Aster Theater

246 Broadway,
Brooklyn, NY 11211

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Willburg145 on October 5, 2012 at 4:33 pm

This building and some others have been demolished. I am sure they’re going to put up apartments. I will try and get there and take some pictures. The old Williamsburgh Playhouse, now a 99 cent store, is all that remains of the many theaters that once stood along Broadway.

Bway on April 27, 2009 at 10:48 am

At least the lobby portion of the Aster appears to be a chinese restaurant. I don’t know what the auditorium is today:

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jflundy on November 27, 2008 at 10:29 am

I have seen 8mm movies of the last day of operation of the Utica-Reid carline in early 1951 and the Aster marquee can be seen in the background of a shot of a Car turning, but it is not clear enough to see if it still was open or not.

kencmcintyre on November 26, 2008 at 10:57 pm

Listed as the Square Theater in the 1940 Brooklyn yellow pages. Phone number was EVergrn 4-7834.

anniegurl on July 12, 2006 at 8:27 am

I do not remember this movie. It was gone by the time I was a kid growing up in Williamsburgh in the 50’s. I do remember the Concord Cafeteria and the Bowling Alley next door and the Coat Store that was next to the Cafeteria. I am sure many of my Aunt’s friends would remember the Aster Theater. Anniegirl.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 11, 2006 at 5:54 pm

The actual auditorium is at the rear of the two shop units and I believe runs parallel to Broadway. It can’t be seen from the angle I took the photograph. It is about the same height as the entrance block which is currently the restaurant.

I believe the configuration of the theatre was…enter through the foyer and then turn left into the auditorium. The projection booth would be in a raised room at the end of the foyer.

Bway on July 11, 2006 at 5:18 pm

That theater must have had a very low ceiling!

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 11, 2006 at 4:18 pm

Here is a recent(June 2006) photograph I took of the Plaza/New Broadway/Square/Aster Theater:

noelea on June 19, 2006 at 5:13 pm

Dear Astyanax. No I only remember the Alba and the Graham. Debovoise Street was in that neighborhood of those theaters. The Alba was a Spanish Moviehouse. The Graham was further down Graham Ave and Grand Street. Anniegirl

Astyanax on June 19, 2006 at 7:44 am

Louieb – could the theater that you were referring to on Apr. 5th have been the Folly? There is a listing for it on CT with the address of 15 Debevoise St. This would have placed it within sight of the Broadway/Flushing Ave. intersection and the elevated station, one short block away.

noelea on June 12, 2006 at 11:46 am

I showed my pic’s of Brooklyn Memories to my daughter’s Wedding guests and the pic’s of the Aster Theater. They are in their late 70’s and they remember the Aster Theater next to the Concord Cafeteria and the Bowling Alley upstairs. Great Memeories shared by all. Anniegirl

noelea on June 12, 2006 at 11:44 am

Dear Astyanax, yes I remember the Alba but I never saw the lights on the marquee at night. But I do remember the Graham’s marquee lights were light in Green. I thought the color was beautiful as a kid. My Aunt’s used to shop at Charles Stores which was on Grand and Graham. Fun growing up in Williamsburgh in the 50’s. Anniegirl

Astyanax on June 12, 2006 at 8:22 am

The Graham was actually on Graham at the Grand St. intersection. The Graham Ave. street numbers begin at Broadway as do most streets in the area that radiate from that thoroughfare. As for the color of the neon marquee, the Alba’s lights were primarily red & black.

Bway on June 12, 2006 at 7:41 am

Louie, there is a page for the Graham:

louieb on April 5, 2006 at 12:37 pm

Dear Bway. how about the Graham Theater? I remember the Name Sign was written in Green (GRAHAM). The ALBA was a Spanish language theater when I was a kid. And Yes it was demolished for the Woodhull hospital. that hospital looks like a monstrosity when you pass it on the J or M train at Flushing Avenue. Anniegirl.
posted by louieb on Apr 5th 2006

Bway on April 5, 2006 at 7:50 am

The Alba has a page on this site, and is discussed a little bit on it’s page. The Alba was demolished for WOodhull Hospital.
Where was the Flushing Theater too there? Where Woodhull Hospital is too? I think I heard there was a theater there. “Flushing” is not on the site though if it was there. Perhaps you mean the Rogers Theater a block or two west?

louieb on April 4, 2006 at 10:56 am

Bway Hi. The Williamsburgh Bank is now HSBC. When I was a kid I used to have a savings account thru Transfirguation RC School. We used to save each week at the bank. Can u imagine that. I guess you are right. I was talking to someone else on another theater thread and he mentioned the Wilson Theater. I never heard of it either. However does anyone remember the Graham or Alba Theater on Graham Ave and Broadway and the Alba on Flushing and Broadway. Anniegirl louieb’s wife.
posted by louieb Apr 4th 2006

Bway on April 4, 2006 at 8:21 am

Here’s a current aerial image of Roebling and Broadway. Peter Luger Steakhouse is on the right, near the old Williamsburg Savings Bank.
Where was the Wilson Theater, it appears the only place it could have been is where that flat low building with silver roof is at the corner of Roebling and Bway.

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Bway on April 4, 2006 at 8:16 am

Louie, I don’t think the Wilson Theater at Bway and Roebling has even been added to the site yet. If you have even minimal information or remebrances of it, can you add it to the site using the “Add a Theater” link on the left?

louieb on April 4, 2006 at 7:55 am

Anybody have any pic’s of the Wilson Theater located on Broadway and Roebling Street. Anniegirl
posted by louieb Apr 4, 2006

Bway on March 31, 2005 at 7:07 pm

Here’s a photo I took yesterday that is a current shot of the same angle posted above of the Aster:

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EMarkisch on October 29, 2004 at 11:39 am

Marquee should reeAd:

romerol on October 29, 2004 at 11:16 am

Can’t make out the top portion, but I think the bottom reads
“always a good show”.

RobertR on October 29, 2004 at 11:10 am

Does anyone know what the marquee is saying?

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[Deleted] on October 29, 2004 at 9:21 am

The last listing for this theatre shown as open is 1950.