Harbor Theatre

9215 4th Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11209

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Additional Info

Previously operated by: Interboro Circuit Inc.

Architects: Charles A. Sandblom

Functions: Gymnasium

Styles: Art Deco

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Harbor Theatre exterior

The Harbor Theatre was opened on August 19, 1935 and was part of the Interboro chain. But when the chain was sold to Loew’s, this theatre closed on June 26, 1979 with Sally Field in “Norma Rae”. It was converted into the Harbor Racquetball Club with the locker rooms replacing the balcony and the courts on the orchestra level.

It later closed again and was turned into a fur showroom. This business didn’t last long, and it closed again, later to be converted into a gym (without the racquetball courts).

The Harbor Theatre sign adorned the side wall for years and still might be partially there as you approach the building from 96th Street.

Contributed by philipgoldberg

Recent comments (view all 34 comments)

kencmcintyre on November 26, 2008 at 7:42 pm

Listed in the 1940 Brooklyn yellow pages. Phone number was SHor Rd 8-4900.

RXD on December 16, 2009 at 5:51 pm

Correct me if I’m wrong but didn’t the Harbor have an interior mosaic
wall with an undersea theme? Of all things to remember – sheesh!
The mosaic was not in the auditorium… probably between the lobby
and area behind the last row of orchestra seats.

DJM78 on January 7, 2012 at 5:32 pm

On the corner of 92 St. & 4 Av there was a White Castle. This White Castle was just a few feet from the Harbor Theatre. I’m pretty sure it was the White Castle in Saturday Night Fever. First the Harbor Theatre closed then the White Castle. Two sad days in Bay Ridge history.

RobertR on May 25, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Any thoughts on why Loew’s didn’t want this theatre?

DJM78 on June 19, 2012 at 6:11 pm

Nice photo!! Do you have any more classic shots of Bay Ridge/Dyker Heights theaters?

tomricci on October 27, 2016 at 10:17 am

Wow I loved this theater as a child I would walk a few blocks with my friends on Saturdays to see a movie I was about 9 in 1972 It was safe back then in Bay Ridge. My mother brought me to see The Poseidon Adventure. I also remember the Manager Steve Zeller I believe, he was so nice he give me posters after the movie had its run. Remember staying all day watching What’s Up Doc and got in trouble for not being home on time. Saw Dawn of the Dead, Halloween, the Exorcist, Superman, Beneath The Planet Of the Apes, Bluebeard just to name a few.

tomricci on October 27, 2016 at 1:01 pm

Are you sure Norma Rae was the last film? Norma Rae was released in March of 79, I remember seeing Beyond The Poseidon Adventure there May 18th, and it was at that time the manager told me the theater would be closing in a month.

HomecrestGuy on January 29, 2019 at 9:26 pm

Photo added to CT Gallery.

50sSNIPES on July 23, 2021 at 12:21 pm

The actual opening date is July 19, 1935. I can’t find what attraction the theater first opened.

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