Comet Theatre

856 Gates Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11221

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Bway on April 27, 2009 at 7:43 am

I believe this is the site of the old Comet:

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kencmcintyre on November 26, 2008 at 6:49 pm

The Comet was listed at 852 Gates in the 1940 phone book, but with a different phone number than 1937, GLenmor 2-4800.

arthurmike on October 2, 2007 at 10:34 am

There was a Comic Movie House on Gates Avenue just off Reid Avenue when I was a kid.

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Mike (saps) on August 20, 2007 at 9:58 am

Is this the same Comet? View link

jflundy on August 2, 2006 at 12:57 pm

There is a listing for the Comet Theater at 852 Gates Avenue in the 1937 Brooklyn phone book. Jefferson 3-5529.

Bway on June 12, 2006 at 4:09 am

The Comet was demolished to build a large apartment building. Here’s the site of the Comet Theater. The Southeast corner of Gates and Malcom X Blvd:

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bamtino on June 2, 2005 at 7:22 pm

This theatre was know as the Comet no later than October 1935 (there was slight fire damage reported in the New York Times).

Bway on November 11, 2004 at 8:45 am

Just to add though….it was far from a small theater! It was pretty palatial, and at least 2000 seats!

Bway on November 11, 2004 at 8:44 am

I know exactly which theater you mean. That was the Broadway Theater, aka Loews Broadway.
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Scholes188 on November 11, 2004 at 8:37 am

I am curious to know any info on a theater was located on Broadway and Myrtle in Brooklyn. It was demolished a few years ago after being vacant for many years. I seem to recall that it was known as El Teatro Rio Piedra, a Puerto Rican theater. I went to a christmas show there many years ago, the mid 1070’s. I remember that it was a very small theater.

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[Deleted] on October 24, 2004 at 4:02 pm

The Comet theatre doesnt appear in the FDYB until 1940. You are correct in stating that the Comet did open as the United States theatre in 1923.

Bway on October 24, 2004 at 2:43 pm

Where on Gates Ave were the Amusu and the Thompkins? I am going to assume that the Tompkins was at Gates and Tompkins.
Are these on the site here yet? If you know anything on these two theaters maybe you could add them. I would, but know nothing about them.

Orlando on October 24, 2004 at 1:57 pm

The Amusu and Tompkins Theatres are on Gates Avenue. One I didn’t locate was the Princess at 404 Gates Avenue.

Orlando on October 24, 2004 at 1:55 pm

This theatre had several names prior to the Comet. It was known as the United States when it opened in the early 1920’s and then as the New Gates in 1928 (U.S. Gates) even though Loew’s had the name on their building. It had closed for awhile when the Loew’s Gates opened in 1924/5. It was renamed the Comet in the mid to late 1930’s. The building has been demolished but the Amusu and Tompkins Theatres are still standing.

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[Deleted] on October 24, 2004 at 1:12 pm

I show a listing of 600 seats for the Comet theatre.

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[Deleted] on October 24, 2004 at 11:41 am

The Comet theatre open in 1940 and closed in 1955.