New United Theatre

207 Myrtle Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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United Theatre, Brooklyn,NY in 1928 - Ticket Booth

Research suggests that there were two United theatres at this site, the first probably demolished to make way for the second. The 500-seat United Theatre may have started as a nickelodeon. Circa 1925-26, it was replaced by a much larger United Theatre with a reported 1,800 seats. In 1932, it was re-named the New United Theatre, with seating capacity reduced to 1,600.

The theatre closed around 1945, and was described as such in Film Daily Year Books until 1949, when it disappeared from the list of Brooklyn movie theatres. The New United Theatre apparently never re-opened, even under another name. Perhaps its nearest rival, the 586-seat Subway Theatre at 158 Myrtle Avenue, was all that the neighborhood could support. The New United Theatre has been demolished.

Contributed by Warren G. Harris

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Bway on September 13, 2004 at 1:29 pm

207 Myrtle had to just south of the Navy Street station on the old Myrtle Ave el. This photo from the 60’s is taken from the platform of the old Navy Street station, looking south. An 1800 seat theater had to be a decent sized building. I don’t see anything that resembles a theater, but I can’t really tell. I guess only a roadtrip can tell us if the building still stands.

Bway on September 13, 2004 at 1:30 pm

Ooops, here’s the link I was going to put in the above post:

Bway on September 13, 2004 at 1:41 pm

I was sort of thinking that too, and the odd numbers on Myrtle would be on the right. Unfortunately, the purpose of the photo (the train) is in the way.

Bway on October 7, 2004 at 9:37 am

The United theater is demolished.
I drove by yesterday, and currently there is a very large building on it’s site. The building appoears to have been built in the 70’s or so.

Bway on June 6, 2006 at 8:11 am

Here is an aerial view of where the United Theater once was. Block after block was demolished on this part of Myrtle:

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