Premier Theater

509 Sutter Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11207

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FatMan1059
FatMan1059 on August 28, 2011 at 5:37 pm

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.

samschoe
samschoe on August 28, 2011 at 4:11 pm

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 February 1, 2010 at 12:29 am

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.

GaryCohen
GaryCohen on December 29, 2009 at 11:34 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.

RobertR
RobertR on September 3, 2008 at 12:22 am

A great shot from a Jerry Lewis personal appearance tour

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on August 7, 2008 at 9:50 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.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 2, 2008 at 9:56 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

LuisV
LuisV on August 22, 2007 at 10:35 pm

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

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 10, 2007 at 3:38 pm

NYC Department of Buildings lists this address as “V1-VACANT LAND” so I would assume that this building has been demolished.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on January 10, 2007 at 3:12 pm

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.”

hschulsinger
hschulsinger on December 26, 2005 at 2:23 am

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

hschulsinger
hschulsinger on December 26, 2005 at 12:51 am

I knew it as the Sutter theater and went there during the late 40s, early 50s. I remember the Saturday matinee was 12¢ and there were 2 feature films and several cartoons and serials. I went to Winthrop JHS (PS 232) at the time, and the Sutter theater was, as I recall, a short walk from the school, and an even shorter walk to the Sutter Ave – Rutland Rd station of the IRT New Lots line. As someone else observed, the Sutter was for everyday movie-going, while the Loew’s Pitkin was for dates. The Pitkin was where I first saw Porgy & Bess and West Side Story. Great old times!

LeoWeinstein
LeoWeinstein on September 28, 2005 at 9:08 pm

Dear Harold……Thats interesting. I’ve been getting an average of 20 e-mails a day. Did I give the right address…..It is:

Try again………Leo Weinstein

Harold Warshavsky
Harold Warshavsky on September 28, 2005 at 7:06 pm

Leo, I tried sending you an e-mail but it was undeliverable 2 or 3 times so try sending me one at and we’ll talk

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on September 1, 2005 at 6:53 pm

Vincent, what site do you mean? If you are referring to the one run by Theatre Historical Society of America, there are no photos of the Premier on display there. You can only order copies of Premier photos that are in their collection. In my post of 12/4/04, I listed the images that are available. Sometimes, for a lesser fee, they will agree to make photocopies as a sort of “preview” of the more expensive 8"x10" prints. In many cases, you can also buy 35mm slides, which are much cheaper than prints, but you need a projector or viewing box to look at them

Vincent
Vincent on September 1, 2005 at 3:35 pm

Dear Warren: I have tried any number of times to get the pictures from the site you mention, but I have not met with any success. I wonder if you could provide more specific information. I would be really grateful for your help.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on September 1, 2005 at 12:35 pm

In October, 1948, the Loew’s Premier was playing the same programs as the Loew’s Pitkin, but a week behind. And after finishing at the Premier, the programs would move on to the Loew’s Palace. On October 18, 1948, for example, the Pitkin had “Dream Girl” & “So Evil My Love,” the Premier “On An Island With You” & “The Search,” and the Palace “The Fuller Brush Man” & “Coroner Creek.” Curiously, all three of the Loew’s theatres in this section of Brooklyn had names starting with the letter “P.” I wonder if it was planned that way or just a coincidence?

Vincent
Vincent on September 1, 2005 at 11:07 am

There was also a theater callled the Stone, probably (appropriately enough) on Stone Avenue. Since I am writing a memoir of my childhood in East New York, I visited the site of the Premier recently. Sadly, there is now only an empty lot. What happened to Sutter Avenue is truly an American tragedy.

LeoWeinstein
LeoWeinstein on August 30, 2005 at 11:23 am

I believe it was called the Supreme Theater. I went there many times,as it was convenient for it being around the corner from where I lived. I went to JHS PS149, and the only teachers name that I can remember was Mr. Henry, who was my woodworking teacher. I have not been back to this old neighborhood for more than 30 years, and often wonder what it looks like, and if the building I lived in is still standing, but I doubt that it is. Every once in a while I entertain the thought to visit the old neighborhood to see what it looks like. The only name I can remember is Manny Stein who also lived on Williams Avenue. We were best friends, but unfortunately I lost track of him many years ago……Leo Weinstein

Suzie
Suzie on August 30, 2005 at 1:21 am

it was either the Biltmore or the Supreme…I lived on Alabama Ave., betw. Blake and Sutter aves… from 1947-1961… loved the Premier for my ‘neighborhood theater’ … and the Pitkin for my ‘date theater’….Suzie Kusnetz
Harold and I actually went to JHS together. JHS 149…. Mr Antosofsky’s class… I think he was one of only three boys in that class..

Suzie
Suzie on August 30, 2005 at 1:19 am

it was either the Biltmore or the Supreme…I lived on Alabama Ave., betw. Blake and Sutter aves… from 1947-1961… loved the Premier for my ‘neighborhood theater’ … and the Pitkin for my ‘date theater’….Suzie Kusnetz

Suzie
Suzie on August 30, 2005 at 1:13 am

it was either the Biltmore or the Supreme…I lived on Alabama Ave., betw. Blake and Sutter aves… from 1947-1961… loved the Premier for my ‘neighborhood theater’ … and the Pitkin for my ‘date theater’….Suzie Kusnetz

LeoWeinstein
LeoWeinstein on August 29, 2005 at 10:59 am

Having some idle time I decided to do a Google and type “502 Williams Avenue”, which was the address of the building I grew up in Brooklyn from the time I was an infant in the year 1932 until I left in the mid 70’s, and much to my surprise the Cinema Treasures Website came up, and a guy named Harold also lived in this building. Unbelievable! I went to the Premier Theater many times, but I also went to the movie theater just across the street from 502 Williams Avenue, but I can’t remember the name of the theater. The entrance was actually around the corner on Livonia Avenue. There was a Waldmans Bakery on Livonia Avenue…….Leo Weinstein…

RobertR
RobertR on July 4, 2005 at 10:36 pm

In 1974 it was still listed as a UA
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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 21, 2005 at 1:56 pm

A photo of the Premier Theater can be seen here:
View link

Caption for photo:
“This Georgian Revival style theater at the corner of Hinsdale Street and either Belmont or Sutter Avenues, is similar in appearance to The Town Hall in Manhattan (1921). It was photographed in 1967 for the East New York Model Cities slum clearance program. As a movie theater in 1967 it was showing two Mexican movies ("Domingo Salvaje,” 1967, and “Hombres de Roca,” 1965). According to City records, the structure is still there although this block (Block 3749) was considered for urban renewal".