Peerless Theater

433 Myrtle Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11205

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The Peerless Theater from the Myrtle Avenue El (westbound)

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This was a small neighborhood theater on the north side of Myrtle Avenue in Brooklyn. The Peerless Theater was opened in 1914. Located under the elevated rail line which ran from Metropolitan Avenue in Queens County to Sand Street Station in downtown Brooklyn, which was an elevated rail hub where one could transfer to trolleys and change for another El train which ran over the Brooklyn Bridge to New York. Some trains ran through over the Bridge on this line.

A surface trolley route, the Myrtle-Court line, ran by the door on the surface. It was riding these lines that I became familiar with this theater in the late-1940’s. At that time it was quite old and worn. It was far down on the distribution scheme and was part of the Interboro chain. The Peerless Theatre was closed in 1965.

Contributed by J.F. Lundy

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 27, 2008 at 3:52 am

Telephone number for the Peerless in 1940 was CUmbrlnd 6-2390.

BrooklynJim
BrooklynJim on November 28, 2008 at 3:34 pm

Thx for that interesting item of trivia, ken, although I believe it was upgraded in the late 1940s. I’ll try to check further on that. My home exchange a block away in 1946 was Main, and my cousin’s (who lived several blocks away on Cumberland) was Sterling. Ulster was another common to the Clinton Hill area.

Fixer3
Fixer3 on February 9, 2009 at 3:16 pm

The first telephone number that I ever memorized was ULster 5-4826; Tony The Tailor; 437 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn 5, New York.That number was good from 1956 until December 31, 2002. Two doors East of the Peerless Theater. The theater is owned and operated by the “Reverend Lee”….and it’s just like new inside.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 14, 2009 at 3:19 am

The year given for this photo is 1980.

Bway
Bway on May 26, 2009 at 5:36 pm

I would assume as a church, much of it’s interior remains?

Fixer3
Fixer3 on November 13, 2009 at 12:10 am

ALL of the interior remains!

Bway
Bway on March 11, 2010 at 12:34 am

Anyone know of any current photos of the interior?

Anyway, here’s a corrected link for the photo above, the link changed:

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taiello38
taiello38 on June 30, 2010 at 5:34 pm

ALL I CAN SAY IS WOW!!!!!FOUND THIS SITE BY ACCIDENT…
LIVED AT 139 CLINTON AVE FROM 1940-1952…UL 2 0721..
DAD OWNED CLERMONT LOUNGE MA 5 8982…
ELKIS CANDY STORE ON CLINTON N MYRTLE..YES HE WAS A GROUCH…DANIELLS CANDY STORE ON CORNER OF WAVERLY…GOLDMAN GROCERY ON MYRTLE N CLINTON..SACRED HEART SCHOOL…THE PEERLES WAS CALLED THE"ITCH"….REMEMBER FRANK AND HIS BROTHER…OWNERS…DISHES ON SAT..THEY WLD WALK UP THE AISLES SELLING POPCORN…
ANYONE WANT TO TALK???

ezridr1
ezridr1 on August 15, 2013 at 12:19 am

I also found this site by accident. Great website. Thanks for creating it. My Uncle owned the Daniels Candy Store on Myrtle Ave on the corner of Waverly. My cousin and family lived above the Candy store and I spent many a Saturday form 1948 to 1954, with my cousin at the Peerless, watching cartoons, serials like Flash Gordon and Don Winslow of the Navy ,plus a movie. We then would walk 10 yards to the corner and have a Lime Rickey or an Egg Cream at my Uncle’s Candy Store. We also played handball and “Heels” against the wall, which had a giant Shinola sign painted on the wall.

afm20
afm20 on October 26, 2013 at 9:19 pm

I also found the site by accident—I lived on Taaffe Pl as a kid,my father owned a small candy store there,went to ps 157,just down the street.Does anyone remember Tony’s Pizzeria on Myrtle Ave?,owned by Tony Creasia,a very close friend of my fathers—-left Brooklyn in 1947,moved to Ma.—hated it there,small town and got into many fights,made a shoe shine box,and got laughed at,they didn’t do things like that in the country—my mother sent me for chopped meat,and got laughed at again,they call it hamburg out here—anyway just a little note,to tell you,that you really can’t take the city,out of a country boy—Tony

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