Reo Theatre

375 Stone Avenue,
Brownsville,
Brooklyn, NY 11212

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Reo Theatre

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The New Singer Theatre was located on Stone Avenue, now called Mother Gaston Boulevard, in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn. It was opened by 1914 and a Kramer organ was installed in 19129. In 1925, a Wurltizer 2 manual 4 ranks organ was installed.

In 1941 it was renamed Reo Theatre which closed in 1957. It is now in use as a 99c value store.

Contributed by Lost Memory

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 23, 2004 at 8:26 am

I believe that the Reo Theatre opened in the early 40’s and closed around 1955. It was located on the same street as the Stone Theatre which outlasted the Reo. The Stone Theatre is listed as closing around 1964.

JHB
JHB on April 29, 2005 at 5:17 pm

Ahh the Reo! I remember this theater being one of the big three.
Well not really big, but the most enjoyable. Growing up in the 50s
in Brownsville was a movie fans paradise.

The three movie houses I refer to were the Reo, Palace and the Peoples Cinema. These theaters always had three features, 5 to 10
cartoons, a short Joe behind the eightball or the three stoges. Not
to mention what we held our breath for every week. The Serial!!
You also had a newsreel and to top that off Previews of Coming
attractions. Now if this wasen’t wort 15 or 20 cents I guess I don't
know what is.

I also have a question on Saratoga Ave. and I believe it was Dean
street there was a small theater. I remember them showing silent
movies in the early 50s. If anyone can remember the name I would
like to know.

KenRoe
KenRoe on April 29, 2005 at 5:40 pm

The Reo Theatre is listed in the 1941 Film Daily Yearbook (address given as Pitkin & Stone). Later F.D.Y.’s give the correct address as listed here. Seating capacities vary from 516 to 596.

It is not listed in the 1957 edition of F.D.Y.

lillians100
lillians100 on June 21, 2005 at 7:59 am

If my memory serves me correctly there were two theaters on Stone Ave next to one another. The Reo, I believe was used many times for fund raising for the IWO Jewish schools. Is there anyone still around that remembers this

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 21, 2005 at 9:05 am

The theater that your probably thinking of is the Stone Theater which is also listing on this site. Click here:
/theaters/8425/

KenRoe
KenRoe on November 6, 2007 at 3:04 pm

Opened by the year 1926 and operating as the New Singer Theater until about 1930.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 7, 2007 at 12:11 pm

I can’t find another Singer Theater listed for Brooklyn on this site so I’ll post this here. A Kramer theater organ was installed in a Singer Theater in 1919. On 7/17/1925 a Wurlitzer opus 1105 style B X was installed in a Singer Theater in Brooklyn, NY. Maybe this theater was named Singer before it became the New Singer Theater.

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