Carroll Theater

381 Utica Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11213

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Carroll Theater

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This neighborhood theater in Crown Heights area of Brooklyn was opened in 1927 and was equipped with a Wurlitzer 2 manual, 10 rank organ. Unusual corner marquee, built on sloping street ascending to the entrance. This was a Fox house till early-1930’s. It was then operated by Randforce, and later Supreme. The Carroll Theater was closed in 1974.

It was served by Utica Avenue trolley. Competion to south was the Empress Theater on Empire Boulevard and the Lincoln Theater to North on Lincoln Place.

Contributed by J.F. Lundy

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828midwoodst
828midwoodst on October 29, 2006 at 2:20 pm

anyone have an old photo of the Carroll Theatre or surrounding neighborhood?

see http://midwoodstreetreunion.blogspot.com/
for rugby and eastern parkway area photos

conklinwj
conklinwj on February 3, 2007 at 9:19 am

I remember the Carroll Theater and it definitely had a wrap-around marquee. It also had a small lobby with the ticket window in the right hand corner as you entered the lobby.

I recall going there several times in one week in the mid-50s to see Godzilla. I must have sat through the movie 3 or 4 times.

Great memories of the good old days.

jflundy
jflundy on February 28, 2009 at 1:32 pm

New York Times of November 26, 1925
“1,800-SEAT THEATRE FOR UTICA AVENUE; A. Brody, Builder, Sells Crown St. Corner for $75,000.

A. Brody, builder, sold the northeast corner of Utica Avenue and Crown Street, being 140 feet on Utica Avenue by 100 feet on Crown Street, to the N. R. Theatres, Inc., which will improve with a theatre to contain 1,800 seats, with stores, facing on Utica Avenue"

Lenox
Lenox on April 30, 2011 at 4:57 pm

My JHS school graduation was at the Carroll in 1958

techman707
techman707 on January 28, 2012 at 5:19 pm

The LAST thing this poor theatre ran was 16mm porno and was operated by a guy named Archie Diskin. The organ had been ripped out, but, the white console was still sitting up front below the stage.

The last time I was there was to run a TV fight in 1970 between Muhammad Ali and Jerry Quarry. It ended so fast they lit the seats on fire and tried to throw them at the screen.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on January 28, 2012 at 10:42 pm

Wow! An 1863 seat porno theater. Sorry I missed it. (How does it look inside now with a church in occupancy?)

dome1345
dome1345 on May 17, 2013 at 9:22 pm

i go to this church now go to WWW.LEGLISEUTICA.ORG

dome1345
dome1345 on May 20, 2013 at 10:06 am

thanks it look relly nice and they keept the dome.

dome1345
dome1345 on May 20, 2013 at 10:08 am

and its a haitan church

Androdworld
Androdworld on September 4, 2013 at 2:14 am

When I saw these pictures (especially “Lostmemory” THANKS) I felt my heart heave. My dad took us here from our house two blocks away when I was 6! Sigh!

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