Linden Theatre

1260 Nostrand Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11225

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This was a Brooklyn neighborbood theater on Nostrand Avenue at Robinson Street which opened in September 1915 as the Century Theatre, seating 1,100 people. It was designed by architect Arthur G. Carlson.

Aterations to the exterior was carried out by architct R. Thomas Short in July 1920. It was run as a Glynne & Ward house being taken over by Loew’s Inc. in 1927 until 1944 when it went dark for a few months reopening as Century’s Linden Theatre.

Further alterations were carried out in June 1948 by architect J.M. McNamara. It was booked in the 1940’s and 1950’s as the Farragut with fourth run double features. It had been a second class Loew’s house in the booking scheme and kept its position under Century. It lasted into 1961, closing with Walt Disney’s “Peter Pan”. It became a bingo parlor for a while.

The name Linden reflected its location just north of Linden Boulevard. It was renamed so that it would not be Century’s Century Theatre.

Contributed by J.F. Lundy

Recent comments (view all 21 comments)

richardobrien on July 27, 2007 at 5:42 pm

Hi Broadway. Hope you’re still watching this site. Yesterday I got in a book called “Brooklyn’s Flatbush”. On page 133 the whole page is taken up by your theatre. It was called the Mardi Gras, at 1295-97 Nostrand Avenue, at the corner of Clarkson. The photo is dated 1916.
There’s no indication of anything playing there, though the words “Motion Pictures” are on the face of the building. The caption explains that by 1921 “this building housed an automobile dealership, and today is a produce store”. If you’re interested in the book, just Google brooklynpix. It also has, on page 107, a full-page photo of the Century Theater in 1916. A Theda Bara movie is the highlight.

Bway on February 22, 2009 at 7:34 pm

Thanks so much Richard. I didn’t notice this until now…..almost two years later! But thanks so much!!!

Bway on February 22, 2009 at 7:35 pm

Here’s a photo of the Linden/Century Theater:

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Bway on February 22, 2009 at 7:37 pm

There’s a photo of some “Mardis Gras” theater on brooklyn pix, but I can’t find it on this site. Is it listed under another name? It should be added, as it says, “Motion Pictures”, so it showed film.

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47inf on March 7, 2009 at 3:00 am

I went to the Century Theater every Saturday from the late 1930’s to the early 1940’s when I was a kid. Admission was 10 cents for children, and we were seated up front under the supervision of a “matron” wearing a white uniform and carrying a flashlight.
There was always a double feature with “The Chapters” in between, until one day in 1939 they showed “Gone With The Wind” and admission was 25 cents for the single feature. I turned around and went home that day.

Bway on April 27, 2009 at 3:45 pm

What is on the site now?

TLSLOEWS on August 4, 2010 at 11:44 pm

A.K.A. Loews Century.

jinchelsea on November 13, 2011 at 4:19 pm

My dad worked for Rugoff & Becker’s chain thoughout the 1950s, and I spent a lot of my childhood in the dark at the Oceana, Tuxedo and Sheepshead theatres in Brooklyn. But my neighborhood hangout every Saturday was the Linden. Yes, I remember the matron with her flashlight, and I remember sneaking over to the “adults” section at a certain point in time, so I could see the films I really wanted to see (Love Me or Leave Me, Les Girls, Garment Jungle) and not the endless stream of serials, westerns and cartoons. I also remember my mom marching down the aisle with the matron to find me and take me home. I got 30 cents for the movies, which meant 20 cents to get in, and 10 cents for 3 candy bars at the corner candy store (never in the theatre itself, too expensive!) We moved away in 1959, and never went to the Linden again.

Orlando on July 7, 2014 at 4:03 pm

The Linden closed in 1961 with the Disney film, “The Parent Trap”.

robboehm on February 15, 2015 at 5:54 pm

Another one of the, seemingly, common changes in management from Loews to Century.

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