Tuxedo Theater

3050 Ocean Parkway,
Brooklyn, NY 11224

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The Tuxedo Theatre was a luxurious theater that stood on Ocean Parkway near Brighton Beach Avenue and not far from the now demolished Brighton Beach Theater.

It was opened in May 1929 and had a vertical sign on the facade and a large neon sign on the roof that advertised the theater.

It was operated by the same owner of the Oceana Theater and the Sheepshead Theater. All three theaters were acquired by Century Theaters in the late-1950’s.

But the Tuxedo Theater was soon acquired by Fred Trump, who planned to demolish it for an outdoor parking lot to accomodate his new apartment building complex he was building.

Yet this planned demolition was delayed when he offered the operation of the theater to local theater owner Sam Horwitz. The former owner of Coney Island’s Mermaid Theater took over operation and successfully ran the house until 1963, including an exclusive run of “West Side Story”.

In 1963, Trump closed the theater and demolished it for his parking lot. At the time, the Tuxedo Theater was still a highly profitable theater.

Contributed by pgilipgoldberg

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William
William on November 17, 2003 at 2:23 pm

The Tuxedo Theatre was located at 3050 Ocean Parkway and it seated 1735 people.

frankie
frankie on October 7, 2005 at 9:08 am

I wonder if this was the theater where my sister Cathy & I saw “State Fair” in 1962 when I was 18 or 19 ? I’ll never forget the audience laughing when Pat Boone burst into his first song ! frankie from Brooklyn

JeffMM
JeffMM on September 12, 2006 at 7:26 pm

My grandmother lived on the same block, the first north of the Brighton Line Ocean Parkway station. Her building was torn down at the same time.

I remember seeing a Dean Martin/Jerry Lewis film there in the ‘50s, something with “circus” in the title. My mother and aunt, on the other side, knew Lewis as a child, but that is another story.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on February 20, 2008 at 8:47 am

The Tuxedo Theatre probably opened in May, 1929. It was first advertised in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle on May 27th, 1929, described as “Coney Island’s Newest Theater,” located at the Ocean Parkway station of the Brighton Beach subway line. The ad also claimed “A first class moving picture theater showing the best Movietone and Vitaphone talking pictures. Policy, continuous from 1 to 11 PM. Programs change three times weekly.”
P.S. In the introduction, “blade sign” needs to be changed to “vertical sign.” The usage of “blade” is discouraged under CT’s new guidelines.

rivest266
rivest266 on September 30, 2013 at 2:11 pm

A big theatre of nearly 2,000 seats and no picture? May 27th, 1929 ad uploaded.

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