Wyckoff Theater

247 Wyckoff Avenue,
Wyckoff Heights,
Brooklyn, NY 11237

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johndereszewski
johndereszewski on December 30, 2013 at 12:48 am

You are correct Ed. I guess I spoke too soon. The fact that it is an actual photo makes the ad even more valuable.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on December 29, 2013 at 6:49 pm

I don’t think that’s a sketch, johndereszewksi. It appears to be an actual photo incorporated into the ad.

johndereszewski
johndereszewski on December 28, 2013 at 10:38 pm

Recently, Tinseltoes posted an interesting ad for this theater which featured several Charlie Chaplin films, at least one of which also featured Mabel Normand. The ad also provided a sketch of the theater – the only record we have of it as a going cinematic concern. This must have appeared in the late 1910’s – early 1920’s period. Interestingly, the theater was described as the “New Wyckoff”. Given the renovations that Peter Koch noted occurred in 1918, I just wonder if the theater adopted that name – at least for a few years – in the wake of the renovation.

In any event, please check out the photo section to view this valuable addition to the record.

johndereszewski
johndereszewski on August 29, 2010 at 7:46 am

I passed by the old Wyckoff yesterday, and it is still hosting the Witnesses. The building remains in very good shape. I really wonder, however, how 600 people could have fit into such a small building. I guess they knew how to pack them in in those days.

Bway
Bway on April 19, 2009 at 1:07 pm

Here’s a street view of the Wyckoff Theater:

View link

depaul420
depaul420 on August 21, 2008 at 12:37 am

never mind..I found it..

it was called the Wagner and is listed here…..

I can still see the “Hanseatic” adverts in my mind and remember some of the lyrics

rotf

depaul420
depaul420 on August 21, 2008 at 12:21 am

There was another theater that ran German movies in the early to late 60’s on Wyckoff Ave near Dekalb Ave or Stanhope-Stockholm Streets.
Anyone have the name of it or is it listed here?

Bway
Bway on October 6, 2006 at 6:02 pm

Wow, aside from the removal of the decrorative cornice, and the addition of an iron fence, the Wykcoff changed little over the years.
Of course, all the windows were bricked up, as it is now a Jehovah’s Witness hall, and Jehovah Witness churches for some reason are not allowed to have windows.
The Classic Theater on Tompkins was a nearly identical theater to the Wyckoff. It too is now some sort of church. See my March 31st, 2005 posting for photos of the Wyckoff and the Classic Theater. Make sure you click the 7:14 PM photo for the Classic (as I goofed up there), and the 6:55 PM post’s photo for the Wyckoff.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on October 6, 2006 at 11:07 am

I’ve just removed the second image that I posted this morning, since it duplicates the photo in the Times News Weekly article. I replaced it with this ad which includes that photo, but has additional information about the Wyckoff:
www.i8.photobucket.com/albums/a18/Warrengwhiz/wyck03.jpg

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on October 6, 2006 at 9:02 am

Here are two images copied from microfilm of 1915 issues of the Ridgewood Times. Note that the Wyckoff originally had a vertical sign on the corner with the word “PHOTOPLAYS” taking up most of both sides of it:
www.i8.photobucket.com/albums/a18/Warrengwhiz/wyck01.jpg
www.18.photobucket.com/albums/a18/Warrengwhiz/wyck02.jpg

Bway
Bway on June 6, 2006 at 9:02 am

I wonder what theater ornamentation survives in the church. I would assume they changed very little, as theaters lend themselves well to church conversion, without much damage to the integrity of the theater building itself.

JoeS
JoeS on April 23, 2005 at 6:39 pm

As a child one of the places I lived was on Irving Ave and Himrod
St.I was diagonally across from a Public School.A young neighbor
girl asked my parents if she could take me to the movies.
She took me to this movie to see King of the Zombies.I must have
been about 4 or 5 years old.Once again she took me to see another
Zombie movie and I would have to state that this is all I remember
about the Wyckoff.We sat in the front row and those Zombies were
real big.I loved every minute of it.
Not long after, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and my Dad was
drafted into the Navy.
We headed to Williamsburg,Brooklyn where I would be introduced to
other movie houses.

Bway
Bway on March 31, 2005 at 7:14 pm

Argh. Let me try one more time.
This is the proper link of the Classic Theater. This time, I promise it will work. The Wykcoff Theater link should have worked all along.

Anyway, Here is the photo I took yesterday

Bway
Bway on March 31, 2005 at 7:04 pm

I’m sorry, I here is the proper link for the Classic Theater, I posted the wrong one above:

Here is the proper link to the Classic Theater

Bway
Bway on March 31, 2005 at 6:55 pm

The Classic Theater on Thompkins Ave in Brooklyn is an exact twin of the Wyckoff Theater.
See the Classic Theater’s section, and a link to a photo of it there:
Here’s a link to the Classic Theater’s page here:

/theaters/8843/

Did the same owners run these two theaters? They are identical twins!!

Click here for a photo of the Wykcoff Theater

Click here for a photo of the Classic Theater

deleted user
[Deleted] on October 24, 2004 at 9:33 pm

The Wyckoff Theatre is officially listed as being closed in 1957. The opening date given of 1915 is correct.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on October 3, 2004 at 11:54 am

Does anything of the original interior remain? From what I’ve seen at other JW churches converted from theatres, they retain much of the original and remove only what they consider “irreligious,” such as some of the Egyptian decor at the Bliss Theatre in Sunnyside, Queens.

Bway
Bway on October 2, 2004 at 4:48 pm

Very Nice! Thanks!
Compare with my link posted above of the building taken a couple weeks ago.

Bway
Bway on September 22, 2004 at 5:17 pm

Here’s a current view of the Wyckoff Theater taken today.

Click Here for Link

The is theater is now a Jehovah’s Witness Hall.

DonNovack
DonNovack on September 21, 2004 at 9:13 pm

This movie house was a real dive in the 50s Im not sorry it closed

SCoglin
SCoglin on September 21, 2004 at 7:02 pm

This theatre closed in 1957. Goodman did a brisk business with this small yet popular theatre. The (1950s) caused many theatres to close due to the popularity of television and a mild recession that occurred at that time.

S.G. Cogan
Queens Genealogy Workshop

Bway
Bway on August 30, 2004 at 11:46 am

Does this building still exist, and if it does, does anyone know what it is now?

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on August 21, 2004 at 11:23 am

The Wyckoff had 550 seats, according to the 1931 Film Daily Year Book, which lists it as not yet equipped for sound movies.