Parkview Theater

2 Prospect Park SW,
Brooklyn, NY 11215

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Recently toured the building with Angel Rivera, the pastor. Although the building has been renovated, some elements from its theater days still remain. Upstairs, the original ceiling above what was once the balcony was uncovered above a drop ceiling and restored. There is also an old exit door outside, complete with some embossed art pattern that is peeling away. Interesting that this door leads no where inside the building. The former lobby has been split into office space and a Community Outreach Center.

The theater has also been split with a new ceiling cutting away the top half from the bottom. Pictures of the building’s renovation that the Pastor showed me indicate that the basement floor (now a Community Center) sloped upwards from front to back at one time, and must have been the orchestra section of the theater.

Finally the Pastor showed me the architectural appraisal of the building which clearly states that it opened as a movie thater in 1930.

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Orlando on February 24, 2004 at 8:08 am

This early photoplay opened in 1915 as the Parkview and was located at 2 Prospect Park SW. It was listed at the time as having 400 seats and was listed as late as 1922 in some Brooklyn Eagle ads. Brooklyn had up to 500 theatres in operation at one time or another during the period of 1860 – 2004. Some of the smaller pre-sound era photoplays as they were called, like the Parkview, lasted until 1929.
Film Daily Year Books do provide a wealth of information on old theatres but I have a listing of every theatre that operated in the borough that I have compiled for a future book. That the building has not been used as a theatre in 80 years, it is amazing it still survives.

mrivlin on October 10, 2004 at 9:33 pm

I think we are dealing with two separate theaters here. The Park Slope Christian Center is at 265 Prospect Park West, between Prospect Avenue and 17th Street.

If there was a theater at 2 Prospect Park Southwest, it was probably demolished (along with whatever stood on Holy Name Field a block behind it) when the 15th Street-Prospect Park IND subway station was built around 1931.

frankie on January 19, 2006 at 9:13 am

Yes, I think you’re right about this, because my Dad always told me there used to be an old movie theater diagonally across from the Sanders (now the Pavilion) on the circle at Prospect Park SW.

Bway on June 12, 2011 at 4:47 am

Does this theater building still exist? It’s supposed to be diagnally across from the Pavilion, but 2 Prospect Southwest shows it’s this large apartment building. Was the church mentioned above torn down and replaced with this apartment building?

johndereszewski on June 12, 2011 at 9:17 pm

The Brooklyn Theatre Index does provide some documentation for this theater. Specifically, it indicates operating years of – from March 11, 1916 to 1929. Thus, this was one of those many silent movie houses that did not convert to sound.The Index also notes that an architect named James A. Boyle performed alterations to this building in 1916 – the year of the Park view’s opening. This at least suggests that the building pre-dated its cinematic career and initially was constructed for a different use.

mrivlin on July 3, 2016 at 8:42 pm

The text here needs to be moved to the Joyce Theatre, 267-269 Prospect Park West,, which is about three block south.

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