Cobble Hill Cinemas

265 Court Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11231

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BarryAH
BarryAH on February 14, 2012 at 6:22 pm

I will always remember it as the Lido, @Iamma9… was your mom the matron up to the 60s or just early 50s? as a kid going to Sat. matinee we would drive the poor matron nuts(Sorry if it was your mom). my mom and grandmother knew Louie Cohen, in the days(mid late 40s-early 50s)with much less traffic in the street my irish setter would roam the street even being crossed by a cop at times. he would make a stop outside the Lido and relieve himself on the tri-angle ad in the street showing coming attractions, Louie would asked my grannie to tell my mom please dont let your dog piss on my sign as its turning colors. my grandmother would always sit in the back row of the Lido and talk to the screen, we seen many double features in the 50s/60s for 25 cents and Sat.

DJM78
DJM78 on January 7, 2012 at 2:48 am

This place has charm. Glad it’s still open.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 31, 2010 at 7:04 pm

Very nice looking theatre.thanks for the picture.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on September 9, 2009 at 7:23 pm

Here is an eye-popping, two-sided handbill for the Lido Theatre circa 1937. The Hurricane was playing. One side is in full color. I think this item is for sale on ebay. View link It’s really cool.

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on February 17, 2009 at 8:34 pm

Was there for the first time on Sunday to see Frost/Nixon. Small theatre, the line outside, yep. The “main” theatre inside is quite small but has a high ceiling. We had to truck it up 2 flights to our theatre and it was quite cramped. The seats were bucket seats like in a coupe and didn’t recline, rather they were oblique to begin with and my rather large legs had no room at all.

lamma9
lamma9 on October 24, 2008 at 5:31 am

My Mother worked at the lido theater as the matron and cashier when Louie Cohen owned it. (early 50’s) We lived on Carroll st. and I remember walking up president with my father to go there. Sometimes Louie would watch us while my mom cashiered. They also owned the candy store across from PS 32. where we went to school.

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on May 28, 2008 at 3:38 pm

THE ONLY THEATER IN NY TO PICK UP POSTAL….

harveyelgart
harveyelgart on January 25, 2008 at 9:29 pm

in response to film101, i work at the cobble hill and he’s way out of line. i know for a fact that this person was totally unprofessional and ran a film festival for ten years and did everything an hour before the first screening. of course everything went wrong. he hooked up a 220volt projector without letting anyone know by his own technician using jumpers directly to a rectifier. he could have burnt down the building. he shorted out three power supplies. the sound systems are all dolby with QSC state of the art amps. the two auditoriums are also digital, DTS and Dolby Digital. he’s taking out his frustration on the wrong theatre. take some blame yourself for being so unprepared to run the festival properly.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 2, 2007 at 10:53 pm

What’s interesting in the directory is that the New Cine Lido and the Rex Theater are both listed at 265 Court, but have different phone numbers. Perhaps one of the addresses is a typo.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 2, 2007 at 10:50 pm

Advertised as the New Cine Lido in the 1972-73 Brooklyn yellow pages.

film101
film101 on September 25, 2007 at 2:06 pm

i rented this theater for an event and it was a technical nightmare from the very start. the equipment (booth) is antiquated and not taken care of, the projectionists work in an unsafe environment (i.e. exposed wires), the sound system is old and the entire theater needs to be rewired completely, the management is rude and unwilling to accommodate very basic requests. do not rent this theater.

hardbop
hardbop on January 15, 2007 at 11:59 am

I made my first visit to the Cobble Hill Cinema a few weeks ago and it seems to duplicate and be run in the same manner as the Kew Gardens Cinema. I had never been in Cobble Hill before as far as I can recall, though I’ve lived in NYC since ‘82 and actually lived in nearby Park Slope for my first six months in NYC.

The Cinema is kind of a bar bones deal, but does have some charm and the matinee price is right. I paid $11 to see a movie at the Angelika last Friday and $11 to see a sepia print of Altman’s THAT COLD DAY IN THE PARK at the IFC the same day. These outer borough arthouses are a great bargain if you are patient enough to wait for the art films to move here.

hardbop
hardbop on January 4, 2007 at 12:05 pm

I’ve never been here but may do a double-bill of NOTES ON A SCANDAL & PERFUME, both opening at this theatre. The bargain matinee prices have risen though, it is now $6. The theatre has the same policy as the art house in Kew Gardens Queens, $6 M-F before 5, all day Tuesday & Thursday, and first shows, before 2, on weekends & holidays. I go to BAM quite a bit and this is only one or two subway stops further.

WyckoffCrew
WyckoffCrew on October 4, 2006 at 12:14 am

It was called the Rex during the 70’s, and it played “Kung Fu” movies, and alot of B films. I loved it. I once stayed there for eight hours watching “Go Ape” the first four Planet of the Apes movies in a row. My mother had to come and take me home.

fred1
fred1 on July 26, 2006 at 1:48 pm

I remember during ‘70and '80s this thearter was known as the Rex cinema. or i’m thinkinking of another theater

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on July 22, 2006 at 3:09 pm

I assume that at some point those painted glass fanlights seen in a few interior shots above the front doorways actually had daylight shining through them. I wonder when or why they were bricked over? And that shot at the end of the Mandees entrance… where and what is that?

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 17, 2005 at 4:43 pm

This was certainly known as the Lido Theatre, listed in Film Daily Yearbooks from 1926 through to at least 1957. Seating capacity given as 600.

movieman1
movieman1 on April 11, 2005 at 3:32 pm

cool place to see all types of films.. the rates are great with many bargain shows.. $5.50 all day and night on tues and thurs.. they have all new seats in the theatres also.. looking good.. lobby still small and u got to wait outside before film.. recommend buying tickets earlier and just show up about 10 minutes before showtime and go right in

mommycopper
mommycopper on March 27, 2005 at 2:40 am

The porno movie theatre on Court Street may have been converted to a multiplex theatre….not sure but I think so. It’s been a while since I’ve been to the old neighborhood.

RobertR
RobertR on March 27, 2005 at 2:07 am

I hope this place survives. I drove past the monstrosity UA Sheepsead Bay today, I can’t believe it’s the choice for most Brooklyn movie goers.

mommycopper
mommycopper on March 26, 2005 at 11:58 pm

I went to the Lido when I was a kid….I am 49 and born in ‘56. It had a small lobby and I remeber that at one time you could buy candy from the concession stand that was in the upper right hand side of the theatre next to the movie screen! Later, they had it in the back and they had candy machines too. If I remember correctly, they made hot dogs and sold ice cream. Wow that was a long time ago! I remember the tickets were cheap and it was a “B” moviehouse compared to the Albee, Fox, and the Met on Fulton Street. It was similar in some ways to the Duffield…not a great theatre, but still showed good movies. I do NOT remember it EVER being calle the Rio.

Also, the porno movie was on Court Street on the other side of the street across from Atlantic Avenue next to Queen Pizza. Sure could go for a slice now! But I am pretty sure the theatre is gone, and the pizza place too :(

snlgrl007
snlgrl007 on February 1, 2005 at 4:18 am

there is now the lido bar on columbia between sackett and degraw which is a really cool bar nice of them to remember the history of the city in the name.

RobertR
RobertR on December 6, 2004 at 10:11 pm

What was the porno theatre that used to be near here?

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 6, 2004 at 10:03 pm

When the Cobble Hill Cinemas was known as the Lido Theater in 1941, The Film Daily Yearbook for that year gives a seating capacity of 500.