Biltmore Theatre

464 New Lots Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11207

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Biltmore Theatre

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This theater stood in the East New York section of Brooklyn. It was opened around December 1927. A Robert Morton organ was initially installed, but this was replaced by a Wurlitzer 2 manual, 10 rank instrument in 1928. It was a Randforce house before becoming a UA theater before it finally became an independent showing double features for a dollar.

The neighborhood went down and the movie house went with it, closing in 1971. Many times over the years, it came up as a centerpiece for its block’s revival, but nothing ever happened. The Biltmore Theatre was demolished a few years ago.

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wwerner
wwerner on August 2, 2013 at 6:53 am

I lived in the Linden projects from 1957-1964. I spent almost every saturday at this theater, along with my younger sisters whom i had to take with me. i remember next door was a candy store and i had to buy our candy there bec it was cheaper. but when i would save my money i would treat myself to a frozen milky way candy bar that they sold in the theater. screaming kids on a saturday with all day cartoons and B rated movies…

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on March 20, 2014 at 7:46 pm

I just added 2 circa 68/69 photos of the Biltmore during it’s stage run of “Hair”.

robboehm
robboehm on March 21, 2014 at 6:38 am

David, the pictures you have posted are of the “legitimate” Biltmore in Manhattan, not the one in Brooklyn. Compare with the existing photos. Obviously not in the same neighborhood. The Biltmore in Manhattan was vacant for many years. Then someone set a fire. It was then acquired by the Manhattan Theatre Club. It’s in the upper west 40’s between Eighth Avenue and Broadway on the north side of the street. The name Biltmore on the theatre’s facade faces Broadway.

robboehm
robboehm on March 21, 2014 at 6:43 am

Just went back to CT and keyed in “Biltmore”. The legit theatre in Manhattan is now called the Samuel J. Friedman and is on West 47th Street. Please upload your pictures to that site. I don’t know if it’s possible for you to delete a photo (the way you can with a comment).

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on March 23, 2014 at 11:19 am

DavidZornig, if you’d like to add those images (which I see you’ve already removed from this page) to the correct theater, Here’s the page for the Biltmore in Manhattan.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on March 25, 2014 at 7:01 am

CT has already deleted those photos. Unfortunately they did not post them to the correct page before doing so. And I am unable to find them in my files, because they had Facebook generated numbers that had 100 digits. If I happen across them again, I will post them where they belong.

robboehm
robboehm on March 25, 2014 at 1:11 pm

Try contacting CT. Maybe they can still access them.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on March 25, 2014 at 2:44 pm

Luckily I just found the FB page they were originally on, via the rarely used Activity Log on FB. I’d forgotten I commented about Hair’s producer Michael Butler’s Chicago connection. I have downloaded them and re-posted them to the correct theater. Oddly they are the only 2 photos on that page. And only 10 comments.

robboehm
robboehm on March 25, 2014 at 4:59 pm

I believe the Manhattan Biltmore was only showing movies for a short time so there is no history.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on March 25, 2014 at 6:42 pm

And most of the comments on the Manhattan Biltmore page debate that very issue!

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