Sheldon Theatre

1648 Sheepshead Bay Road,
Brooklyn, NY 11235

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Previously operated by: Brandt Theaters

Previous Names: Sommer Theatre

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The Sommer Theatre opened November 24, 1921 and stood a block away from the Sheepshead Theatre which opened in 1929. This opening and possibly conversion to ‘talkies’ forced the closure of the Sommer Theatre in late-1929, and it was converted into an indoor miniature golf course in 1930. However, this did not prove to be a popular attraction, and it reopened in 1931 as the Sheldon Theatre. It closed in 1953 and was later torn down.

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philipgoldberg on February 25, 2004 at 2:05 pm

A one-story modern group of three stores now occupies the site.

stevegruberg on August 28, 2004 at 1:30 pm

The Sheldon was a poor cousin to the Sheepshead, but it boasted the cheapest seats around. 8 cents for a kid to enter. 10cent popcorn. Saturday Matinees with lots of cartoons, serials, western shorts and a couple of films. Kinda like close to 5 hours for the cheapest price in town in the early 50’s

Lisanne on May 9, 2008 at 3:29 pm

According to Brian Merlis, et al, in “Brooklyn’s Gold Coast: the Sheepshead Bay Communities” the theater was known as the Shelton, was built in 1920, and possibly known at some period during the 20s as the Sommer.

larrybb on December 6, 2014 at 12:08 pm

I remember the Sheldon but question the closing date of 1950. My sister took me to the Shelton to see Peter Pan and, since the film was released in 1953 the dates don’t quite coincide. Funny thing – I remember that when it initially closed, they build a John’s Bargain Store.

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