Bell Cinema

801 Washington Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11238

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amby_moho on November 1, 2021 at 1:46 am

This looks to have sadly been demolished and turned into a high-rise apartment by about 2017.

Astyanax on November 27, 2008 at 3:26 am

Fascinating that specialty films ran in several Brooklyn neighborhoods in theaters like the Bell, the Astor, the St. George.

jflundy on April 5, 2007 at 7:49 pm

In 1937 there was a Crystal Theater listed in the Brooklyn telephone directory located at 327 Washington Avenue in Brooklyn. Does anyone know anything about it being listed under another name in a different time period ?

ataplow on August 6, 2006 at 1:10 am

Actually it was known as the Bell Cinema. It had a very ‘art deco’ marquee – very modern back then. I lived around the corner on Eastern Parkway when they opened it – 1936 or thereabouts sounds about right. Didn’t go too often as a kid unless I was with my parents seeing something they wanted to see. My only vivid memory is seeing Kind Hearts & Coronets while sitting in the balcony – I guess around 1949 or thereabouts.

Alan Taplow