Fortway Theatre

6720 Fort Hamilton Parkway,
Brooklyn, NY 11219

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Previously operated by: Fox Circuit, Interboro Circuit Inc., Loews Cineplex

Architects: Charles A. Sandblom

Functions: Supermarket

Styles: Atmospheric, Italian Renaissance

Previous Names: Fox Fortway Theatre

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Fortway Theatre exterior

Opened on October 21 1927 with Pat O'Mally in “The Rose of Kildare” plus four acts of vaudeville on the stage. This medium sized movie theatre had a beautiful Atmospheric style interior, where electric stars used to twinkle on the dark blue ceiling. The Fortway Theatre originally had a Kilgen 3 manual 9 ranks theatre organ. There was a small stage in front of the proscenium. The theatre was triplexed in the 1970’s, and divided into a 5-screen multiplex in 1982.

The Fortway Theatre was closed by Loews Cineplex in June of 2005, and in June 2007 it was converted into a supermarket.

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Recent comments (view all 109 comments)

DJM78 on August 25, 2014 at 3:43 am

EJC513…..It’s late August and this is the first time that I’m seeing your post. I hope that the project went well and I hope that it’s still being displayed. I worked at the Fortway for a few years and I had a blast.

theatrefan on June 2, 2015 at 11:51 pm

This theatre was equipped with 70MM film projection capabilities, which was pretty rare at the time for a nabe theatre at the time. Even towards the end of it’s existence it was still in pretty good shape and well maintained by Loews Cineplex. I think we are almost at the 10 year anniversary mark of it’s closing.

HomecrestGuy on September 7, 2016 at 12:45 am

Nice theater in it’s day. The last time I was there, over 20 years ago, the A/C broke down, on a hot day, and those who wanted to leave, including my wife and I,
received a refund.

DJM78 on January 19, 2017 at 1:52 am

20 years ago….I was working there. The A/C constantly broke down. Even those “bad” memories are actually good memories. I really miss that place.

theatrefan on January 24, 2017 at 4:38 pm

It really is a shame it’s gone, it was a very nice theatre to catch a film. I wonder if there is anything left after it became the supermarket?

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on January 24, 2017 at 5:12 pm

That auditorium looks so wide; how was it divided for the triplex, and then where were the other two added screens?

theatrefan on January 24, 2017 at 6:10 pm

As a Five-plex I remember the main auditorium level had two smaller screens carved out on the extreme left & right side, what is the center section in the photo was the big main auditorium which sort of had the shape of a Y, there were also two theatres in the original balcony section as well. Flanking the original proscenium were these two female figures that I had taken pictures of, I will have to post it here, I nicknamed them the “Nymphs of Celluloid” I wonder whatever happened to them? There is also a photo of them in Ben Hall’s Book: The Best Remaining Seats.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on August 15, 2019 at 2:13 pm

Listed as Fox Fortway in 1930 neighborhood directory displayed here

ridethectrain on July 4, 2023 at 7:23 pm

Pleas update, total seats 1792 Theatre 1. 526 Theatre 2. 423 (Balcony) Theatre 3. 421 (Balcony) Theatre 4. 212 Theatre 5. 210

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