Newkirk Theatre

597 E. 16th Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11226

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Architects: William I. Hohauser

Previous Names: T.N.F. Theatre, Cinema Theatre

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Newkirk Theatre

The T.N.F. Theatre, a neighborhood house, stood on E. 16th Street at Newkirk Avenue. It was opened August 17, 1910. It was renamed Newkirk Theatre in 1924. In 1928 it was redecorated & refurbished and a Robert Morton organ was installed. It reopened February 24, 1928 with Mary Pickford in “My Best Girl”.

The interior was remodeled by architect William I. Hohauser in 1938 and was renamed Cinema Theatre to its closure in 1940. It has been demolished.

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v12f on July 7, 2004 at 1:00 am

On the site now is the D train station and a bunch of stores on what they call Newkirk Plaza which I think goes from East 16st to East 18st from Foster ave to Newkirk ave.

jflundy on July 7, 2004 at 1:30 am

The Newkirk Theater was located over the BRT Brighton Line Newkirk Avenue station circa 1916 to 1933. This was an express stop on the rapid transit system from downtown Brooklyn to Coney Island. In 1922 the BRT became the BMT and then in 1940 the BMT Division of the Board of Transportation of the City of New York and circa 1953 the Transit Authority. The nearby Leader Theater on Coney Island Avenue which was newer, bigger and better spelled the doom of this small house.

jflundy on December 22, 2007 at 10:52 am

The Newkirk Theater was open during 1937. It may have been closed for a time between 1933 and 1937. Does anyone know if it was open after 1937 ?

matt11209 on March 2, 2018 at 7:39 am

Actually, the Newkirk Theater was NOT located over the Brighton Line Newkirk Ave station. It was across the street of East 16, on the east side of East 16th. The station on Newkirk Plaza is on the west side of the street, between East 16th and Marlborough Road. An A&P supermarket was there in the 1960s and presently, there is a C Town.

HomecrestGuy on January 23, 2019 at 12:57 am

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