Nostrand Theatre

2817 Nostrand Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11234

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Additional Info

Previously operated by: Century Theaters

Architects: John Adolph Emil Eberson

Functions: Gymnasium

Styles: Art Deco

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Nostrand Theatre - Nostrand Avenue

The Nostrand Theatre was a first-run neighborhood house and was run by the Century Theaters chain of Floral Park, NY. It had a small balcony. It opened on December 26, 1938 with Deanna Durbin in “That Certain Age” and Anne Shirley in “A Man to Remember”.

The theatre closed in 1984 and reopened as a furniture store, before finding its recent function as an Empire Gym.

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Recent comments (view all 44 comments)

Decoman36 on October 1, 2012 at 1:27 am

Here is another link, to the gym’s main website with photos. They really did a nice job fixing up this place.

Willburg145 on May 6, 2013 at 9:26 pm

What a shame there aren’t more vintage pictures of the interior of old movie theatre. My wish list: The Commodore,Williamsburgh,The Marcy, The Rainbow.

ShortEnds on April 9, 2017 at 1:14 pm

Due to it’s proximity to Marine Park, The Nostrand proved to be the go to theater for many of the denizens of the area, including the Sgandurra family of Burnett Street, indeed with four children it was almost a certainty that Saturday mornings would find some of them joyfully ensconced within the confines of those well cushioned 980 seats.

hondo on April 9, 2017 at 1:41 pm

Agreed! The old theater smell is unique and unmistakable. I miss it.

Guodone on September 25, 2020 at 6:43 am

I remember seeing 101 Dalmatians and Mary Poppins here. We had to stand in line for Mary Poppins for about an hour. My sister, mother and a friend saw West Side Story here. I don’t remember a lot about the inside of the theater. I was in grade school back then and didn’t pay much attention to that type of thing, I just wanted to see the movie. The one thing I remember the most about my early movie going years was the smell of the popcorn. (sometimes mixed with the faint smell of cigarette smoke)

Decoman36 on June 11, 2021 at 5:04 pm

Here is a much nicer virtual tour of this former theater than I had previously posted several years ago. I love that it looks like it can be easily turned back into a theater in the future. I’m not sure how to make links clickable here. If somebody knows how, please do so in another post, thanks! I’ll give it a try myself.



robboehm on June 12, 2021 at 10:55 am

Ken, that is really an impressive use of the space.

Decoman36 on June 12, 2021 at 11:09 am

Thank you for reposting a clickable link ken!

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