Parkside Theater

728 Flatbush Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11226

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robboehm on May 18, 2016 at 1:56 pm

theatrefan it would be nice if you could share those items.

theatrefan on February 16, 2015 at 8:42 am

Robboehm, The Brooklyn Eagle Ad I have dated Sunday November 12th 1939 lists the Parkside as a Century Circuit Theatre, it’s also listed in several Century Circuit programs from 1942 that I have as well. Hope this info helps!

robboehm on February 15, 2015 at 12:45 pm

During what period was this run by Century? I became interested in movie theaters, particularly Century, in the early 1950s and it was not one of theirs at that time. The only reference I remember to “Parkside” was their theater at Nostrand and Parkside.

DJM78 on January 10, 2012 at 3:59 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 on March 10, 2008 at 4:24 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

tonyd on February 22, 2008 at 2:40 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

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Ken Roe on August 16, 2006 at 6:50 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:

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 6, 2004 at 4:53 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 2:39 pm

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

RobertR on December 6, 2004 at 2:18 pm

Who ran this theatre after Centurys?

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[Deleted] on December 6, 2004 at 11:38 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.

Camden on July 21, 2004 at 12:37 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.


jflundy on July 18, 2004 at 7:17 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.

philipgoldberg on July 18, 2004 at 1:41 pm

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

jflundy on July 17, 2004 at 10:08 pm

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 on July 17, 2004 at 12:45 am

Address of Parkside was 728 Flatbush Avenue.

jflundy on July 16, 2004 at 11:23 pm

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

philipgoldberg on May 2, 2004 at 8:29 pm

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 on December 4, 2003 at 9:42 pm

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