3050 Ocean Parkway,
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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 Rugoff & Becker, the same owners 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, father of President-elect Donald 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, Fred Trump closed the theater and demolished it for his parking lot. At the time, the Tuxedo Theater was still a highly profitable theater.
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