Linden Theatre

1260 Nostrand Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11225

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1948 photo via the AmeriCar The Beautiful Facebook page.

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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 “The Parent Trap” with Hayley Mills. 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

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Bway
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
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
Bway on April 27, 2009 at 3:45 pm

What is on the site now?

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on August 4, 2010 at 11:44 pm

A.K.A. Loews Century.

jinchelsea
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
Orlando on July 7, 2014 at 4:03 pm

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

robboehm
robboehm on February 15, 2015 at 5:54 pm

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

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on May 2, 2015 at 11:46 pm

I added a wider version of the 1948 photo that was previously posted as a BrooklynPix.com photo in 2007. It shows a little bit more of the marquee on the left. It was found on the AmeriCar The Beautiful Facebook page. Not sure how it precedes the BrooklynPix.com watermark, since it is a larger image. I can only assume it was the correct size before they claimed it. A wider version photo clearly existed before their watermark was added to a narrower version.

robboehm
robboehm on May 3, 2015 at 1:01 am

Uploaded photo previously linked by Bway since links tend to be broken.

robboehm
robboehm on May 3, 2015 at 1:08 am

Bway I uploaded the linked picture of the Mardi Gras you mentioned above to the Mardi Gras site.

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