Pictureland Theater

1468 Broadway,
Brooklyn, NY

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An early movie house from the 1910’s on Broadway in Brooklyn near Putnam Avenue. It opened around Thanksgiving in 1912.

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Bway on September 23, 2004 at 7:08 pm

This must have been a really small theater, or torn down very early on, and replaced wwith what is there now.
Anyway, I drove by the Pictureland site yesterday, and took a photo of the site. It could be the same building with a refaced front, as the bricks on 468 Bway are “newer” bricks than the other buildings on the block. Anyway, the Pictureland building is the building with the blue awning in the photo. I would assume since it was a theater, it had a “theater” front, and at some point it was converted to store and apartments, and the fasade was altered with the “newer” bricks.
It’s between Madison and Putnam. In the 80’s many of these buildings on the Putnam to Madison block were abandoned (although not burnt), especially towards the corner, and just around Putnam. They are all occupied now again except for the one right nect to the Pictureland building.

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Bway on September 24, 2004 at 1:31 pm

Ooops, I meant “1468 Bway” of course, and the theater was between Putnam and Jefferson, not Madison.

R143 on October 20, 2004 at 5:13 pm

Was this a regular movie theater or was it more of an early nickelodeon?

PeterKoch on October 20, 2004 at 5:51 pm

I would think, nickelodeon, because of the small size. Yet, Thalia Soho, 15 Vandam St., off Avenue Of The Americas in lower Manhattan, was a small cinema in what looked like a former private house, complete with front stoop.

Bway on June 8, 2006 at 11:58 am

I wonder if this was always just a “storefront” theater, or if it was a theater that was torn down for the current building. I can’t figure out if the current building is the theater, or a replacement after the theater was torn down, at a very early date.

Bway on April 20, 2009 at 3:05 pm

I also would think it was just a nickelodeon, the building is different from the rest of the buildings on the block, but if you didn’t know it was once a small theater, you would never know.

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