Fox Theatre

20 Flatbush Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11217

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Tony P.
Tony P. on July 12, 2018 at 4:03 pm

I remember going to the FOX for the. Rock & Roll shows and the last film I saw there was Damn Yankees in 1959. Going to down town Brooklyn to see a film was a big deal.Back in the 50’s besides the FOX you had the Brooklyn Paramount, the Albee and Lowes Metropolitan. These theaters got the first run films after they played in New York City. After the runs there the films played the local neighborhood theaters.

davidcoppock on July 20, 2017 at 7:05 am

That episode of “American pickers” was called ‘A Banner pick"(i think?). Billy from 'Baggage battles" was in the epsode too.

davidcoppock on July 19, 2017 at 12:58 am

There was a card(lobby card?) Frame(holder) seen on an episode of American Pickers(and some theatre seats too, possibly from the Fox Theatre too?). They brought the card holder, but not the theatre seats.

DavidZornig on September 8, 2015 at 5:38 pm

This obit is from 2010. But is has a photo of house organist Rosa Rio at the organ. Copy & paste to view.

NittyRanks on December 27, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Excellent thanks for that link!

fred1 on December 27, 2012 at 8:02 am

Go to page 8 :

Brad Smith
Brad Smith on May 5, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Click here for an exterior view of the Fox Theatre in 1929.

albangin on April 14, 2012 at 5:49 pm

Check some new old photos I just posted of the FOX staff. check ou photo section.

PragmaticGuy on January 31, 2012 at 12:56 pm

I have a promo album of Murray the K doing an Easter or holiday show from the Fox. Gene Pitney and a number of other great early rock stars are featured.

NittyRanks on March 5, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Yeah it is a great site. I used to go there more but it is pretty extensive with the pictures and all.

Astyanax on March 2, 2011 at 7:54 pm

Thanks NittyRanks. What a terrific site. I was able to identify that the tracks shown in the 1933 photo belonged to the 5th Ave. elevated line that linked with the Fulton St. line in the north, and connected to the West End & 3rd Ave. lines going south. Had not been aware that these el lines existed.

NittyRanks on March 2, 2011 at 5:49 am

Try this site: It is a fan site and not owned by MTA but is a wealth of information. My ex worked for MTA and told me about it:

Astyanax on March 1, 2011 at 1:36 pm

Hadn’t realized that there were el tracks running on Flatbush Ave as shown in the 1933 photo listed above. Can anyone shed any light on which line that was and where it ended after going south on Flatbush? Can only make out a portion of those tracks in the 1929 photo as they appear to merge with the Fulton St. line.

NittyRanks on March 1, 2011 at 11:54 am

Did anyone notice on last night’s episode of “American Pickers” that they bought one of the lobby card cases from The Fox theater in Brooklyn. They got it from a warehouse in Staten Island.

hmalsman on February 23, 2011 at 6:30 pm

I ushered at Fabian-Fox Theatre. While working the aisles, I caught glimpses of some pretty good films like, “The Harder They Fall,” and heard some pretty fair music like, Louie Armstrong, in concert with Woody Herman. In my idle hours, I organized/instigated the first, (and perhaps last) usher-strike. It was extremely short-lived, and as best as I recall, doomed-from-the-start. In the end though, we were all welcomed back on the floor. Ahhh, the good olde days!!!.

Astyanax on February 12, 2011 at 7:12 am

The George Mann photo is terrific showing the original marquee, matching blade sign, the Fulton St. El & the Paramount’s electric sign. Even the original IRT subway entrances are distinct. The entire scene gives that portion of Flatbush Ave. a long lost sense of purpose & grace.

howardhughes on February 11, 2011 at 9:43 pm

A little info on the brooklyn fox wurlitzer theatre organ. In gig harbor washington
The only thing that is left of the brookyn wurlitzer is its console. The rest of the organ
Was parted out in the early 70’s. By the time the organ got to the cardinal music palance
It was just the brooklyn console and the pipe work all came from grauman’s theatre
In los angeles. The same is true with the gig harbor washington installation. The brooklyn
Console & pipe’s from the grauman.

TLSLOEWS on February 10, 2011 at 5:31 pm

Barto and Mann certainly played a lot of big name theatres as Brad Smiths photos show,thanks for posting.

Brad Smith
Brad Smith on February 10, 2011 at 3:13 pm

This photograph of the Fox Theatre was taken in 1929 by George Mann of the comedy dance team, Barto and Mann.

DavidZornig on December 7, 2010 at 3:34 pm

Last night on “American Pickers”, the boys unearthed a vintage wooden lobby card display from the Brooklyn Fox Theatre.
It appeared to stand about 6 feet tall with intricately carved edges and a glass door still intact.
It was part of a massive collection of stuff abandoned in a huge Manhattan storage locker. Original Coney Island ride cars & carriages were also a focal point.

MikeP on March 10, 2010 at 5:16 pm

I had a question and was hoping I could get it answered. I’m a big Doors fan and am trying to find out whether the Doors ever performed at the Brooklyn Fox. I know they appeared on one of Murray the K’s tv shows but did they ever perform live in one of his Brooklyn Fox shows? Any info would be appreciated. Thanks.

Mike P.

GaryCohen on November 26, 2009 at 5:55 pm

I saw three films at the Fox during the ‘60s: “The List Of Adrian Messinger” in 1963, “Topkapi” and “The Pink Panther” in 1964. I only remember that it was an enormous theater. However what I remember the most was coming out of the subway at Nevins St. each holiday season and seeing the teenagers lined up, sometimes surrounded by snow, for the Murray the K rock and roll shows. (I never did see one of these shows but my father did take me to an Alan Freed rock and roll show at the Brooklyn Paramount in, I believe, 1958.) The Fox theater was closed and replaced with an office building, Yessir, we needed more office buildings in New York.

jflundy on July 8, 2009 at 2:02 pm

View link

Fox Photo in 1962, courtesy Warren

GeorgeTobor on June 22, 2009 at 7:09 pm

Indeed my friend Luis; a wonderful photograph. I believe that the decay had begun in the 1960’s. The Flatbush Avenue and Fulton Street area were in decline. The Brooklyn Fox Theatre holds fond memories. In particular the Murray Kaufman concerts. Both are gone and both are sorely missed.