Stone Theatre

389 Stone Avenue,
Brownsville,
Brooklyn, NY 11212

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Carminel
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
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
priscianusjr on February 26, 2011 at 10:20 pm

Thanks Fatman and peetgirl. Evidently the theatre I was looking for was the Liberty.
/theaters/27260/
They give the address as 61 Liberty Avenue. “It had a second entrance on Stone Avenue.”

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on February 3, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Thanks for the information Fatman and peetgirl.

shi725
shi725 on February 3, 2011 at 2:42 pm

@Fatman, Have you ever went to brooklynpix.com 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
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:

View link

shi725
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
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
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
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
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.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 16, 2008 at 2:21 pm

After looking at the Google map, both the Stone and Reo Theater would have been approximately two blocks south of Liberty Avenue so probably neither theater is the Liberty Theater. I did find a story in the NY Times that mentions a Liberty Theater at 67 Liberty Avenue. That address would map very close to Stone and Liberty Avenues.

Free preview of article in NY Times January 28, 1937

Theatre in Brooklyn Leased.

The State Mortgage Commission leased the Liberty Theatre at 67 Liberty Avenue, Brooklyn, to a client of Albert Strauss, who plans to open it about March 1. The property will be rehabilitated and an income produced for the first time since 1933 for certificate holders.

priscianusjr
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.”

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 12, 2007 at 9:06 am

In February of 1914, the NY Times mentions Marcus Loew’s new Liberty Theater in East New York, a motion-picture and vaudeville house. Location given is Stone and Liberty Avenues. The entrance was on Stone Avenue. Could Liberty be another name for the Stone Theater or was the Liberty a different theater?

MOB BESETS THEATRE FOR A FIRE NEAR BY; Relatives of the Folk in Loew’s Playhouse Couldn’t' Believe It Wasn’t Ablaze.

NY Times February 22, 1914

Weeping in alarm, hundreds of women ran through the streets of East New York last night to Stone and Liberty Avenues, where their loved ones had gone to Marcus Loew’s new Liberty Theatre, a motion-picture and vaudeville house. A red glare mounting against the sky had convinced them that the theatre was afire.

The theater was not on fire. The fire was actually in a six story building nearby.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 28, 2005 at 1:51 pm

A Wurlitzer organ Opus 331 Style 210 was installed in the Stone Theater on 7/10/1920.

muray
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.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 21, 2005 at 9:27 am

The current building at this address shows a build date of 1920. A document that I found from April 1967 lists the owners as the Stone Amusement Corp. and Metropolitan Playhouses Inc. In 1967 they leased the building to Royal Farms Inc for twenty years. In the lease it states “Premises shall be converted to a fully equipped modern supermarket”. In 2003, it was listed as an Associated food store.

cheap
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