Coliseum Theatre

5205 4th Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11220

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Previously operated by: Interboro Circuit Inc., Randforce Amusement Corp.

Architects: Matthew W. Del Gaudio

Functions: Church

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Brooklyn 1970

This one-time Interboro/Randforce theatre stands on 4th Avenue and 54th Street in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The 1,102-seat Coliseum Theatre opened in February 1922. Ornate with a balcony, the theatre ran double features for many years. When the neighborhood became more Latino, the theatre changed its policy by running Spanish language films. It was then taken over by a new owner in the 1980’s who ran first-run fare there.

He quaded the building in 1986, reducing the total capacity to 768-seats. It was closed in 1990.

The theatre was later bought by the Alahambra Church and has been restored.

Contributed by philipgoldberg

Recent comments (view all 17 comments)

kencmcintyre on September 6, 2007 at 5:21 pm

This was an Interboro Circuit theater in the early sixties. The president of Interboro was Solomon Strausberg and the vice-president was Morris Strausberg. Here is a list of the other Interboro theaters circa 1963:

Brooklyn – Canarsie, Coliseum, Fortway, Harbor, Kismet, Park, Peerless, State, Sumner, Williamsburg
Bronx – Dover, Deluxe, Fenway, Freeman, Vogue
Long Island-Elmhurst – Elmwood
Flushing – Main Street, Playhouse, Parsons
Forest Hills – Trylon
Laurelton – Laurelton
St. Albans – Linden
Woodside – Hobart

blindbat on November 10, 2007 at 4:08 pm

Bob mentioned how Jerry Lewis apeared on stage at the Coliseum in 1961. I was in the balcony that day. I was 11.

BobFurmanek on November 15, 2007 at 6:50 am

Larry: Any memories of the event?

fred1 on November 15, 2007 at 8:21 am

A Fenway theater in the bronx uimangible , what next an Yankee theater in Boston .

BobFurmanek on February 4, 2009 at 11:59 am

On Friday January 26, 1962, the Three Stooges (Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Curly-Joe DeRita) embarked on a three day promotional tour for their latest feature film, THE THREE STOOGES MEET HERCULES. They were accompanied by “The Herculean Giant” (almost 8 foot tall Dave Ballard) and popular DJ Clay Cole, who was one of the stars of the co-feature, TWIST AROUND THE CLOCK.

On Saturday January 27, they appeared at the RKO Coliseum at 4:05 PM.

amboy554 on October 16, 2010 at 2:57 pm

My parent made me go see the Menudo movie there. My sister wanted to go see it. That was 1982?

robboehm on May 18, 2015 at 7:47 pm

Photo from Brooklyn Pics uploaded.

Willburg145 on August 27, 2017 at 10:33 am

I wonder how the congregation feels about someone coming in and taking pictures? I would love to see the interior.

HomecrestGuy on December 10, 2018 at 4:55 am

Photo from 1939-41, sourced from the NYC tax photo collection, added to gallery.

ridethectrain on September 16, 2023 at 11:05 pm

Please update, total seats 768

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