Kismet Theatre

785 DeKalb Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11206

Unfavorite 1 person favorited this theater

Kismet Theatre

Viewing: Photo | Street View

The Kismet Theatre was located at DeKalb and Marcy Avenues in Brooklyn. It opened on April 22, 1922 with Vera Gordon in “Your Best Friend” plus vaudeville on the stage. There were three bas relief stone panels located on the facade above the entrance, which depicted scenes from William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Nights Dream”. Originally an independent, it was taken over by Fox Theatres, and later was part of the Interboro chain, as was the State Theatre, also on DeKalb Avenue at Franklin.

The Kismet Theatre closed in 1962 and became a church until around 2006. I lay unused and was demolished in 2009. The State Theatre was closed in 1965 and is now a community center.

Contributed by frank tilelli

Recent comments (view all 15 comments)

Bway on August 21, 2008 at 11:40 am

I think the Kismet is a church.

kencmcintyre on November 26, 2008 at 6:26 pm

Listed in the 1940 Brooklyn yellow pages. Phone number was EVergrn 8-6148.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 19, 2009 at 7:38 pm

This building was in danger of being demolished last March. A photo can be seen here. Even if the building is still standing, it is no longer a church.

EcRocker on January 19, 2009 at 9:00 pm

I never got to see the inside of the building. My parents moved out of the area when I was 6 months old. LOL I think I said that before. What i would like to do is pick out some theatres that are closed but still standing and check them out. Maybe even the insides.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 20, 2009 at 7:15 am

I don’t know if this building has an inside anymore. Demolition permits were issued, but a stop work order has also been issued. Right now this building is in limbo. Most likely the problem is safety related and will be resolved so work can continue.

Since your located in Maryland, you could check out some Baltimore theaters if it’s not too far from you. There are a large number of Baltimore theaters listed on this site. We can always use updates on the current status of those buildings.

EcRocker on January 20, 2009 at 2:36 pm

I am closer to DC then Balt. Plus Baltimore is a pain in the butt to get to.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 20, 2009 at 2:53 pm

I guess it would be like going from Long Island to Manhattan. Not that far but still a pain to get to.

EcRocker on January 20, 2009 at 3:15 pm

LOL but if I was in L.I. I could take the LIRR to the city where as there is no direct public transit to Baltimore.

doowopluvr101 on April 4, 2009 at 8:08 pm

11:00 Mass at St. Ambrose, Then across street to the kismet for a double feature and frivolous socializing. Topped off with pizza from “the burger flame” right next door. Life was good.

St, Ambrose is now Mount Pitsgah Baptist
“The Burger Flame” is now flameless prefab housing
“The Kismet” is now a huge hole in the ground………………..

Life was good.

hifein on December 22, 2013 at 7:55 pm

used to go on saturday and spend the whole afternoon there. sticky floors and a thousand cartoons. full of noisy kids. remember being in a yoyo contest on the stage and came in second. many memories of the old neighborhood.

You must login before making a comment.

New Comment

Subscribe Want to be emailed when a new comment is posted about this theater?
Just login to your account and subscribe to this theater