Marathon Theater

188 Prospect Park W.,
Brooklyn, NY 11215

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The Marathon Theater first opened in 1908 and is listed in the American Motion Picture Directory;1914-1915 edition at 188 Prospect Park Avenue in the Park Slope distict of Brooklyn. The Film Daily Yearbook editions of 1926 and 1927 still have the theatre listed at that address with a seating capcity of 600.

A Wurlitzer theater organ opus 1816 style "E" was installed in the Marathon Theater on 12/19/1927. However, this would have been a very short run for the organ as the Marathon Theatre was torn down in 1928 and the much larger Sanders Theatre was built on the site.

Today the address is 188 Prospect Park W. and the Sanders Theatre was in operation as the Pavilion Theatre (now subdivided into 9-screens) until closing in October 2016 to be converted into a 7-screen Nitehawk Cinema.

Contributed by Lost Memory, Ken Roe

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DJM78 on January 7, 2012 at 12:39 am

When I was a young kid my uncle lived at 1 Prospect Park southwest. The theatre was just across the street. I remember it being closed for awhile. There are times that I still call it the Sanders because of my uncle and parents. The Pavilion isn’t the closest theatre to my house however I still go there because of it’s classic look and feel

mrivlin on December 31, 2016 at 10:31 pm

My grandmother told us about how the Sanders family, which owned this theater before replacing it with the Sanders in 1928, used to invite children at the Kane Street Synagogue in Cobble Hill, of which they were members, to the theater for free when she was growing up in the early 1900s.

There is also a story in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle from September 20, 1915 describing how Rudolph Sanders received a suspended sentences for illegally allowing minors to perform at the Marathon Theater.

His 1959 New York Times obituary, says that Rudolph Sanders was formerly a director of the Independent Theatre Owners Association the Motion Picture Theatre Owners of Brooklyn previously owned the Globe and Normandie theaters, neither of which I have been able to find.

robboehm on January 1, 2017 at 1:03 am

There are closed theatres called Normandie (later Carver) and Globe on Cinema Treasures. No indication of the name Sanders associated with either of these, however.

Kannapolis on July 7, 2017 at 9:13 pm

The Globe Theater was on 15th St just above 5th Ave. We rarely went there. The Sanders was closer to home. It closed mid 1950s. I remember the last time I saw a movie there. Must have been some weird monster movie. My brother loved them and he had to take me! As my brother and I left we realized I Love Lucy was starting in 10 minutes and we ran all the way home

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