Carlton Theatre

292 Flatbush Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11217

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Carlton Theatre

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Built on the site of an earlier (1911) Carlton Theatre that had 450 seats. In 1913 an airdome theatre was added. These were both closed on 10th May 1925 and were demolished (apart from the main facade). The new Carlton Theatre opened on February 8th, 1926 and was operated by the Brandt Circuit. It had a 1,124 seat airdome theatre on the roof that was decorated in an Italianate style.

It was named for nearby Carlton Place, yet it stood on Flatbush Avenue at Seventh Avenue, a block north of the Flatbush Pavillion (formerly the Plaza). The theatre had a balcony, and in its later days ran kung-fu and blaxploitation movies.

It closed in the early-1980’s and became the first theater to converted into a church by the Brooklyn Tabernacle, which later moved into the far more spacious former Metropolitan Theater. The Carlton Theatre was demolished in 2004.

Contributed by Ken Roe, philipgoldberg

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 18, 2006 at 11:45 am

This is what the Carlton Theater looked like while it was being demolished. Whats located here now? Park Place Condos that start at $715,500 for a 1,000 sq ft, one bed apartment. Brooklyn must be making a comeback with those prices.

frankie
frankie on May 18, 2006 at 12:09 pm

My Brooklyn will never make a comeback again, now that they are constructing apartment skyscrapers on residential side streets in the South Slope. My block has an 8 story phallic symbol which will forever block out the sun from my front door. The site of the former 16th Street Theater below 5th Avenue has one now that went up FAST. Brooklyn is now Manhattan. At one time there were at least 6 movie theaters within walking distance of my home. Now there’s ONE. On a recent Monday night I went there to see “Akeela and the Bee” in the largest division at the Pavilion —– I was the ONLY ONE THERE ! The movie was wonderful, but —– maybe it’s not just the developers.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on August 8, 2007 at 4:51 pm

“Park Slope’s Finest First Run Theatre” post-closing but before the church. View link

From a distance View link

Another angle View link

Early shot (re-post from 10/17/05) View link

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on April 11, 2009 at 11:44 am

Vintage photos of the Carlton Theatre can be viewed here: View link

johndereszewski
johndereszewski on February 13, 2010 at 12:10 pm

I actually once visited this place during its church years. I friend was trying to convert me – alas to no avail. While I was not into old movie theaters at the time, the place seemed quite impressive – and the Brooklyn Tabernacle people presented a pretty good show. They have a GREAT chorus. So the old theater was crtainly used to great avail.

johndereszewski
johndereszewski on February 13, 2010 at 3:08 pm

One other thing regarding this site. When you click on the map, it shows the Carlton as being at the intersection of Flatbush and 3rd Ave. – in other words, right accross from BAM. This is totally wrong, since the old Carlton was situated close to 7th Ave. This needs to be corrected.

DJM78
DJM78 on January 9, 2012 at 1:15 pm

The links on this page show some great vintage photos of the Carlton. It seems Brooklyn had so many classic movie theaters that are now gone.

Jboyce2788
Jboyce2788 on January 23, 2013 at 10:01 am

I was born in 1953 and saw a number of movies at the Carlton. My mother worked at “Neumans” Ice cream parlor next door to the Carlton and my Father worked at the “Rustic Inn” which was just around the corner on Prospect Place. What I remember most about this theatre was going to the Rest Rooms down stairs from the main entry – everything was marble

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 1, 2013 at 9:32 pm

On October 17, 2005, lostmemory commented:

“NYC issued a C/O to a New building at 292 Flatbush Avenue on March 22, 1927. The first architects name is H. G. Wiseman. The second architects name is Hugo ‘something’. I can’t read the last name.”
This was probably either Hugo Taussig, or Hugo Magnuson of the firm Magnuson & Kleinert. Wiseman worked with both at various times following the 1920 death of his partner Arthur Carlson.

Ruth Anne Phillips' book Pre-Columbian Revival attributes the design of the 1923 Cameo Theatre to Wiseman and Hugo Taussig. Cezar del Valle’s Brooklyn Theatre Index attributes the Sanders Theatre to Wiseman with Magnuson & Kleinert.

As the C/O for the Carlton names only two architects, it was probably Taussig who worked with Wiseman on this house. In any case, the firm of Carlson & Wiseman was long gone by the time the Carlton Theatre was designed.

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