Park Theater

4322 5th Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11232

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Previously operated by: B.S. Moss Enterprises, Interboro Circuit Inc.

Architects: Thomas White Lamb

Functions: Retail

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Park Theater

Located in the Sunset Park district, and built on the site of the Sunset Airdome(1914), the Park Theatre was opened in December 1915 by B.S. Moss. A 2 manual/6rank Wurlitzer organ was installed in September 1923. Closed in 1965, the old Park Theater on 5th Avenue is now a supermarket.

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William on November 15, 2003 at 11:06 am

The Park Theatre was located at 4322 5th Ave. and it seated 1308 people.

HomegaMan on June 22, 2004 at 9:49 am

The Park Theater was where my Mom and dad went to as teenagers. It became a Bohacks supermarket in the late 60’s and then a Key Food in the 70’s. Everytime I go there I sneak off to the bathroom which maintains it’s movie theater style. It feels like you just steped into a Time warp. I grew up on 445-43rd street right down the block.

gzoltowski on July 15, 2004 at 7:31 pm

I am about to get some info about the theater, which I hope to share. The last movie shown was “Baby the Rain Must Fall” with Steve McQueen during the summer of 1965, the year my family move to Sunset Park.

jflundy on July 22, 2004 at 10:29 am

In the 1920’s and early 1930’s the Park was considered a first class neighborhood theater. It was the first in Sunset Park/South Brooklyn area to put in mechanical air conditioning. It was not cheap to do this and this was in the depth of the Depression. It cost $25,000 in June of 1934 when job was completed. Back then a paper cost 2 or 3 cents, bread was 11 cents a loaf and coffee a nickel a cup with free refill. If you were rich you could by a new Dodge or Chevrolet for less than $800. That $25,000 was close to half a million in today dollars.

Air conditioning was a big deal in those days. No stores or homes in the area had it. Most people still had ice boxes not refrigerators and few had electric fans. This really helped the theater in attracting patrons from the competition in hot weather. To build the tip they ran a special 10 cent admission policy for all before 2PM on weekdays.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 10, 2004 at 12:17 pm

The Park Theatre opened in 1915.

BklynRob on April 30, 2005 at 1:35 pm

I remember seeing a double feature"Horror Hotel"& “Burn Witch Burn” at the Park. It was across from Sunset park. I use to have friends who lived on 45th St. and remember the Park very well.

frankie on October 25, 2005 at 10:59 am

When I went to Xaverian High in Bay Ridge and lived on 22nd Street (across the street from where I live now), I went to the Park to see Susan Hayward (formerly Edythe Marrener of Church Avenue) in “I Want To Live !” I’ll never forget the poster on the side of the Park advertising “The Long, Hot Summer.” The ad copy for Angela Lansbury’s character Minnie read: “She just couldn’t help lovin' that man” ! The “man” was, of course, Orson Welles. Every time I pass the building on the #63 bus I think of these things.

jflundy on February 18, 2007 at 3:55 am

Here is a photo from the 1949 taken from 44th St and 5th Avenue.

DJM78 on January 20, 2012 at 2:07 pm

As of January 2012 the exterior of the building looks much different than the photo at the top of this page. The Key Food pictured above has had a complete exterior renovation.I’m pretty sure the inside has been renovated as well.

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