Brooklyn Paramount Theatre

385 Flatbush Avenue Extension,
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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rivest266 on October 16, 2020 at 4:37 pm

Grand opening ad posted.

kong1911 on July 7, 2019 at 10:20 am

Just a update. So far, construction has NOT started.

kong1911 on October 25, 2018 at 10:48 am

The new date to start construction is November 1st. If they start then the construction supervisor states that they should be done around August 2019. Meanwhile, my crew and I will keep the organ in shape for the opening.

BobbyS on August 16, 2018 at 11:51 am

Thanks CC! Great news and photos….One question that I don’t understand is how the Paramount & a restored Uptown in Chicago plan to remove the main floor seats for some shows for standing room and putting them back for others. These must be a new light weight chair that can be moved easily. Plus the storage room. I wonder how long it will take to remove them & store them and put them back?

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on August 16, 2018 at 10:58 am

Some color renderings of the planned renovations can be viewed here

BobbyS on June 25, 2018 at 2:04 pm

Thanks CC for article….Very exciting!!

kong1911 on June 25, 2018 at 10:16 am

Last Thursday they had the ground-breaking ceremony. The huge scoreboard was lowered. I performed several selections on the Wurlitzer for the those in attendance. All contractors involved will make sure that no harm will come to the organ during the conversion.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on June 25, 2018 at 8:12 am

The $50 million renovation will start soon, according to an article in yesterday’s Daily News. Read here

kong1911 on May 10, 2018 at 6:58 pm

Nothing going on yet. From time to time I run into the people involved but the start date keeps rolling back.

BobbyS on September 6, 2017 at 12:13 am

Thanks Kong1911. I will try and be there.

kong1911 on September 5, 2017 at 3:03 pm

The New York Theatre Society is planning an organ concert at the former Brooklyn Paramount on Sunday, October 8th at 3 PM. This will be the last time the organ can be heard until after the renovation which is scheduled to start very soon. I’ll put up more details as they come in.

walterk on June 30, 2017 at 7:35 pm

Type in 359 Flatbush Avenue Extension, that will land you at the corner of Flatbush Extension and Dekalb Avenue, which is the proper location, the building with the LIU banners.

Google Earth is not always accurate, entering street view using the 385 address, I landed in front of 2 Brothers Pizza, with a 7-11 and Applebee's just to the west of it. A little searching gave all three the address of 395 Flatbush Avenue extension.

If you look a block east from 395, you can see the building with the CVS sign which replaced the Fox Theatre.

midtown_kc on June 30, 2017 at 4:17 pm

385 Flatbush Avenue Extension,
Brooklyn, NY
Is that address correct? I don’t see a theatre there using google street view

WilliamMcQuade on June 30, 2017 at 6:54 am

It was bland because of the color is is now painted. The original color scheme would obviously have been anything but bland . Rapp and Rapp did really knockout lobbies .While this was not a knockout it was still quite good

BobbyS on June 30, 2017 at 12:38 am

When I first toured the theater in the 80’s someone yelled from somewhere over the loudspeaker “Get off the basketball court with those high heels”. I don’t think it was God!! The lobby though kind of bland was still impressive!

MarkDHite on June 28, 2017 at 3:33 pm

I think you’re probably right, Scott.

Scott on June 28, 2017 at 3:13 pm

Thanks for the link Mark. That’s what I was looking for. I’m getting the feeling that they will cover over what is missing, and not replace the loge and missing balcony areas. Hope I’m wrong, but getting a bad feeling. At least it will be a theatre again.

WilliamMcQuade on June 28, 2017 at 2:02 pm

The Kings was way more far gone than the Paramount. The theater itself is in much better condition

MarkDHite on June 28, 2017 at 1:51 pm

The rendering pictured in this recent article doesn’t seem to show a full-on restoration. More of an up to date renovation with the remaining parts of the original decor preserved and restored. Plus the organ will remain part of the new theater. But, it’s not much to go on. It’s anyone’s guess what the finished product will look like. Either way, it’s almost unbelievable that the renovation is even happening. Hats off to LIU and all involved.

Scott on June 28, 2017 at 1:14 pm

No doubt they can restore it, but I was just curious if they’ve provided detail on the project, particularly the auditorium, or any renderings, etc. I’m not just assuming this will be a Kings-like restoration, though I sure hope it is.

WilliamMcQuade on June 28, 2017 at 11:11 am

They have the top half and can replicate the bottom half by using the top part as a guide. To get to 3,000 seats they would have to do upstairs as well If they brought back the Kings anything is possible.Add to that they would have access to photos and the original blueprints.

Scott on June 28, 2017 at 10:23 am

I haven’t seen much in the way of specifics on the planned renovation. Have any of the announcements touched on whether they plan to restore the balcony, loge and other areas of the auditorium that were lost when it was converted to a gymnasium? Obviously, a lot of the original plasterwork is gone, so replacing it would be a significant task.

WilliamMcQuade on May 22, 2017 at 5:26 pm

Just heard on news the renovation is starting. The seating will be 3,000 seats and not the 1,500 mentioned previously . I want to go back and see the finished product

MarkDHite on December 6, 2016 at 1:21 am

In May 2016 Billboard reported that renovations would get underway in 2017 with a reopening projected sometime in 2019.

This article from a few days ago refers to the Paramoun project as something imminent: