Starr Theater

233 Knickerbocker Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11237

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The Starr Theater is located on Knickerbocker Avenue at the corner of Starr Street in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bushwick. The Starr Theater was opened on June 26, 1926. It was equipped with a Wurlitzer 2 manual 4 ranks organ.

Operated by Fox Theatres, and later Brandt Theatres chain, it was closed in 1968. The building is an Associated Supermarket.

Contributed by Lostmemory

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boerumhill1849 on May 29, 2008 at 12:31 am

There definitely was a Star Theatre at 389 Jay Street. Go to the below link of 389s CofOs and you will see it was there. It was sold off in 1939 and likely demolished until 1954 when it was built as the Fulton Savings Bank. The bank remained until conversion to the present stores in 1999.
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The ultimate proof is seen here showing the Star in 1930 as a burlesque and vaudeville theater. Use the Pand and Zoom feature and you can see everything.
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Go to the Brooklyn Eagle site keyword search at
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Use “Star Theater” “Jay Street” and you will find scads of hits. The best is below telling the whole plan as of 1890.
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Go here to the New York Times archive and you will find the 1939 article about the Star Theatre going into receivership. You will have to pay to read the full article if interested.
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Hope this helps! The Star Theatre at 389 Jay Street in Brooklyn should ABSOLUTELY have it’s own entry.

Erik from Boerum Hill, Brooklyn

Bway on September 8, 2008 at 7:06 am

Here’s a side glimpse of the Starr Theater, which is now a supermarket, that I took last week:

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Bway on April 19, 2009 at 10:20 am

Yes, I think it used to be red.

funghi on May 10, 2011 at 10:31 am

@Lost Memory, your photo of the Starr is not loading… Could you Please repost it again… I’m not even sure if your going to see this…(Since its been years since your last posting) As a child in the 60’s I went to the Starr every weekend… I would love to see it again… Either way, Thanks for the memories….

johndereszewski on February 3, 2014 at 1:15 pm

Great photo LM. I guess this picture was taken in the very early 1970’s at the latest since the place had been transformed into the supermarket by the time I got to know the area a few years later.

By the way, this photo – and not the current one – should be the one displayed at the top of the page.

Bway on February 4, 2014 at 11:38 am

I am amazed that the restoration of the building! I took a photo of the old Starr Theater in 2005, and to compare it to the current photo is textbook example of how the neighborhood is improving. In my photo, you could still make out the top edge of the original facade of the old historic photo Lost Memory Added. I recommend looking in the photo section!

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on February 6, 2014 at 6:08 am

Hey Bway… The current look is certainly nicer than before, but it doesn’t appear to be a restoration. Seems they eliminated the parapet wall above the entrance and around the perimeter facing Knickerbocker and Starr, and then spruced up the old bare brick wall of the auditorium structure, which was set back with a higher elevation behind the lobby and one-story storefronts. Gives the impression of a vintage restoration, but the old building never looked like that.

Bway on February 6, 2014 at 8:03 am

Well the original building was nondescript to begin with. I never said it was a restoration, just that the renovation of the building surely looks better than the crappy 1980’s era type of facade that was on the building. it’s a huge improvement.

johndereszewski on April 19, 2014 at 12:50 pm

Thanks LM for providing the 1940 picture of the Starr. (At least that was when the “Mortal Storm” came out.)

As I view this photo, it seems as if a not insignificant portion of the old Starr’s upper floor was demolished when the building was converted to its current use. This probably involved the balcony, which helped provide nearly 1,000 seats to this rather small space.

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