Brooklyn Paramount Theatre

385 Flatbush Avenue Extension,
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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kong1911 on May 10, 2018 at 3:58 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 5, 2017 at 9:13 pm

Thanks Kong1911. I will try and be there.

kong1911 on September 5, 2017 at 12:03 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 4:35 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 1:17 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 3:54 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 29, 2017 at 9:38 pm

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 12:33 pm

I think you’re probably right, Scott.

Scott on June 28, 2017 at 12:13 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 11:02 am

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

MarkDHite on June 28, 2017 at 10:51 am

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 10:14 am

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 8:11 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 7:23 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 2:26 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 5, 2016 at 10:21 pm

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:

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on December 5, 2016 at 9:10 pm

Any news? It’s been about 20 months since the announcement…

midtown_kc on September 13, 2015 at 4:10 pm

some more pictures…

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on June 16, 2015 at 8:21 pm

MarkDHite: They can take it all the way back to 1928 if they want to. If they were willing to spend the money they could make every detail look like opening day. It’ll be interesting to watch the situation develop.

MarkDHite on May 2, 2015 at 8:32 pm

The theatre has already had a “major alteration” with all of the mezzanine and the front of the balcony removed. Even with a lot of beautiful restoration, the theatre will never be as it was in 1928. But I think it’s spectacular that it’s coming back! And can easily imagine it with 1500 seats. Bravo to Brooklyn! Again!

BobbyS on April 15, 2015 at 8:44 am

I imagine they will leave the main floor as is for people like to stand & scream when they see a rock band or other groups. The balcony of course will have seats. There comes the 1500. Similar to the Congress theatre here in chicago. They can cram more in and put in bars where the real money is pouring in. I might be wrong but this would explain the 4,000 into 1,500. Anyway it sounds so very exciting. Marquee & vertical put back is always a thrill.

paullewis on April 13, 2015 at 2:40 pm

The above article about the Paramount says the restored theatre will have a seating capacity of 1500! This is surely a mistake, how can you reduce the seating from 4.000 to 1.500 without a major alteration to the auditorium?

Bruce Cassaro
Bruce Cassaro on April 8, 2015 at 11:30 pm

I am thrilled the Paramount wii be restored to a 3500 seat venue with a quality 50 Million Dollar restoration. Brooklyn is the comeback kid. The Paramount and the Kings are among the nations most beautiful theatres. The Paramount has one the worlds great organs and the restored theatre will compliment this treasure. Downtown Brooklyn will have two restored former movie palaces the Paramount and the former loew’s Metropolitan now a church. I love the fact that the Paramount wii restore the vertical and canopy Marquee’s which many restored theatres have failed to do which makes the restoration complete. Wow I’m impressed. brucec

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on April 8, 2015 at 3:29 pm

Text of article: (Note: at the link, the last photo is upside down!)

Fort Greene’s Paramount Theatre, which for the past half-century has been used as the Long Island University sports complex, is set to be restored to its mid-20th century glory by a partnership of Barclay Center developer Bruce Ratner and Onexim Sports and Entertainment.

The $50 million renovation is set to take place over the course of two years, and in advance of that the university has released a couple renderings on its Flickr account, as well as a few historical photos.

This trend, led by the Loew’s Kings Theater in Flatbush, of formerly majestic Brooklyn theaters being returned to their original uses and levels of magnificence is definitely one that we can get behind.