Marine Theatre

1956 Flatbush Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11234

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This was a fairly large neighborhood theatre (over 2,000 seats) located in the Flatlands section of Brooklyn. It was booked with the same shows as the bigger RKO neighborhood theatres such as the Kenmore, Bushwick, and Keith’s Richmond Hill.

It was reworked with a new marquee and lobby around 1946. In 1948 it was fitted with the “new” pay television system which allowed projection of sporting events like champion fights at high prices and prempted the regular movie show. A special ariel was fitted to the base structure for the water tower.

Around 1963 the “Showcase Theater” booking format was adopted. In 1950, the post-Moderne style Brook Theatre, was opened by Century Theatres, around the corner on Flatlands Avenue. It shared the Marine Theatre’s boiler system. The Traymore Theatre on Avenue N and the Quentin Theatre on Quentin Road were nearby.

The Marine Theatre was torn down in the 1980’s and it’s lobby converted to retail.

Contributed by J.F. Lundy

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Ed Solero
Ed Solero on June 29, 2006 at 2:52 pm

Hey Lost, Warren, BrooklynJim, PKoch… ANYONE… I have two images that show detail of a battered theater marquee in Brooklyn and I’d like some help trying to identify it:

Always Air Conditioned
The Best in Entertainment

The photographer is Matt Weber who has a number of great images of NYC street scenes at his website He was kind enough to share some photos with me, but doesn’t recall precisely which theater it was he captured here. The photo was taken some time in the ‘80’s and he told me it was “deep in Brooklyn, possibly Flatbush Ave”. Not a whole lot of help, but I plan on spreading this message around and seeing if anyone can make a direct hit!

Thanks, guys…

odraoda on July 15, 2007 at 11:26 pm

I went to the Marine Theater about every Saturday from
1942 to 1948, and also attended the school around the
corner, St. Thomas Aquinas (and later, for a year, Midwood
High School). (I was also a Brooklyn Eagle boy with a
100-paper route from Avenue U to King’s Highway.)

Is there anyone out there who remembers the Marine Theater
from those days?

Netaddict on January 28, 2008 at 1:33 am

I posted the following on the Brook Theater page:

Wow! What memories this site brings back. I was a regular at both the Brook and Marine theaters from 1953 to 1958. I believe admission was a quarter back then. The balcony was a great place to make out with the girls. Many of my friends worked at both theaters. We all hung out at the dinette (don’t remember the name) next to the Marine when I was 15 & 16. They had juke boxes on the tables. I loved the knishes at the Coronet deli. Another favorite hangout was the candy store on the corner of Flatlands and Flatbush Ave. and I dated a girl who lived in the apartment building next door to the Brook. I graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas, (Brother Armel) class of January 1955. Hard to believe theyâ€\ve shut it down. I still have the class graduation photo album and the names of all my classmates. If you would like a copy or any other information e-mail me at
posted by Netaddict on Feb 9, 2006 at 7:50pm

jflundy on January 5, 2009 at 6:17 pm

This article relates to purchase of the land upon which the Marine was constructed:
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Netaddict on January 6, 2009 at 4:46 am


I knew a Dan Lundy when I lived in Bay Ridge on 64th St. between 4th and 5th Avenues during the late 40’s and early 50’s. Are you related by any chance?

jflundy on March 1, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Photo of Marine Theatre in 1930, listed for sale on ebay:
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TLSLOEWS on March 1, 2011 at 7:11 pm

Nice shots of the Marine Theatre.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 1, 2011 at 7:59 pm

Wasn’t crazy about the Movie on the marquee,but nice 1965 Picture.thanks.

BarryM on August 28, 2013 at 2:26 pm

Thanks for that great picture of the great SOUND OF MUSIC playing at the Marine. However, I noticed from my research that TSOM did not open there until December 21, 1966, so this shot would have to be from that year or possibly sometime in 1967.

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