Windsor Theater

4001 15th Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11218

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The Windsor Theatre, in Boro Park, Brooklyn, opened in 1928. It was equipped with a Wurlitzer 2 manual 4 rank theatre organ. The Windsor Theatre was closed in 1959 and was converted into a bowling alley, known as the Windsor Bowl. This operated until around 1963-1964 when it was burnt down. The remains of the building were demolished and in 1982 an apartment block was built on the site.

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CopyrightGuy
CopyrightGuy on March 11, 2007 at 5:05 pm

J.M. Berlinger (cited above) is Joseph M. Berlinger (a distant cousin of mine): From Who�s Who in American Jewry, 1938, p. 81
BERLINGER, Joseph M., architect. Born N.Y. City, Jan. 16, 1888, s. Morris and Helen Berlinger. Ed. high sch.; Hebrew Tech Inst.; Columbia U.; three years� study abroad. Designed: Mt. Neboh Temple, N.Y. City; Dumont Masonic Temple and Bank Bldg, Dumont, N.J.; First Presbyterian Church Community Bldg, New Brunswick, N.J.; Fenway Country Club, White Plains, N.Y.l also theatres, apt. houses, industrial and commercial bldgs. Delineator of Victor Emanuel monument in Rome, Italy, compiling same with story into book for publication. Mem: Internat. Assn of Artists, Rome; Architectural League, N.Y. City. Married Ruth Taxier, Aug. 29, 1935. Club: Fenway Country. Hobby: golf. Home: 10 Park Ave. Office: 17 E. 49th St, N.Y. City.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on March 12, 2007 at 3:44 am

Elias, do you happen to have a list of all the theatres that J.M. Berlinger worked on? Was it many or just a few?

CopyrightGuy
CopyrightGuy on March 12, 2007 at 4:00 am

Sorry, no. There is probably an architectural society that has more detail on his work. He left no children; I’m trying to find a closer relative that might have more information.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 22, 2008 at 9:33 am

As mentioned previously, the architects name was J.M. Berlinger or Joseph M. Berlinger.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 22, 2008 at 10:28 am

Also, screens should be set to one.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 3, 2009 at 9:58 am

This 1933 photo was previously posted, but now has a fuller view of the vertical sign and top of the building: View link 324

Bway
Bway on June 20, 2011 at 8:54 am

Does this building even exist? Looking at the old photo posted on Feb, 3, 2007 by JF Lundy, and then looking at the street view, no massive fascade like that exist at 40th and 15th.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on June 20, 2011 at 5:18 pm

Well… my mistake. The view is wrong. I am on the wrong corner. According to city records, the address 4001 15th Ave was on the SE corner of 15th Ave and 40th Street. Condominium apartments were erected on that site in 1982, so the theater has been completely demolished and replaced, not gutted and re-purposed as the introductory comments to the page suggest. If someone at CT can unlock the street view, I will make the appropriate adjustments for a proper current view.

Artie412
Artie412 on September 25, 2013 at 7:29 am

I don’t see any mention of the conversion to a bowling alley (Windsor Lanes) in 1959-60 until about 1963-64 when it burned down.

This was the first theatre I ever went to in about 1956. My Grandmother took me to see King Kong and Boomtown. There was a “Matron” who threatened to clear the theatre if the talking continued.

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