1956 Flatbush Avenue,
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This was a fairly large neighborhood theatre (over 2,000 seats) located in the Flatlands section of Brooklyn at Flatbush Avenue and Kings Highway. It was opened on November 18 1926 with Harold ‘Red’ Grange in “One Minute to Play” plus vaudeville on the stage. It was equipped with an Austin 3 manual, 10 rank organ. Operated by the Century Circuit, it was booked with the same shows as the bigger RKO neighborhood theatres such as the Kenmore Theatre, Bushwick Theatre, and Keith’s Richmond Hill Theatre.
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 pre-empted the regular movie show. A special aerial 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 closed in 1972 and the auditorium was demolished. It’s lobby converted to retail which has since been demolished.
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