Winthrop Theater

135 Driggs Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11222

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Winthrop Theater

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This theater was located on the corner of Driggs Avenue and Russell Street in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn. The Winthrop Theater was opened in early-1923.

It was closed in 1959, and in November 1961, was converted into a supermarket.

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BabyBoomer
BabyBoomer on January 1, 2011 at 6:44 pm

John…….Just one more mention of a Greenpoint bar and I won’t stray from the movie house thread anymore.

Do you remember a bar on the corner of Diamond and Driggs(it’s now a closed down pizza place)? Thirty six years ago on my wedding day my bestman and myself got to St.Stans early and stopped in this bar for a bracer to get through the events.The bartender knew we weren’t from the neighborhood and asked what we were doing in the neighborhood …in suits no less.After the ceremony we met him at the door of the church wanting to kiss the bride.

johndereszewski
johndereszewski on January 2, 2011 at 7:55 am

BB, I vaguely remember the place, which I believe was considered to be something of a dive, though I doubt if I ever went there. While I grew up across the street from St. Stans at 606 Humboldt, by the time that I started to frequent bars, my family had moved to Morgan Ave. and had a different selection to choose from. At the time, there was literally a saloon on every block in Greenpoint. They were as much a part of the neighborhood as were – well – the local movie houses.

Bway
Bway on January 2, 2011 at 11:46 am

Yes, the same was true for Ridgewood and Bushwick too. There were very few corner intersections that didn’t have at least one bar on the corner….

johndereszewski
johndereszewski on January 1, 2012 at 6:28 am

Well, I now start my fifth year as a member of this wonderful site. Still hope that someone will identify and post a photo of this old theater. Hopefully, this will occur this year. Happy New Year to all.

johndereszewski
johndereszewski on January 1, 2013 at 7:53 am

Well another year has passed as I now start my sixth season as a member of this site.

I am still hoping that someone will come up with a picture of this old movie house. Perhaps this will occur this year – and hopefully more people will add comments to this page – and the other pages of the old north Brooklyn movie theaters in 2013. I noted a sharp decline of such comments in 2012, but perhaps this will change.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on January 1, 2013 at 1:54 pm

The Google street photo suggests that the theatre was demolished, and NOT converted into a supermarket. I see nothing that suggests a previous existence as a cinema.

johndereszewski
johndereszewski on January 2, 2013 at 5:43 am

As was noted in a previous comment, the only thing remaining from the old movie house is the wall along Russel Street – and even that cannot be said for certain. Except for that, supermarket is an entirely new building.

johndereszewski
johndereszewski on November 5, 2013 at 8:35 am

A picture recently posted on the Eagle Theatre’s (in Bushwick) page features a sign saying “closed for the summer”. A commentator then plausibly speculated that the Eagle was closed because it lacked air conditioning. Whether this may have been true for the Eagle, the Winnie was also not air conditioned but, instead, stayed open during the summers with the help of two huge – and very loud – fans. They were positioned to the immediate left and right of the screen. While they probably did little more than circulate hot air and frequently drowned out the dialogue, they at least allowed the show to go on. At the prices charged by this “nabe' none of us complained.

I really hope someone will find sn old picture of the Winnie and post it here.

johndereszewski
johndereszewski on January 1, 2014 at 9:21 am

Well another new year unfolds as does the start of my 7th year as a member of this page. Hope we have a lot to talk about this year and that more people join the discussion. And – hopefully someone will post a vintage picture of the Winnie in 2014. Happy New Year.

tapeshare
tapeshare on February 8, 2014 at 10:59 am

Hi John- I can probably help with a picture of the Winnie. We are embarking on a Greenpoint book project and can welcome your local experience with the theatres and the area. Drop me a line Rick

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