Kismet Theatre

785 DeKalb Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11206

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hifein
hifein on December 22, 2013 at 10:55 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.

doowopluvr101
doowopluvr101 on April 4, 2009 at 11:08 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.

EcRocker
EcRocker on January 20, 2009 at 6:15 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.

EcRocker
EcRocker on January 20, 2009 at 5:36 pm

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

EcRocker
EcRocker on January 20, 2009 at 12:00 am

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.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 26, 2008 at 9:26 pm

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

Bway
Bway on August 21, 2008 at 2:40 pm

I think the Kismet is a church.

kennydave
kennydave on June 5, 2007 at 1:25 pm

Actually went to the Kismet many times as a kid. It was located on Dekalb between Tompkins and Throop Aves (not Marcy) right across the street from the first Waldbaums supermarket. The first picture I remember seeing there was Bambi, somwhere about 1947. When I was a little older my friends and I would get Saturday +PAL passes and spend winter Saturdays watching the customary double feature, four cartoons, serial, and newsreel. I remember also seeing yo-yo contests there. I was a wonderful place, and not bug infested when I was there.

EcRocker
EcRocker on January 5, 2006 at 9:36 pm

My parents used to live around the corner from the Kismet. My father used to be a part time usher there to earn some extra income. I personaly have no memory of the place cause shortly after i was born they moved to Coney Island.

berkfam
berkfam on November 30, 2004 at 12:45 am

My mother went to the Kismet back in the 1930’s. She said it was nicknamed “The Itch” because apparently the place was infested with bugs! The ushers used to carry around cans of “flit” to kill them.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on August 5, 2004 at 11:38 am

The Kismet Theatre was situated at 785 DeKalb Avenue and had 1,295 seats, according to the 1944 Film Daily Year Book. The State was at 500 DeKalb Avenue and had 1,010 seats. “Showed three movies a week” probably means three program changes per week of double features, or six movies a week.