Flatbush Theatre

2207 Church Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11226

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Flatbush Theatre

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Opened in 1914, the architect of the Flatbush Theatre was Robert T. Rasmussen. Vaudeville, plays, and movies were featured. I saw “Kiss Me Kate” with the original cast during a summer in the late-1940’s. (Like the Brighton Theatre, Broadway shows appeared there during the summer months).

After the theatre closed in 1952, the marquee was removed, and it became a rug and carpet store.

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jflundy
jflundy on June 12, 2007 at 1:08 pm

In 1965 the Brandt Circuit had 132 theaters showing movies, seven in the Times Square area of Manhattan. These seven were of personal interest to Mr. Brandt because of his interest in live theater. He said they had been legit houses at one time and he could convert them back to stage shows in 24 hours.

cybernetiks
cybernetiks on June 15, 2007 at 12:57 pm

yes, the develins and the kennedys lived there then……
erasmus was the school and loved garfield because u could see the old dudes going in and getting a ticket and getting water filled[free glass} and putting kettchup[into glass] and waiting for the next class we chattened ………………too long ago…..it was ritzE burbs when the kennedys crossed the divide of downtownB'K and moved to midwood st…………..we moved thru bk as the subwaywas built……….what happened to the granada theatre,,,,,anyone…..
that was on church av near nostrand av???? over

jflundy
jflundy on April 5, 2008 at 10:45 am

This article from July 1920 relates B.F. Keith’s time as operator or the Flatbush theater. See link below:
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cybernetiks
cybernetiks on April 5, 2008 at 12:11 pm

someone recently thought the Flatbush was just plays and vaudville..no growing up during ww2…………

on a satuday we would go at 10 or 11am for cartoon then 3 short like stooges……then the coming attractions………then 5h3 first movie………..the lights would go up on the stage and there would be several acts of vaudville……..then the lights dimmed and another movie………..by the end it would be six or more and mom never let us stay for one more showing……..

ALL 4 A PRICE OF THIRTEEN (13) cents!!!!!!!

jflundy
jflundy on April 5, 2008 at 1:37 pm

Keith’s leased and operated the Flatbush Theater until October 13, 1928, when L. F. Werba, who at that time was operating Werba’s Brooklyn Theater downtown on Flatbush Extension and two other houses as legit venues, assumed the lease and introduced that format in place of Keith’s Vaudeville and movies which moved over to the new Kenmore Theater down Church Avenue west, of Flatbush Avenue .

jflundy
jflundy on April 5, 2008 at 4:38 pm

On 30 July 1920 Keith’s took over B. S. Moss theaters including Flatbush for Vaudeville and movies. See story at link:
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jflundy
jflundy on January 5, 2009 at 2:55 pm

Link to article on construction of Flatbush Theater in 1914:
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jflundy
jflundy on August 21, 2009 at 3:24 pm

Jerry DeRosa began his theater career in 1920 as assistant manager of the B.S. Moss Flatbush Theatre before moving on to manage Moss’s Cameo Theatre on Eastern Parkway and the Colonial in the Eastern District.
In 1928 he became manager of Loew’s Paradise in the Bronx where he died at his desk in October 1945.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on August 4, 2010 at 12:33 pm

Another great find Tinseltoes.

2brooklyncats
2brooklyncats on February 8, 2011 at 5:51 pm

Hostile Country is 1950 … I believe this photo is ‘51

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