Linden Theatre

1260 Nostrand Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11225

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Orlando
Orlando on July 7, 2014 at 8:03 am

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

jinchelsea
jinchelsea on November 13, 2011 at 8:19 am

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.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on August 4, 2010 at 3:44 pm

A.K.A. Loews Century.

Bway
Bway on April 27, 2009 at 7:45 am

What is on the site now?

47inf
47inf on March 6, 2009 at 7:00 pm

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 February 22, 2009 at 11:37 am

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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Bway
Bway on February 22, 2009 at 11:35 am

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

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Bway
Bway on February 22, 2009 at 11:34 am

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

richardobrien
richardobrien on July 27, 2007 at 9:42 am

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.

jflundy
jflundy on January 30, 2007 at 6:51 am

A photo of the Linden looking noth from Parkside Avenue showing part of the marquee is at this URL:
http://brooklynpix.com/photo1/F/flatbush62.jpg

conklinwj
conklinwj on January 18, 2007 at 6:14 am

I lived one block from the Linden Theater. It was located on the northwest corner of Nostrand & Parkside Avenues. I used to play ball against the side wall of the theater on Parkside Ave. The Linden closed as a theater in 1961. As I recall, the last movie shown was “The Last Time I Saw Archie”. It was definitely a 3rd to 4th tier theater. Movies opened in Manhattan in those days. Then moved to the big name theaters on Flatbush Ave, and finally got to the Linden well after they had run on Flatbush Ave. A lot of fond memories of Sat & Sun afternoons spent at the Linden.

rondanto
rondanto on February 2, 2006 at 5:55 am

The Linden was located on Nostrand Ave. between Winthrop Street and Parkside Ave. I moved right around the corner when it sadly closed as a theatre.

camp
camp on December 21, 2004 at 8:08 am

the linden in the late 50s was a third run double feature movie
i remember seeing –‘on the waterfront’ at the linden around 1958
it was the type of plain movie that always give you your moneys worth
i would never call a movie a ‘dump’ or the ‘itch'
does anyone remember the ;peoples cinema; on saratoga and livinoa
in brownsville in the 30s to early 50s?>

deleted user
[Deleted] on October 25, 2004 at 1:33 pm

The photo resembles a theatre but I have no knowledge of a theatre located at that address.

Bway
Bway on October 25, 2004 at 12:32 pm

They aren’t my photos, I found them on that website.
When I was in the area, I don’t think I took any photos of 785 DeKalb Ave.

Bway
Bway on October 25, 2004 at 12:13 pm

Duh on me, I just read the sign on what was a Chinese Restaurant the first group of photos that said it was actually not on Nostrand Ave, but at 882 DeKalb Ave.

Bway
Bway on October 25, 2004 at 12:03 pm

ANd while we’re at it, any idea what this theater at 1295 Nostrand Ave was?
http://www.disassociate.com/portland_mart.jpg

Bway
Bway on October 25, 2004 at 11:59 am

I came across this abandoned theater on the web. All it says is that it was on Nostrand Ave. I was wondering if this was the Century/Linden theater. The photo I believe was taken in the late 90’s or early 2000’s, so the building may or may not still look like this.
I don’t think it was the Nostrand, because that one is a gym now, and was a furniture store before.
Any idea which theater this is?

http://www.disassociate.com/theatre_flatbush.JPG
http://www.disassociate.com/theatre_flatbush2.JPG
http://www.disassociate.com/theatre_flatbush3.JPG

jflundy
jflundy on July 24, 2004 at 7:07 pm

Century Circuit closed this house for about a month in 1947 for installation of new air conditioning system and cosmetic upgrade.

philipgoldberg
philipgoldberg on March 16, 2004 at 5:27 pm

To the best of my knowledge this theater/bingo/banquet hall was there into the late 70s when it was retrofitted into a store. When I recently drove past I didn’t see the building anymore.