BAM Rose Cinemas

30 Lafayette Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11217

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BAM Rose Cinemas

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The BAM Rose Cinemas at the Brooklyn Academy of Music opened on November 12, 1998 and feature four screens of first-run and repertory art house programming.

Located in the former concert hall of the historic 1908 built, Brooklyn Academy of Music performing art center, the BAMcinematek series is one of its most popular, featuring filmmaker retrospectives and other screenings.

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hardbop
hardbop on April 1, 2005 at 11:55 am

BAM since it opened its four-‘plex has dedicated one screen to rep fare. I read where Dan Talbot booked BAM. Does he still book BAM. I remember at one point I stopped going to the rep house because they weren’t playing anything of interest. I didn’t even re-up my membership. Than all of a sudden the rep house started showing all sorts of stuff I wanted to see. I have no idea if this is a coincidence or they changed bookers. Anyone know?

hardbop
hardbop on April 13, 2005 at 12:57 pm

I tried to find a theatre building by entering BAM’s zip code but didn’t come up with anything so I’m not sure the theatre I entered was even a theatre. I thought there was a theatre on Fourth Avenue right off Flatbush. It would have been on the east side of the street. I lived in Brooklyn in ‘82 and the area around 4th Avenue/Flatbush was pretty seedy. The building wasn’t used as a theatre, but was used as a church. I don’t know if the building still even stands. Next time I’m at BAM I’ll take a walk by to see if I can find the building, which I remember having a marquee and being shaped like a theatre. I said to myself at the time that “that must have been a theatre at one time.”

hardbop
hardbop on April 18, 2005 at 10:17 am

OK, before adding a theatre I’ll write here because BAM is the closest theatre to the “Fourth Avenue/Dean Street” theatre. I haven’t checked all the Brooklyn listings but did enter BAM’s zip code and didn’t get the name of this theatre.

In any event, the theatre is on the eastern side of Fourth Avenue on the corner of Dean Street. The address if 47 Fourth Avenue and the building, which was obviously a theatre, is now occupied by the Iglesia Universal Del Reino De Dios church. I remember driving back here in ‘82 and the chuch I believe was at this site then.

Anyone know the name/history of this theatre?

You can see the theatre building clearly from the back/Dean Street and when you walk into the lobby you can tell it was a movie theatre. I think there is also a small awning.

This area in ‘82 when I lived a few blocks away in Park Slope was a pit back then with prostitutes parading up and down the street. The Brooklyn renaissance has spread to this area and it has been cleaned up to a great extent.

teecee
teecee on May 19, 2005 at 11:49 am

Information & photos of the conversion of the playhouse to a cinema:

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tdivan
tdivan on September 20, 2006 at 5:12 am

The BAM Rose Cinemas were created out of the space formerly occupied by BAM’s 1000-seat Carey Playhouse, named for the late wife of the former NY governor. You get a glorious, closeup view of the detail in the proscenium arch in the top-most theatre which is tucked just below the old ceiling.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on August 8, 2007 at 1:29 pm

Now, THIS is a beautiful place for repertory and offbeat film, including the occasional revival. Big screens, bright images, clear sound, high ceilings, great sightlines, theatrical ambiance…and only slightly uncomfortable seats (remember — one has to suffer for one’s art).

robboehm
robboehm on October 29, 2010 at 5:44 am

As the Carey Playhouse I saw Gershwin’s “Tap Toes” featuring Georgia Engel and Rusty Thatcher. It’s always sad when a space named for someone is rededicated to someone else losing the heritage of the space and, sometimes, as in the case of Broadway Theatres, all references to names of the past. And just who is the Rose named for? We know the Harvey of the BAM Harvey.

cmbussmann
cmbussmann on February 5, 2013 at 1:00 pm

BAM has really stepped up their rep showings in the past two years. Great stuff that’s often not on DVD: Shy People, The Keep, Times Square, etc. That plus their top-notch taste in first-run films keeps this place easily in my top-three for places to go in NYC. The crowd is always enthusiastic yet polite (no texting, etc) and the staff is great too. The four auditoriums are nice, though the one downstairs is a little small.

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