Sheldon Theater

1648 Sheepshead Bay Road,
Brooklyn, NY 11235

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The Sheldon Theater stood a block away from the Sheepshead Theater. It closed in 1950 and was later torn down.

Contributed by philipgoldberg

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philipgoldberg on February 25, 2004 at 2:05 pm

A one-story modern group of three stores now occupies the site.

stevegruberg on August 28, 2004 at 1:30 pm

The Sheldon was a poor cousin to the Sheepshead, but it boasted the cheapest seats around. 8 cents for a kid to enter. 10cent popcorn. Saturday Matinees with lots of cartoons, serials, western shorts and a couple of films. Kinda like close to 5 hours for the cheapest price in town in the early 50’s

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 18, 2006 at 3:36 pm

Could another theater have been located at this address prior to the Sheldon theater? I found a c/o for 1648 Sheepshead Bay Road dated March 28, 1930. The building is listed as a miniature indoor golf course. The owner was Sheepshead Golf Club Inc. Here is the interesting part of the c/o. It reads, “Change of Occupancy from Motion Picture Theatre”. Was this building a theater, then an indoor golf course and then a theater again?

Lisanne on May 9, 2008 at 3:29 pm

According to Brian Merlis, et al, in “Brooklyn’s Gold Coast: the Sheepshead Bay Communities” the theater was known as the Shelton, was built in 1920, and possibly known at some period during the 20s as the Sommer.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 1, 2008 at 8:40 am

The 1944 Film Daily Year Book reports a seating capacity of 550 for the Sheldon Theatre. The 1927 FDYB lists a 600-seat Somers Theatre for the same address. “Somers” might be a misspelling of “Sommers” or even “Sohmer’s” (of Sohmer’s Highway fame).

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