Normandy Theatre

4217 New Utrecht Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11219

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Additional Info

Previously operated by: Brandt Theaters, Liggett-Florin Booking Service

Architects: Joseph M. Berlinger

Previous Names: Elton Theatre, New Elton Theatre

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inside the Normandy theater

The Elton Theatre opened on September 29, 1928 with Janet Gaynor in “Street Angel” as a medium sized movie house before sound films. It was renamed New Elton Theatre in 1932. Showed B-and C-films. The theatre was quite plain, no balcony.

It was renamed Normandy Theatre in 1948 after being taken over by Liggett-Florin Booking Service, and they closed it in 1955. It became a factory for many years. By 2015 it was used for storage. In the late-summer of 2023 it was being gutted internally and was demolished in April 2024 to make way for a proposed healthcare facility.

Contributed by ERD

Recent comments (view all 16 comments)

irajoel on July 29, 2006 at 6:38 am

My father owned a luncheonette across the street from the Normandy on New Utrecht ave, and got to know the manager/owner a Mr. Green I recall. My mother who worked in the store, would leave me in the theatre to babysit me, I guess in 1950-51 or 52 and the matrons as we used to call them would look after me. I recall having to sit through A Streetcar named desire over and over, and for years after I had an aversion to it. Also have a memory of seeing an Italian film either bitter rice or maybe anna with silvano magnano. In the mid 50’s it was turned into a factory, and many of the Puerto Rican workers would come to eat lunch at my fathers store, and I would sometimes go with my mother in the factory/theatre to deliver lunch for the workers.

kencmcintyre on November 26, 2008 at 10:44 pm

Listed as the Elton at 4215 New Utrecht in 1940 yellow pages. Number was WIndsr 8-3232.

DJM78 on June 14, 2013 at 9:10 pm

This site never disappoints me. I’ve passed this building a few times and each time I’ve thought this looks like it was a Theatre. Sure enough I check this site and there it is.

lizanette74 on April 15, 2015 at 4:34 pm

I went to an epic rave party in this location. ;) There is a beautiful dome right in the center of the theater.

lizanette74 on April 15, 2015 at 4:42 pm

Nowadays is a warehouse.

robboehm on May 17, 2015 at 4:56 pm

Photo of marquee from Brooklyn Pics.

Texas2step on November 22, 2018 at 7:21 pm

This one opened on September 29, 1928.

ymike673 on September 1, 2023 at 3:30 pm

The building is currently being completely gutted out and will become a heath care facility.

citychris01 on April 11, 2024 at 5:21 pm

I’ve uploaded several photos I took; as of April 2024, it is being completely demolished from the looks of it.

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