Fortway Theatre

6720 Fort Hamilton Parkway,
Brooklyn, NY 11219

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DJM78
DJM78 on August 24, 2014 at 7:43 pm

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.

EJC513
EJC513 on April 16, 2014 at 3:58 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 June 19, 2012 at 6:06 pm

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

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on May 19, 2012 at 7:24 am

Here’s a 1980s tax photo of the Fortway Theatre from the Municipal Archives: lunaimaging

DJM78
DJM78 on January 7, 2012 at 5:45 pm

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.

RickB
RickB on January 7, 2012 at 1:37 pm

The April 2010 page with the view of the Fortway as Chinese supermarket has been moved here.

DJM78
DJM78 on January 7, 2012 at 11:00 am

I have great memories of the Fortway. I was an usher there from 1994 to 1997. I can still remember my Mom taking me to see Back to the Future there in 1985. It’s The Great Wall supermarket now. I can’t help shaking my head when I walk by the place now. I really miss the Fortway.

PHILTK
PHILTK on February 28, 2011 at 6:22 am

I saw adam west and burt ward on stage there when the batman movie came out sometime in the late 60s

JohnMLauter
JohnMLauter on November 30, 2010 at 8:04 am

Just a note of correction about the identity of the organist in the photo that appears in Ben Hall’s “Best Remaining Seats” Ben had that photo, really wanted to use it for the book, but had no idea who that was seated at the Kilgen console. At the time the book was published there were two LPs released of a mysterious organist “Georges Montalba” “recorded in Nice France”. These records were made by Pianist/Organist/Arranger Bob Hunter, and were recorded at the Lorin Whitney Studios in Glendale California. I suspect Hunter was under contract with some other label and could not record under his own name, the record company put a little ballywho and BS into the labeling and marketing of the discs and off to market they went.
Ben was a pretty witty guy, loved jokes and couldn’t resist using that name for this unidentified organist from long ago.

Here is a great article about Bob Hunter, and the whole “Georges Montalba” mystery.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on July 16, 2010 at 1:25 pm

Thats is depressing Tinseltoes,at least they used the marquee.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on April 20, 2010 at 6:56 am

A rather depressing view of the building as a Chinese supermarket can be found around the middle of this new article about Fort Hamilton Parkway:
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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on March 30, 2009 at 9:14 am

A slightly over-exposed view of the exterior in 1969 can be seen here: View link 359

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on July 17, 2008 at 12:37 pm

On May 5, 1993, The Brooklyn Spectator published two pages of Bay Ridge movie palace memories written by Andrew Johnson and John Cocchi.

Here they are:
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mikwalen
mikwalen on July 17, 2008 at 8:38 am

Hi! I have very, very special memories about the Fortway. I was born in Brooklyn in 1963, and my mom frequently took me there. To this day, I recall seeing YOURS MINE AND OURS with Lucille Ball there – and I think MARY POPPINS when it moved to the neighborhood houses.
In 1980, I saw the re-release of MARY there as well. ANd now it’s gone!

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on June 18, 2008 at 7:05 am

Here’s another rare view, showing the area to the right of the stage. Note the railed-off section for musicians. The console of the Kilgen organ is protected by a dustcover. The console was on a lift that could raise it considerably above floor level. A great photo of it being played by Georges Montalba can be found on page 191 in Ben Hall’s “The Best Remaining Seats”:
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SeaBeacher
SeaBeacher on June 17, 2008 at 2:19 pm

Someone correct me if I’m wrong (and I’m quite sure someone will!) but I remember the side aisles lasted up until the end. The architecture above those aisles was removed (I think) to make room for more theatres upstairs and the staues of “The Ladies” as I called them on each side of the screen were removed as well.

br91975
br91975 on June 17, 2008 at 11:59 am

How much of the original architecture remained – in the auditorium and throughout the theatre – after the multiplexing and until the Fortway closed in 2005?

SeaBeacher
SeaBeacher on June 17, 2008 at 10:37 am

That photo brings back many memories….to the far right and left of the pillars in the theatre were dark carpeted aisles where you could hide from your parents and later your friends when we were old enough to go by ourselves. I remember stealing a kiss or two from a girlfriend in those dark alleys, too!

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on June 17, 2008 at 8:29 am

Here’s an ultra-rare image of the Fortway’s original auditorium. This was the second “atmospheric” to open in the Greater New York area, preceded by the Universal Theatre (later Loew’s 46th) in Boro Park. Funded by a major Hollywood studio, the Universal was larger and more ornate than the Fortway, which was built by local interests and eventually taken over by the Interboro circuit: View link

Theatrefan
Theatrefan on September 5, 2007 at 11:53 am

Unfortunately not of trace of the Fortway exists in the inside of the former fiveplex, where the Great Wall Supermaket now resides. But as you can tell from VinnyBrooklyn’s photos, at least they somewhat preserved the Marquee for the supermarkets sign.

Mariec53
Mariec53 on August 25, 2007 at 1:21 am

OMG….thanks to VinnyBrooklyn for the pictures. What memories. I don’t know how many movies I saw there when I was a kid……and frankcan you are right, it is sad………love those old movies theeaters.

I believe that downstairs was a bowling alley that you entered thru a doorway to the right of the marquee……I think it was a separate business….very small, but still fun….

VinnyBrooklyn
VinnyBrooklyn on August 18, 2007 at 12:49 pm

Here are 2 pics of this theatres ultimate demise I took around last week from my car…
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frankcan
frankcan on August 3, 2007 at 12:51 pm

When I passed by the theater in June or July of this year, they already had the sign up for the Chinese market on the marquee, but it hadn’t yet opened for business. I also saw an ad in a local paper indicating that the “second floor” was also available for lease.
I used to enjoy visiting this site and reading all the comments, but now it’s just sad coming here and being reminded of all these wonderful theaters that are now gone forever (except in our memories).