Parkside Theater

728 Flatbush Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11226

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DJM78
DJM78 on January 10, 2012 at 8:59 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?

leslegr
leslegr on March 10, 2008 at 8:24 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
theater.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on February 22, 2008 at 2:22 pm

The Parkside had at least one owner before it became part of Fox Metropolitan Theatres. It was being run by the Brandt brothers when William Fox purchased their circuit. It’s very possible that others had the Parkside before the Brandts.

tonyd
tonyd on February 22, 2008 at 7:40 am

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

Tony D

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 16, 2006 at 11:50 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:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kencta/216837696/

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 6, 2004 at 9:53 pm

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

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[Deleted] on December 6, 2004 at 7:39 pm

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

RobertR
RobertR on December 6, 2004 at 7:18 pm

Who ran this theatre after Centurys?

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[Deleted] on December 6, 2004 at 4:38 pm

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.

Camden
Camden on July 21, 2004 at 5:37 pm

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.

Camden

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 20, 2004 at 4:33 pm

The Parkside was originally part of the Brandt Circuit, which was taken over by William Fox during his buying rampage in the late 1920s. After Fox went bankrupt, the Parkside landed on the Randforce Circuit before going to Century. I don’t know how that happened. Perhaps in a swap for another theatre.

jflundy
jflundy on July 19, 2004 at 12:17 am

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.

philipgoldberg
philipgoldberg on July 18, 2004 at 6:41 pm

J.F., was the theater demolished or retrofitted?

jflundy
jflundy on July 18, 2004 at 3:08 am

Parkside was one of two Century Circuit thaters in Brooklyn that was not air conditioned at the end of the 1940’s and this was a factor in its closing. By the summer of 1949 movie patrons expected it to be “Cool Inside” and manager was instructed to refund admission if customer complained about temperature and humidity in the house. Another factor was that within easy walking distance were several other theaters higher in the distribution scheme: Patio, Astor, Flatbush, Kenmore, Granada, Albermarle, Kings and Rialto.

jflundy
jflundy on July 17, 2004 at 5:45 am

Address of Parkside was 728 Flatbush Avenue.

jflundy
jflundy on July 17, 2004 at 4:23 am

Located at Flatbush near Parkside. Gone before 1951. North of Astor south of Patio.

philipgoldberg
philipgoldberg on May 3, 2004 at 1:29 am

Don’t think so. This theater was gone before the ‘70s. Would like to know exactly where it was situated though. Anybody have an idea?

MikeRadio
MikeRadio on December 5, 2003 at 2:42 am

I believe this theatre was right near the train station and was open until the 70s.. or I may be thinking of another.