN. Curiously, advertising in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle did not specify Loew’s Premier’s opening bill, stating only that the policy would be first-run motion pictures and vaudeville, with bookings changing on Monday and Thursday…For those who keep track of such things, Brooklyn had another gala opening the very next evening, September 1, 1926, with the unveiling of William Fox’s Savoy Theatre, with vaudeville and the Fox movie, “Fig Leaves.”

LuisV
LuisV on August 22, 2007 at 2:35 pm

Per various comment above, the status should be changed to demolished.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 2, 2008 at 1:56 pm

Here’s an ultra-rare view of the Premier’s auditorium just before final closure. Except for the screen curtain, all of the stage hangings appear to be original. Note signs of decay on the ceiling and walls: View link

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on August 7, 2008 at 1:50 pm

Yesterday, at another listing, someone was asking for information about some “mystery” theatres in this section of Brooklyn. If they contact me privately, I think that I may have an identification for one of them: .com. And I don’t mean the theatre mentioned on the list as “Premiere,” which was obviously the Premier.

RobertR
RobertR on September 2, 2008 at 4:22 pm

A great shot from a Jerry Lewis personal appearance tour

GaryCohen
GaryCohen on December 29, 2009 at 3:34 pm

My father grew up in Brownsville, Brooklyn and he used to take me to many of the theaters in the area. However I think we went to the Loews Premier the most. I remember it being a very nice theater with a fountain and wishing-well as you left the outer-lobby to enter the theater.I remember the Loews Metropolitan as also having a fountain/wishing-well. I was a nice lavish theater (although not as lavish as the Loews Pitkin.) For some reason I mostly remember seeing films there starring Glenn Ford: “Cimarron,” “Pocketful of Miracles” and a comedy called “It Started with a Kiss,” also starring Debbie Reynolds. For years, I used to see this theater,already closed, as the L train passed the Sutter Avenue station. Since I gave up on the L train many years ago, even before I moved to Staten Island, I would assume the Premier is no longer there. It was a wonderful theater though.

FatMan1059
FatMan1059 on January 31, 2010 at 4:29 pm

I did go there a few times but the most memorable time was to see the Fania release of “Our Latin Thing” in the early 1970s. I did work above the Premier in the Neighborhood Youth Corps at 505 Sutter Ave and also volunteer there. It was a program under Council Against Poverty under the guidelines of the Community Development Corporation. I also was Chairman of the Youth Advisory Council. Mr. Mario Perez was the Adult advisor. Ednydia Irrizary was the Secreatary. Mr Fletcher and Mrs Odoms were coordinators and I think Mr. Bowman was the Director. We would walk there from Essex Street. ENY Model Cities was on Hinsdale Street near Belmont Avenue. My friend David Riquelme’s father worked there.

samschoe
samschoe on August 28, 2011 at 8:11 am

This was a beautiful theater in the ‘50s and early 60’s with a marble staircase, red velvet carpeting and extravagant chandeliers—-and that was just to get up to the main level. Too bad, the link above to the rare inside photo is no longer operative. The outside photo shows to the left of the marquee, the luncheonette/candy store where we would load up on sunflower seeds and Milk Duds, much cheaper than the movie candy stand which was located under the gorgeous chandeliers amid all the lush carpeting. I also remember the sweeping curtains that covered the screen.

FatMan1059
FatMan1059 on August 28, 2011 at 9:37 am

It seems Samschoe that many theaters had “competition” from the mom and pop stores near them. When we (friends) would go to a theater, Cityline, Premier, Kinema, CrossBay, Ridgewood, Madison, etc that come to mind, we would stock up on the goodies before going in of course sometime we just bought the PopCorn in the movies. My the Kinema we had Moe’s great knishes! The last show I went there for was to see Fania All-star’s “Our Latin Thing” The place looked a little frayed and worn down. But the place was packed.

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