Fortway Theatre

6720 Fort Hamilton Parkway,
Brooklyn, NY 11219

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Fortway Theatre exterior

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Opened on October 21 1927 with Pat O'Mally in “The Rose of Kildare” plus four acts of vaudeville on the stage. This medium sized movie theatre had a beautiful Atmospheric style interior, where electric stars used to twinkle on the dark blue ceiling. The Fortway Theatre originally had a Kilgen theatre organ. There was a small stage in front of the proscenium. The theatre was triplexed in the 1970’s, and divided into a 5-screen multiplex in 1982.

The Fortway Theatre was closed by Loews Cineplex in June of 2005, and in June 2007 it was converted into a supermarket.

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Recent comments (view all 106 comments)

DJM78
DJM78 on January 8, 2012 at 1:45 am

The Great Wall supermarket isn’t the only tenant in the building. Around the block on the southeast corner of 9th Av and 67th St. is the entrance to Bounce U.

DJM78
DJM78 on June 20, 2012 at 2:06 am

Great photo. I love how the Municipal Archives have it mislabeled as Fort Hamilton Avenue. The building is on Ft. Hamilton Pkwy.

EJC513
EJC513 on April 16, 2014 at 11:58 pm

Hello all – I am a supervisor at the McKinley Park Library across the street from what was once known as The Fortway Theater. We are working on a historical project for the branch that will highlight the theater and its history within the community. While I have read through all the comments on this board I would love to hear from anyone willing to share their personal experiences at The Fortway, which will then be printed and posted anonymously on a display with in the branch. Thanks in advance.

DJM78
DJM78 on August 25, 2014 at 3:43 am

EJC513…..It’s late August and this is the first time that I’m seeing your post. I hope that the project went well and I hope that it’s still being displayed. I worked at the Fortway for a few years and I had a blast.

theatrefan
theatrefan on June 2, 2015 at 11:51 pm

This theatre was equipped with 70MM film projection capabilities, which was pretty rare at the time for a nabe theatre at the time. Even towards the end of it’s existence it was still in pretty good shape and well maintained by Loews Cineplex. I think we are almost at the 10 year anniversary mark of it’s closing.

HomecrestGuy
HomecrestGuy on September 7, 2016 at 12:45 am

Nice theater in it’s day. The last time I was there, over 20 years ago, the A/C broke down, on a hot day, and those who wanted to leave, including my wife and I,
received a refund.

DJM78
DJM78 on January 19, 2017 at 1:52 am

20 years ago….I was working there. The A/C constantly broke down. Even those “bad” memories are actually good memories. I really miss that place.

theatrefan
theatrefan on January 24, 2017 at 4:38 pm

It really is a shame it’s gone, it was a very nice theatre to catch a film. I wonder if there is anything left after it became the supermarket?

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on January 24, 2017 at 5:12 pm

That auditorium looks so wide; how was it divided for the triplex, and then where were the other two added screens?

theatrefan
theatrefan on January 24, 2017 at 6:10 pm

As a Five-plex I remember the main auditorium level had two smaller screens carved out on the extreme left & right side, what is the center section in the photo was the big main auditorium which sort of had the shape of a Y, there were also two theatres in the original balcony section as well. Flanking the original proscenium were these two female figures that I had taken pictures of, I will have to post it here, I nicknamed them the “Nymphs of Celluloid” I wonder whatever happened to them? There is also a photo of them in Ben Hall’s Book: The Best Remaining Seats.

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