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.

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.

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!

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!

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).

BroWCarey
BroWCarey on March 11, 2007 at 6:22 pm

I noticed the theater closed last year, when I returned to my old neighborhood for the first time in at least a decade. I live across the street from the Fortway, at the corner of 67th, in a 4th floor apartment. This was in the 60’s. My little brother and I went to the movies most Saturday afternoons. They made us sit in the “kids' section” and those cranky “matrons” were always shining their flashlights in our faces! I remember seeing Al Lewis and Murray the K there. (They had actually advertised that all the Munsters would be there, in costume, and only Al Lewis showed up, without costume or makeup.) Everyone in the theater was screaming so loud, that I doubt anyone heard a word either man said. I miss the old neighborhood. My mother worked at the A&P, and I used to go to the candy store (Louie’s)directly across from the theater for a chocolate egg cream whenever I could scrape together enough money.

BoxOfficeBill
BoxOfficeBill on February 9, 2007 at 4:59 am

Excellent, Warren— both films played at our treasured Loew’s Alpine upon their original release. After touring through Loew’s Ray Ridge and the RKO Shore Road, they went to the Harbor and then to the Fortway. Last stop after that was the Stanley. Low on the food-chain in those days, the Fortway remained the penultimate survivor of the bunch.
Footnote: the RKO Shore Road itself is entwined with a Chinese destiny. Next door to it (originally east of it, in the mid-fifties moving to a new location a few doors west of it) was a Chinese restaurant named the “Shore Road.” The kitchen staff used to take cigarette breaks in the alley and backyard adjacent to the theater. When the RKO theater closed in 1951, part of the space was converted to a catering facility; in later days (the ‘70s, that space itself became a new chinese restaurant. History runs in cycles. to

Cosmopolite
Cosmopolite on February 9, 2007 at 1:18 am

Today’s Daily News reports the theatre will become the Great Wall Supermarket featuring Chinese specialty foods. Store will open in the Spring.

p38
p38 on October 21, 2006 at 2:33 am

Does anyone remember that downstairs, below the Fortway Theater there was a pistol shooting range. I belonged to a gun club that used the range every tuesday night.

PFA

SeaBeacher
SeaBeacher on October 10, 2006 at 5:11 pm

I am so sad this theatre was closed. I started going there in the sixties with my friends and girlfriends, seeing such classics as “House of Wax” in 3-D and “The Lost World” and have taken my kids there till it closed. If I remember correctly the screen was set on fire during the run of the movie “Woodstock” in 1969 or 1970 (one of the cool legends). The Fortway had the classy white arches on either side on the first floor. There was a working water fountain in the entrance after your ticket was ripped. The seats weren’t bad either and I remember sneaking in the side entrances thanks to the Fortway employees who let me in on nights when the theatre was HALF EMPTY. There was even a supposed murder mystery around the rear of the theatre-a woman was supposedly killed and chopped into pieces and left by the rear entrance. Anyone else ever hear of this? It would have been in the 50’s or 60’s.