Newkirk Theater

597 E. 16th Street,
Brooklyn, NY

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The Newkirk Theater, a neighborhood house, stood on East 16th Street at Newkirk Avenue. It closed many decades ago and was demolished.

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v12f on July 6, 2004 at 10:00 pm

On the site now is the D train station and a bunch of stores on what they call Newkirk Plaza which I think goes from East 16st to East 18st from Foster ave to Newkirk ave.

jflundy on July 6, 2004 at 10:30 pm

The Newkirk Theater was located over the BRT Brighton Line Newkirk Avenue station circa 1916 to 1933. This was an express stop on the rapid transit system from downtown Brooklyn to Coney Island. In 1922 the BRT became the BMT and then in 1940 the BMT Division of the Board of Transportation of the City of New York and circa 1953 the Transit Authority. The nearby Leader Theater on Coney Island Avenue which was newer, bigger and better spelled the doom of this small house.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 31, 2006 at 4:52 am

The Newkirk was situated at 597 E. 16th Street and had 574 seats, according to the 1932 FDYB. Advertising in the April 3rd, 1927 issue of The Brooklyn Daily Eagle includes the Newkirk among 15 cinemas listed for the “Flatbush Section.”

jflundy on December 22, 2007 at 7:52 am

The Newkirk Theater was open during 1937. It may have been closed for a time between 1933 and 1937. Does anyone know if it was open after 1937 ?

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