Clinton Theatre

595 Clinton Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11231

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Situated in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn, the Clinton Theatre was built in 1939-40 by the Randforce Circut, with William I. Hohauser as architect. Designed in a contemporary, modern style, it was larger than most subsequent-run, neighborhood movie houses, with about 600 of its 1,644 seats in a traditional balcony. Much of the Clinton Theatre’s patronage was expected to come from a new 2,500-family housing project being built by The City of New York.

A daycare center stands on the site of the demolished theater.

Contributed by Warren G. Harris

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Orlando
Orlando on May 8, 2004 at 12:55 am

I think it has been demolished after closing in the mid 1960’s.

philipgoldberg
philipgoldberg on May 12, 2004 at 2:08 pm

What stands there now is a series of low-rent stores. By the size of the space they take up, the theater must have been a decent size. And by what Warren has written, it was.

jflundy
jflundy on September 13, 2007 at 5:50 am

I attended this theater once in January 1957. It was a Saturday afternoon double feature and the theater was packed, no empty seats.The building was rather plain, cold modern, clean in good shape.I entered about 3:30 PM and left around 7:30. Evening crowd was about 60% of matinée.

WHohauser
WHohauser on January 6, 2008 at 4:04 pm

The neighboring housing project was also designed and engineered by William I. Hohauser. It was one of the first large public housing projects in the country and was completed in 1939.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on March 26, 2009 at 10:59 am

There was apparently another Clinton Theatre in Brooklyn that closed before this one was built. That other Clinton appears in 1927 trade directories under a previous name as the New Liberty, with an address of 152-154 Manhattan Avenue, and a seating capacity of 560. The name New Liberty suggests that it might have been renovated and originally known as the Liberty. The 1936 FDYB lists the Clinton (previous New Liberty) as closed.

bonannijohn
bonannijohn on February 16, 2013 at 6:59 am

remember dragging my Dad there in the late 50’s to see 25 cartoons on Saturday morning

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