Lindy Theatre

118 Graham Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11206

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Lindy Theatre

Neighborhood house that played very late double features.

Contributed by RobertR

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on June 7, 2006 at 5:47 am

The building at 118 Graham Avenue (current retail use as RAC-Rent-A-Center) is the former Variety/Progress/Lindy Theater. The former auditorium space at the rear of the store widens out and when viewed from the McKibbon Street side, the exterior brickwork of the auditorium can be seen.

There is currently no visible trace of any cinematic decoration to be seen either within or on the exterior.

Bway on June 13, 2006 at 7:07 am

Here’s an aerial view to back up what Ken mentioned above. The lobby area was the very low buiding seen in this photo, right next to the large apartment building, on the block in which the backs of the stores are facing us. The auditorium, jets out next to it, to the left of that low building, and strectches to McKibbon St as Ken mentioned.

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 10, 2006 at 3:05 pm

A June 2006 photograph I took of the recently re-clad facade of the Variety/Progress/Lindy Theatre:

Bway on May 4, 2009 at 9:31 am

Judging about Ken’s photo, I would never have guessed this was a theater at one time.

johndereszewski on June 16, 2009 at 5:12 pm

Bway, I could not agree with you more on this. Along these lines, you might also wish to check out another movie house situated at the opposite end of Graham Ave. It was known as the Public Palace and, if anything, seems to be an even less probable former movie house site. Yet, this apparently was the case, at least through the silent era. Hope you – and anyone else – will enjoy a view of this site.


Willburg145 on August 27, 2011 at 10:52 am

I have checked out the Rent a Center. It certainly gives the impression of being a theater.

johndereszewski on August 29, 2011 at 2:52 am

Well, Willburg145, you have a much better imagination than I do … By the way, some interesting comments regarding the Lindy were recently posted on the Graham Theatre page. They are worth a look.

Fritz on October 3, 2011 at 8:51 am

I remember the Lindy well. Locally we called it “The dumps” Not very comfortable seats, only two aisles going down to the screen. Showed really old movies. (late 40s – early 50s)

Willburg145 on May 19, 2013 at 6:45 pm

There is a building at 69 Graham Avenue,formerly Schecter’s Furniture store and it looks like it was a movie theatre. I will try and take a picture and post it.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 3, 2013 at 1:26 pm

The December 6, 1913, issue of The Moving Picture World said that a group of Williamsburg exhibitors had met at the Progress Theater, 116 Graham Avenue, on November 20 to establish a branch of the New York City Exhibitors' Association.

I don’t know if the addresses have been shifted since 1913, or if the entrance to the theater actually was once in the other store building that fronts the auditorium. It must have been the same house, in any case.

Cezar DelValle’s Brooklyn Theatre Index says that this house was in operation as the Progress Theatre in 1912-1913, became the Variety Theatre from 1914-1917, and returned to being the Progress Theatre from 1918 until 1933, when it became the Lindy Theatre, closing in 1954.

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