Savoy Theatre

1515 Bedford Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11216

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Mushdog
Mushdog on February 28, 2014 at 5:59 pm

Sadly, this theater (The Fox Savoy) is being demolished as I type this. I have taken a photographs, to come.

LuisV
LuisV on November 21, 2013 at 10:00 am

This link has a photo of the facade: http://news.buzzbuzzhome.com/2013/11/1515-bedford-crown-heights.html

LuisV
LuisV on November 21, 2013 at 9:59 am

I am sorry to announce that the theater is indeed slated to be demolished and replaced by a religious structure (a Synagogue and a 114 unit apartment tower). Very sad. Usually, a church saves these obsolete beauties but here it is destroying it. The facade looked worthy of landmarking but alas it never was. Farewell! http://news.buzzbuzzhome.com/2013/11/1515-bedford-crown-heights.html

dome1345
dome1345 on August 10, 2013 at 6:04 pm

its still not demolished i pass there every sunday to go to church i dint even see trucks.

J_Dousmanis
J_Dousmanis on April 17, 2013 at 9:33 pm

Hi, Sorry to say this, but there is a NYC department of buildings permit posted in window to left of theater entrance. The permit allows all interior partitions to be removed. I visited for a friend who has an architectural ornaments business. Whole interior has been gutted out. Ceiling, walls, seats all gone. Just large piles of plaster and bricks. Shortly additional permits will be issued allowing the demolition of rest of building. I had visited savoy in 80’s 90’s and again after 2000 when Rev. Armstrong was the pastor. Each time I was there it always looked like it needed major work which they could not afford. I use to do repair work in projection rooms of the small independent theaters, these old theaters were a good source of cheap parts. For the record NYC in 1943 had over 570 theaters in operation. Today only a hand full are still in operation and some of them are only part time. Also in Brooklyn the old Regent theater (aka Slave) may have been sold. It may be next on hit list of developers. John D.

Matt Lambros
Matt Lambros on April 10, 2013 at 11:13 am

Ed – I’m working on it.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on April 7, 2013 at 6:04 pm

Matt, I know it’s not necessarily your thing to photograph adapted-use theaters, but were you ever inside the Savoy with your camera?

Matt Lambros
Matt Lambros on April 4, 2013 at 11:05 am

It’s currently being demolished.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on April 4, 2013 at 7:00 am

Seems ominous. If exterior fire escapes were removed, it could be the first step towards demolition of the building. The large ground site is ripe for re-development for an apartment building or shopping center.

Nicholas Vargelis
Nicholas Vargelis on April 3, 2013 at 12:01 pm

I went by the theater today. The Church is gone, store fronts boarded up and there is an “ X ” painted on the front of the building, apparently to signal fire-fighters not to go inside…

Also a construction worker with a hard hat and harness walked out. Plus it appears the fire-escapes on the north side have been torn out recently.

Anyone have any information as to what is happening to the building ???

Brad Smith
Brad Smith on May 5, 2012 at 2:59 pm

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

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 4, 2008 at 6:23 pm

Street ad seen in this 1946 Life photo:
http://tinyurl.com/5k3nqa

BoxOfficeBill
BoxOfficeBill on September 11, 2008 at 8:00 am

The color picture of the interior is excellent.

Warren’s introductory header above states that the interior had been re-painted in whitewash in most areas. I recall that in the late 1950s when I attended the Savoy a few times, the color scheme was largely pale green with dark-green trim and dark-green stage curtain, house drapes, etc. That color scheme might not have been the original one. A neighborhood theater that I’d spent much more time in, the RKO Dyker, switched in the early 1950s from a cream-tan-and-ivory scheme that I remember through the 1940s to a pale-green/dark-green scheme introduced as part of a general remodeling.

I also recall that the Savoy seemed more dimly lit than most, with a cavernous glare bouncing off the screen onto the far reaches of the ceiling and rear seating areas. The large balcony overhang might have accounted for some of the darkness in the rear orchestra.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on September 8, 2008 at 1:53 pm

A long article with many color photos about the Savoy as church can be found in Marquee Magazine, Vol. 37, No. 3. The magazine can be purchased for only $5 plus postage through the “Back Issues” link at: http://www.historictheatres.org/

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on September 8, 2008 at 1:36 pm

Here are new links to previously posted images:
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chicagosteve
chicagosteve on September 8, 2008 at 12:57 pm

Warren, Could you re-post the operating pictures? The ones above are not working. Thanks very much.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 19, 2008 at 10:19 am

The main entry name needs to be changed to Savoy Theatre, which was used from the early 1930s until final closure. For most of its life, the Savoy was run by the Randforce circuit, which took over most of the Fox theatres in Brooklyn after Fox went bankrupt. Randforce did not attach its name to theatres as rivals such as RKO and Loew’s did.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 26, 2007 at 6:51 am

The year given on the list is 1925. No specific month is given. I post the information that is on the list. I don’t alter the information so it will match the information given on this website. A certificate of occupancy was issued to a new building at this address on May 7, 1926. Purpose of building was a 2494 seat motion picture theater. This building was available for use about four months prior to its official opening. I don’t know when construction started but a permit for a new building was issued in 1925.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on October 26, 2007 at 6:11 am

The Savoy first opened in September, 1926. I somehow doubt that an organ was installed in 1925. I’m not sure that the Savoy had even started construction in 1925. It was built simultaneously with Fox’s new Academy of Music in Manhattan, which opened in October, 1926. Thomas Lamb was architect of both theatres, and they were similar in design, although the AOM was larger and had a more spacious lobby.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 25, 2007 at 4:33 pm

A Kimball theater organ opus KPO 6865 size 3/8 was installed in the Savoy Theater in 1925.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 2, 2007 at 1:45 pm

Even though William Fox built and first operated this theatre, I don’t think it was ever actually called the Fox Savoy. It was just the Savoy, as witness the 1927 ad that I displayed earlier today. When Fox Theatres went bankrupt, the Savoy fell under Randforce management, which rarely advertised it with the circuit name attached. Last year, Marquee Magazine published a seven-page article by historian Craig Morrison which not even once mentioned William Fox, Fox Theatres, or Randforce Theatres. On the front cover of Marquee and throughout the article, it was just Savoy. I think that the main name in the introduction should be changed to simply Savoy. Fox Savoy and Randforce Savoy could be listed above in smaller type.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on November 22, 2006 at 5:54 am

In 1928 as part of a Fox foursome presenting vaudeville, a feature movie, and the latest in sound innovations:
www.i8.photobucket.com/albums/a18/Warrengwhiz/foxfour.jpg