Culver Theatre

4339 18th Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11218

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The Culver Theatre was opened on March 12, 1925. A plain neighborhood movie theatre. The auditorium was oval in shape due to the lot it was built on. It was equipped with a Wurlitzer 2 manual 7 rank theatre organ. There was also an outdoor theatre at the rear, which was designed to replicate a Chinese garden.

Operated by Fox, and later Randforce, the Culver Theatre was closed in 1965. A bank occupies the spot where the theatre stood.

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 27, 2007 at 4:55 pm

Here is an anti-trust suit involving the Culver filed in 1945:
http://tinyurl.com/2belyv

Bway
Bway on May 14, 2007 at 4:21 pm

HEre’s an aerial view of the location of the old Culver, a one story building with a parking lot now occupies the site….probably a bank as stated:

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Jameselliot
Jameselliot on July 1, 2007 at 3:27 am

I lived on Ditmas Avenue with my family from 1960-67. My brother and I went to the Culver’s horror triple features on many saturday afternoons. Boy, did that theater have some tough, white-uniformed matrons patrolling the aisles with their flashlights, on the look-out for JD’s and other assorted punks. Very cherished memories. James

Jefffox
Jefffox on July 1, 2007 at 5:45 am

I agree with James. I also went to the Culver every Saturday during that time. If I remember correctly, the kids were all seated in the section on the left, jam-packed. The rest of the theater was empty.

Whatever happened to the white-uniformed matrons? Did they put them to work at the bank that replaced the theater? They would have made great guards.

Jefffox
Jefffox on July 1, 2007 at 5:45 am

I agree with James. I also went to the Culver every Saturday during that time. If I remember correctly, the kids were all seated in the section on the left, jam-packed. The rest of the theater was empty.

Whatever happened to the white-uniformed matrons? Did they put them to work at the bank that replaced the theater? They would have made great guards.

Elena1
Elena1 on August 18, 2008 at 7:37 pm

I remember the Culver. I think I saw one movie that I can remember there—Who’s been sleeping in my bed with carol burnett. Not sure of the year but it had to be around 1963-64? Anyhow I recall walking home to Cortelyou Rd. & E 5th and feeling like I walked miles. Funny the way we remember things.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 18, 2008 at 7:48 pm

Looks like Christmas 1963 was the release date for the Carol Burnett film. Quite a cast, Martin Balsam, Elizabeth Montgomery, Richard Conte, Dean Martin, Jill St. John

Steverino526
Steverino526 on December 14, 2010 at 4:07 am

I was born in 1953 and grew up on Parkville Avenue only a few blocks away from the Culver Theater. Many a Saturday afternoon were spent watching top movies as they made their way to the last stop on the theater line. All the big movies in those days opened in Manhattan and then made their way to the local theaters afterwards. I remember waiting a long time waiting to see Ben Hur. Yes, those matrons were tough but the kids really made them earn their money. I remember so vividly the screams in the theater, garbage being tossed at the screen, and the frequent requests made to the matrons to bring their flashlights so some youngster could find his “lost” money. Lots of

bobdaman98
bobdaman98 on April 9, 2014 at 8:16 pm

I was born in 1957 and lived right across the street from the Culver. I also remember the Saturday movies and those guys with the flashlights. My biggest memory though is when they previewed “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane” It scared the hell out of me. It is a bank now and I remember getting a toaster from them for opening an account.

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