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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bcnett
bcnett on February 25, 2006 at 2:54 am

The theatre had an organ installed in 1927, then reposessed by Wurlitzer. They merged it with another organ. It has been in the town hall in Stoneham, Mass., since 1942. As Town Organist I play it before each town meeting.

bcnett
bcnett on February 28, 2006 at 2:18 am

The theatre whose organ the Windsor organ was merged with was the Empire in Brooklyn. The combined organ was first installed in WNAC radio in Boston before being moved to Stoneham.

lennytone
lennytone on July 16, 2006 at 5:22 pm

I saw “War Of The Worlds” there with my mom in 1954, and again a few years later with my friends. One Saturday, I remember, we kids were more boisterous than usual, yelling, throwing popcorn, etc. The elderly theatre owners walked down the aisle and threatened to shut the projector off if we didn’t behave. Admission for kids was 25 cents.

irajoel
irajoel on July 25, 2006 at 1:43 pm

Growing up in Boro Park, the Windsor was considered by most to be a dump. Think I went there maybe once or twice. I was strictly a 46th street or Boro Park kid.

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.

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.

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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