Stone Theatre

389 Mother Gaston Boulevard,
Brooklyn, NY 11212

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tapeshare on July 2, 2017 at 2:28 pm

For all you fans who frequented Brownsville’s theaters I am pleased to announce the release of Brooklyn’s Historic Brownsville, a 228-page hardcover photographic history of Brownsville including images of the Pitkin, Sutter, Ambassador, Stone and others, as well as the schools, synagogues and institutions that were the heart of this neighborhood. For more details visit

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Joe Vogel on October 18, 2015 at 2:00 pm

At the lower right corner of this page of the July 3, 1922, issue of Exhibitors Trade Review is a photo of the auditorium of a Brooklyn house called the Stone Avenue Theatre. It doesn’t look quite large enough to have held the 1,552 seats we have listed for the Stone Theatre (I’d guess more like 1,100-1,200), so I’m wondering if it is the same house or not, or if perhaps the Stone was later expanded.

Carminel on June 12, 2012 at 6:39 am

I also went to the school at Stone and Glenmore. In 1942 it was known as PS 84. My grandfather was the janitor at the school and I went to Kindergarten there

Carminel on June 12, 2012 at 6:35 am

I lived at 247 Stone Ave and remember the closed theater when I was a kid. My brothers would play inside the building. I would love to see an old photo of the theater itsellf

priscianusjr on February 26, 2011 at 10:20 pm

Thanks Fatman and peetgirl. Evidently the theatre I was looking for was the Liberty.
They give the address as 61 Liberty Avenue. “It had a second entrance on Stone Avenue.”

TLSLOEWS on February 3, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Thanks for the information Fatman and peetgirl.

shi725 on February 3, 2011 at 2:42 pm

@Fatman, Have you ever went to they have pictures of brownsville up to 1952. I went to david marcus j.h.s 263 and Clara Barton h.s. was the blake ave market in E.N.Y.? I remember a carpet store on rockaway, lived on rockaway bet sutter and blake.

FatMan1059 on February 3, 2011 at 7:05 am

@peetgirl I lived, worked or played in Brownsville, Ocean hill and ENY for many years. I love to learn and know about what was there before me. I remember bakers were bakers, grocers were grocers, etc. I went to JHS 64 and FK Lane. I am part of an FK LANE HS group on facebook, I maintain a JHS 64 page on MySpace and I belong to “Places in NYC and LI that are no more” group. I am sharing a photo of Belmont Avenue where my parents went to shop once a month, I am looking for photos of Blake Avenue pushcarts also. I know the area of the Howard houses well also since I had a sponsor a Carpet Store on Rockaway Avenue, lived on Pacific St and a friend of mind had a garage on Stone and ENY Ave. Take a look at:

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shi725 on February 2, 2011 at 11:43 am

@ fatman saw the picture, was demolished before i was born ( 1944).
Family moved to brownsville in 1947, one of the first families in brownsville housing project, but i know the area.the Dr. Betty Shabazz public school( formly p.s 298) and a park is there now, it is surrounded by the Howard houses projects.

FatMan1059 on February 2, 2011 at 6:36 am

The Liberty Theater was located on Liberty Ave between Stone Avenue and and Watkins Street according to the picture I saw on the NYPL site. It was demolished in 1942 and the picture shown is during the demolished, here is the link: View link

shi725 on February 1, 2011 at 9:31 pm

Lost memory, you answered my mind was trying to think of the name of the supermarket(royal farms) that was first built there, use to shop there, thanks. The liberty theater was probably located were the howard housing projects is now located.

FatMan1059 on February 2, 2010 at 1:05 pm

I found a NYPL picture from 1941 of what appears to be the STONE on Stone Ave.
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kencmcintyre on November 26, 2008 at 6:20 pm

The Stone Theater was listed in the 1940 Brooklyn yellow pages. Phone number was DIckns 2-9590.

priscianusjr on June 16, 2008 at 1:30 pm

Giuliana Bruno, in her book, Streetwalking on a Ruined Map (1993), page 124, refers to Italian films shown “in Brooklyn at the Liberty Theater on Liberty and Stone avenues.” I was interested in the question because I was trying to decipher a poor-quality copy of WWI draft registration (Sept. 12, 1918) of a musician who at that time was employed at the Liberty Theater. That much is clear. The address is harder to read, but I’m sure it says “Stone Ave Brkyn.”

muray on August 14, 2005 at 11:43 am

On March 3, 1943 a group af army inductees, including myself,congregated at the Stone Theater and left by bus for Fort Dix, NJ. My mother bid me a tearful goodby at the curb as we pulled out.

cheap on December 21, 2004 at 10:42 am

the stone was a small but moderne movie house thatmostly was a second run theatre
the movie next to it was the reo
that was the pits
and they featured grade z everything
both closed sometime in the 50s
and the guy who owned and operated the reo still had more initiave than most of us

albert peckmam