Lindy Theatre

118 Graham Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11206

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Lindy Theatre

Opened in 1909 as the Variety Theatre It operated until 1917. In 1918 it became the Progress Theatre with 600 seats. From 1933 it became the Lindy Theatre. This neighborhood house that played very late double features. It was closed in 1954.

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Willburg145
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
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
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
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.

Willburg145
Willburg145 on November 5, 2018 at 12:49 pm

I don’t know if I can post this here…. Here’s a tax photo of the Lindy.

http://nycma.lunaimaging.com/luna/servlet/detail/NYCMA~7~7~1004275~851766?sort=borough%2Cblock%2Clot%2Czip_code&qvq=w4s:/what%2FMoving%2BPictures;q:3080;sort:borough%2Cblock%2Clot%2Czip_code;lc:NYCMA~7~7&mi=0&trs=2

johndereszewski
johndereszewski on February 6, 2019 at 7:56 am

Thanks Willburg145 for this terrific period photo. hopefully, it will replace the current photo at the top of the page. This picture really gave a picture on how life was on Graham Ave. in 1940.

robboehm
robboehm on February 6, 2019 at 12:30 pm

John, new picture will not replace the old. At best it will be in a rotation schedule.

Bway
Bway on March 4, 2019 at 11:14 am

The photos that show on any given theater is the “most viewed” photo of that theater. So it takes a while for new photos to make it there of course.

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