Knickerbocker Casino Theater

274 Knickerbocker Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11237

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This theater was located at 274 Knickerbocker Avenue near Willoughby Avenue. It operated from approximately 1911 to 1914.

Contributed by CJDV & Lost Memory

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 2, 2004 at 6:18 pm

I read that this theater burned down in 1914.

Bway
Bway on October 6, 2004 at 3:31 pm

I drove by the site of the Knickerbocker Casino Theater today, and interestingly although of course the theater is gone, there never was a “normal” apartments-over-stores building built there.
Here’s a photo of what’s on the site of the Casino now, a non-descript building that to me appears to date to the late 1920’s or early 1930’s going by the brickwork of the structure:

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 7, 2004 at 11:46 am

The Knickerbocker Casino wasn’t as large as that store is today. The records show that it occupied one lot on the corner. That store is about three lots wide. There might have been two more of those old wooden homes that are shown in the photo to the left of the Knickerbocker Casino. When the theater burned down it might have burned down the two adjoining buildings and the large store replaced all three.

Bway
Bway on October 7, 2004 at 11:52 am

Actually, it’s two stores in that photo, one is obscured by the awning of the Meat Market. The meat market is the corner, and the other one story store is right next to it, on the next lot, then the wooden apartments.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 7, 2004 at 11:57 am

Okay, the first store must be a double lot and the “hidden” store should be a single lot. I don’t know how accurate these build dates are but those stores show a build date of 1921.

Bway
Bway on June 8, 2006 at 5:34 am

Lost, it appears to be space for two buildings when I drove by there, so yes, it should be (or have been in the past) a double lot.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 10, 2006 at 5:23 am

On the NYC Organ Project website there is a Knickerbocker Casino Theater with the same address as this theater. This is what it shows:

Knickerbocker Casino Theatre
274 Knickerbocker Avenue
II/4 “Style B” Wurlitzer, Op. 1279 (1926)

1926? Could this theater have been rebuilt, or is the list incorrect? Here is the website. The Knickerbocker Casino Theater is down near the bottom of the page.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 12, 2006 at 3:46 am

I checked the theater organ website and there is no Knickerbocker Casino Theater on their list. That site does show a Knickerbocker Theater that had the same type of Wurlitzer organ installed as the Knickerbocker Casino Theater. It was installed on February 25, 1926. Could this theater be the elusive Knickerbocker theater that we could never find?

Bway
Bway on April 20, 2009 at 7:23 am

This theater would have been right on the opposite corner of the Willoughby Theater.

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