New Venus Theater

1224 Prospect Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11218

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palace47_ on August 28, 2012 at 6:36 pm

The building in the photograph is gone. Now there is some kind of neighborhood center on the site.

DJM78 on January 12, 2012 at 6:57 pm

I spoke to “The Sheriff of Windsor Terrace” recently and asked him about this theater. He told me that the older residents of the neighborhood remember it well. They told him it was nicknamed the “The Bed Bug” and/or “The Itch”.

frankie on June 3, 2010 at 11:55 am

Great post !!! How wonderful to hear such memories !!! I wonder what it looked like as a movie theater. All I can recall is driving past the poster of “Nabonga” when I was a kid in the early 50s.

tcarney on March 24, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Does anyone have any pictures from when it was a theatre? We lived across the street from that building for about 10 years in the 60’s and 70’s. It was the american legion then, and my father was a member. My brother and I would play in that building almost everyday, we loved it there ! The building was so cool, it had a coatcheck room, a lobby with a bar, a walk-in freezer, a large hall with a stage, upstairs was the projection room, a small office and large room that had 2 pool tables in it. The bar and staircase was wonderful dark wood. Even as a child I remember feeling at that time in the 60’s that this building was old fashioned and grand. It was my favorite place to be ! Not only did we get to play in there most days, we went to several events there and threw some of our own parties there. I’ll check my old black and white pics to see if I have any of the inside of the building. If anyone has any pics from when its was a theatre or when it was the american legion (or even elks hall) I would love to see them ! I did see the pics posted here. I was so, so sad to hear that it got torn down, I feel like my childhood playground got destroyed ! Living in another state since the late 70’s I can kick myself for not getting back to brooklyn for a visit before it go torn down ! Any additional pics would be greatly appreciated.

frankie on May 12, 2008 at 11:49 am

Sad news. A co-worker just told me the building is currently being demolished, so the status can be changed. And I never even got to go here !

frankie on August 24, 2006 at 10:07 am

No, dear inmate, we’re not related, except by our bittersweet longing for an era which has passed us by. I never got into the New Venus, or the Eden, or the Minerva, or the Paradise, although I still live near them all. I think my Dad took me to the 16th Street to see Charlie Chaplin eat his shoe, but after that I moved on to the Prospect, the Globe, the Avon, and the Sanders. At least I can still go to the former Sanders, now the Pavilion. Nice to meet you, inmate ! (Lost Memory ???)

frankie on August 21, 2006 at 5:26 am

Thanks for those photos, Ken. I have been curious about this place recently. I live just over on the other side of Prospect Park West. Sad to learn it’s being sold. Would have loved to get a look inside. Imagine if some crazy rich movie nut bought it & reopened it ? “The NEW New Venus” ?

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 9, 2006 at 9:36 am

Four photographs I took in June 2006 of the New Venus Theater. Unfortunately, due to the time of year, the building (which is currently unused and for lease or sale) is partially obscured by untrimmed trees and bushes:

frankie on November 10, 2005 at 6:47 am

Right, but it could have been a revival. Neighborhood theaters used to bring back older movies once in awhile.I saw “Samson & Delilah” at the Avon on 9th Street in the late 50’s or early 60’s.

frankie on October 25, 2005 at 10:37 am

When I was a kid in the 50’s, we used to drive down Prospect Avenue,and I could SWEAR there was a poster on the theater for Julie London in “Nabonga” !!!

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on April 17, 2005 at 5:55 pm

Listed as the Venus Theater in Film Daily Yearbook’s that I have;1930-1950. Seating capacities vary from 500, 564 down to 400. It is not listed in the 1957 edition of F.D.Y.

Theaterat on April 17, 2005 at 4:07 pm

Remember going to an affair when it was a Legion hall about 20 years ago .There was a small stage and about 5 rows of seats center stage. The fire exits had some decorative moldings and there was a polished wooden floor and a bar. I asked some of the old timers if this was once a theater, and they said it closed before I was born. The theater shape of this building is undeniable(was near it recently) and it is for sale. It sort of resembled the outside of the Deluxe-qv.Probably a Nabe. There were so many of them one time.