Classic Theatre

180 Tompkins Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11206

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Classic Theater, Brooklyn, NY

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The theatre may or may not have been a classic, but it served its neighborhood well for many years with late-run double features. The Classic Theatre was opened in 1916. In 1923 it was equipped with a Wurlitzer 2manual 3ranks theatre organ. The Classic Theatre was closed in 1942.

Contributed by Warren G. Harris

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Bway on March 31, 2005 at 3:58 pm

Did the same owners run both the Wyckoff Theater and the Classic Theater?

The buildings are identical twins!!!

Click here for a photo of the Wyckoff (linked above), and compare to the classic linked above.

Bway on March 31, 2005 at 4:05 pm

I’m sorry, I posted a bad link to the Classic Theater Above:

Here is the proper link for the Classic Theater photo

Bway on March 31, 2005 at 4:16 pm

Argh!!! One last time, this time I promise it’s the right link!

Click here for the proper link to the Classic Theater Photo I took

Astyanax on April 2, 2005 at 5:58 am

Thanks Warren for the posting, Bway for the photo. Over the years I have passed by this theatre innumerable times, never realizing its history. As much as we appreciate the role of the ornate movie palaces, the simple, often non-descript “storefront” movie houses played a vital role in the neighborshoods they served.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 2, 2005 at 3:47 pm

In July of 1927 there is a 576 motion picture theater listed at this address. In August of 1944 there is a factory listed for this address.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 28, 2005 at 1:34 pm

A Wurlitzer organ Opus 717 Style 105 was installed in the Classic Theater on 10/18/1923.

Bway on June 13, 2006 at 6:33 am

I wonder if they put one into the Wyckoff the same year. The buildings are 100% identical.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 9, 2007 at 6:56 pm

BROOKLYN THEATRE BOUGHT BY CHAIN; The Classic on Tompkins Ave. Is Sold for $35,000 Subject to Existing Lease

NY Times December 25, 1939

The Classic Theatre, a one-story building containing 600 seats, at 180 Tompkins Avenue, corner of Pulaski Street, Brooklyn, was sold by the Perlmutter Holding Corporation to the S.R.F. Amusement Corporation, a subsidiary of the Interborough Theatre, Inc., a chain controlling forty-eight theatres in the metropolitan area.

Bway on April 30, 2009 at 10:49 am

Here’s a google street view of the Classic. it’s a twin to the Wyckoff theater in Ridgewood/Bushwick, although the Wyckoff is in better shape, at least on the exterior:

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Willburg145 on June 21, 2011 at 1:15 pm

I remember the Wycoff during its final days as a theater company run by a community group but not sure of the name. I should have gone in but never did. I believe it still had the marquee up.

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