Marine Theatre

1956 Flatbush Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11234

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BarryM on August 28, 2013 at 11:26 am

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.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 1, 2011 at 4:59 pm

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

TLSLOEWS on March 1, 2011 at 4:11 pm

Nice shots of the Marine Theatre.

jflundy on March 1, 2011 at 9:47 am

Photo of Marine Theatre in 1930, listed for sale on ebay:
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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on March 22, 2009 at 8:40 am

The light-colored facade of the Marine Theatre can be seen at the left of this 1949 photo, with “The Window” on the marquee: View link 01

Netaddict on January 6, 2009 at 1:46 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 January 5, 2009 at 3:17 pm

This article relates to purchase of the land upon which the Marine was constructed:
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Netaddict on January 27, 2008 at 10:33 pm

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

odraoda on July 15, 2007 at 8:26 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?

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 4, 2006 at 12:21 pm

The Rugby premises are currently occupied by “Bobby’s Department Store.” Perhaps one of our Brooklyn residents could visit to see if any of the front facade resembles that seen in the photographs of the mystery marquee.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on June 29, 2006 at 1:30 pm

I can’t see enough of the building to even guess. But I suspect that it must have been long closed by the time the photo was taken in the 1980s.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on June 29, 2006 at 11:52 am

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:

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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…

rondanto on February 2, 2006 at 5:50 am

The Marine had the exclusive Brooklyn showing of “The Sound of Music”. It ran there for 6 months.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on August 31, 2005 at 6:02 am

Architect R. Thomas Short and interior decorator William Rau did most of the Century theatres built prior to World War II. Among the numerous others were the Patio in Brooklyn, and the Merrick, Bliss, and Prospect in Queens.

DJMitchell on August 9, 2005 at 4:41 pm

Century’s Marine Theatre was a great place to see a movie. I have great memories of the Theatre from the 60s and 70s. I remember seeing THE SOUND OF MUSIC, DISNEY’s THE JUNGLE BOOK, HOUSE OF WAX in 3D, KLUTE, BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID, THE FRENCH CONNECTION,
TOM THUMB, and so many others! The theatre is now a bank and a carpet store. Its very sad.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 31, 2005 at 4:05 am

Here’s a sample proof of the Kefauver photo. I suspect that the Marine was equipped with large-screen projection TV, and used it in this case to fill the house and sell lots of candy, popcorn, and whatever:

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 30, 2005 at 12:01 pm

The Marine had 2,146 seats, according to the 1954 Film Daily Year Book.

teecee on July 30, 2005 at 11:10 am

On page 97 of “This Fabulous Century 1950-1960” (Time Life Books, 1970) there is a photo of the Marine marquee.
Wording on the marquee:


Caption: A New York moive theater drops its regular Hollywood fare to pick up television’s political spectacular, the Kefauver hearings.

Sounds all too familiar: Oliver North, OJ Simpson, Michael Jackson …

RichHamel on June 9, 2005 at 7:34 am

Hi Warren,
I tried to access the photo, but the number didn’t work. What search words did you use?

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 25, 2005 at 8:56 am

A photo of a marquee of a Marine Theatre can be found at The photo is numbered 50527426. I can’t swear that it’s the Brooklyn Marine, but I think so.