Parkside Theater

728 Flatbush Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11226

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Parkside Theater

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This theater stood a few blocks from the Patio Theater and Prospect Park Theater. The Parkside Theater was opened in 1915. Eventually it was taken over by Century Theaters. It closed in 1951.

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jflundy on July 18, 2004 at 4:17 pm

I don’t know what has happened in the last 40 years, but my best recollection was that it was converted to retail circa 1950. It may have become a restaurant but this is not clear in my memory.Last couple of years of operation it was no longer a Century house.

Camden on July 21, 2004 at 9:37 am

The prescient (but later imprisoned) William Fox was disturbed about the coming onslaught of television as far back as the late 20s, and made the first wide-screen film in ‘29, John Wayne’s first film as a leading man, “The Big Trail,” directed by Raoul Walsh and featuring Tyrone Power, Sr. in a truly great and unique performance. The whole movie was shot on location all over the west and is a rich treasure, but the Depression prevented theatres from switching over to wide screens at the time and the movie flopped, flushing Wayne into the ghetto of cheapie westerns for a decade, until he was rescued by “Stagecoach” in '39. I wonder what Fox would think of the awful television news service that bears his name today.


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[Deleted] on December 6, 2004 at 8:38 am

This theatre closed in 1950 it is now a discount department store. Two buildings was combined for the discount store the address now is 726 Flatbush.

RobertR on December 6, 2004 at 11:18 am

Who ran this theatre after Centurys?

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[Deleted] on December 6, 2004 at 11:39 am

In a 1949 article the Parkside Theater is shown as being operated by the EC Endicott Circuit.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 6, 2004 at 1:53 pm

The 1930 Film Daily Yearbook lists the seating capacity of the Parkside Theater as 590.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 16, 2006 at 3:50 am

A photograph I took in May 2006 of the Parkside Theatre (now a GEM Super Saver store), close to the corner of Flatbush Avenue and Parkside Avenue:

tonyd on February 21, 2008 at 11:40 pm

I remember in the mid 50’s they stopped showing movies and presented live Yiddish Vaudeville shows. Not too certain about this.

Tony D

leslegr on March 10, 2008 at 1:24 pm

I lived near the Parkide Theater. It was still in busines in the
mid 50’s. Closed either late 50’s or early 60’s and the property
became an A&P. I remember walking in the A&P and could still see
the projection booth in the rear of the store. It was a nice little

DJM78 on January 10, 2012 at 12:59 am

I was right outside of this building a few times. Never had a clue that it was a movie theater. Anyone out there have a photo of this theater?

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