Trans-Lux Fulton Street

561 Fulton Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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Trans-Lux Fulton Street

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RobertR on December 14, 2004 at 4:57 am

Does anyone know anything about this theatre once it stopped showing newsreels?

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on September 21, 2005 at 4:08 am

On January 31, 1936, it was reported in one of the Brooklyn newspapers that Trans-Lux was negotiating to lease the theatre to “interests affiliated with the Little Carnegie Playhouse in Manhattan, Henry Siegel, president.” I don’t know if that deal ever went through. Some of the Trans-Lux theatres were conversions of existing retail space. It’s possible that this on Fulton Street was one of those and that the space ended up returning to the retail fold.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 9, 2006 at 10:59 am

The Trans-Lux Newsreel Theatre opened in 1934. It had a seating capacity of 487.

Warren;… I believe you are correct in stating it was formed out of retail space.

It became the Fulton Playhouse (possibly around 1936?) and closed in 1938. It reverted back to retail use, which continues today with a Rite-Aid store operating from the building.

Here is a photograph I took in June 2006 of the Trans-Lux Theatre building:

Bloop on June 24, 2007 at 6:21 pm

How come whenever an old movie theater closes—it INSTANTLY becomes a Rite Aid or CVS ? What’s with that?

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on June 25, 2007 at 6:15 am

Or Duane Reade or Eckerd (which is merging with Rite Aid). It seems that only heavily visited retailers like those can pay the high rents demanded.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on February 29, 2008 at 9:39 am

This was advertised in The New York Times on 9/12/1936 as the Fulton Trans-Lux, using an address of 561 Fulton Street. Although newsreels were probably still on the bill, they weren’t mentioned in the ad, which displayed only Elisabeth Bergner in “Escape Me Never” as the screen attraction.

Tinseltoes on October 25, 2010 at 10:28 am

The cinema originally opened 76 years ago on October 26th. 1934, as Trans-Lux The Modern Theatre, according to advertising in The New York Times. A blurb described it as “Brooklyn’s First Newsreel Theatre” and “Ultra Modern in Every Detail.” Programs consisted of the lastest newsreels and selected short subjects. Continuous performances started at 10:00am, with the last show at 10:00pm. Admission was 25 cents at all times. The advertised address was Fulton Street & DeKalb Avenue.

rivest266 on September 29, 2013 at 4:22 pm

Uploaded two grand opening ads for this cinema in the photo section.

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