Coliseum Theatre

5205 4th Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11220

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Coliseum Theatre

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This one-time Interboro/Randforce theatre stands on 4th Avenue and 54th Street in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The Coliseum Theatre opened in February 1922. Ornate with a balcony, the theatre ran double features for many years. When the neighborhood became more Latino, the theatre changed its policy by running Spanish language films. It was then taken over by a new owner in the 1980’s who ran first-run fare there.

He quaded the building in 1986 and ran it as such until 1990, when he closed it.

The theatre was later bought by the Alahambra Church and has been restored.

Contributed by philipgoldberg

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frankie
frankie on June 30, 2005 at 9:31 am

I went to grade school at St. John the Evangelist on 21st Street (now condos !!!) and the nuns would drag us to the Coliseum to see “The Miracle of Fatima.” Then I came full circle and saw “Child’s Play” there. frankie from Brooklyn

BobFurmanek
BobFurmanek on February 23, 2006 at 8:38 am

To promote his new film “The Ladies Man,” Jerry Lewis appeared on stage at this theater on July 12, 1961.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 9, 2006 at 4:18 am

Listed in the 1926 edition of Film Daily Yearbook with a seating capacity of 1,234.

Here is a photograph of the Coliseum Theatre I took in June 2006:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kencta/210937346/

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 6, 2007 at 5:21 pm

This was an Interboro Circuit theater in the early sixties. The president of Interboro was Solomon Strausberg and the vice-president was Morris Strausberg. Here is a list of the other Interboro theaters circa 1963:

Brooklyn – Canarsie, Coliseum, Fortway, Harbor, Kismet, Park, Peerless, State, Sumner, Williamsburg
Bronx – Dover, Deluxe, Fenway, Freeman, Vogue
Long Island-Elmhurst – Elmwood
Flushing – Main Street, Playhouse, Parsons
Forest Hills – Trylon
Laurelton – Laurelton
St. Albans – Linden
Woodside – Hobart

blindbat
blindbat on November 10, 2007 at 4:08 pm

Bob mentioned how Jerry Lewis apeared on stage at the Coliseum in 1961. I was in the balcony that day. I was 11.

BobFurmanek
BobFurmanek on November 15, 2007 at 6:50 am

Larry: Any memories of the event?

fred1
fred1 on November 15, 2007 at 8:21 am

A Fenway theater in the bronx uimangible , what next an Yankee theater in Boston .

BobFurmanek
BobFurmanek on February 4, 2009 at 11:59 am

On Friday January 26, 1962, the Three Stooges (Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Curly-Joe DeRita) embarked on a three day promotional tour for their latest feature film, THE THREE STOOGES MEET HERCULES. They were accompanied by “The Herculean Giant” (almost 8 foot tall Dave Ballard) and popular DJ Clay Cole, who was one of the stars of the co-feature, TWIST AROUND THE CLOCK.

On Saturday January 27, they appeared at the RKO Coliseum at 4:05 PM.

amboy554
amboy554 on October 16, 2010 at 2:57 pm

My parent made me go see the Menudo movie there. My sister wanted to go see it. That was 1982?

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