Aster Theater

246 Broadway,
Brooklyn, NY 11211

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Previous Names: Plaza Theater, New Plaza Theater, New Broadway Theater, Square Theater

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Aster Theater

The Aster Theater was located in the shadow of the Broadway El near the Marcy Avenue station in Williamsburg. This theater underwent numerous name changes.

It opened as the Plaza Theater in 1913. It became the New Plaza Theater in 1924, and in 1927, the New Broadway Theater (not to be confused with Loew’s Broadway Theatre at Myrtle and Broadway).

In the 1933 it became the Square Theater, and in the 1942, the Aster Theater.

The Aster Theater closed in 1950.. After serving many years in restaurant/retail use, it was demolished in 2012.

Contributed by Bway Chris

Recent comments (view all 28 comments)

noelea on June 19, 2006 at 5:13 pm

Dear Astyanax. No I only remember the Alba and the Graham. Debovoise Street was in that neighborhood of those theaters. The Alba was a Spanish Moviehouse. The Graham was further down Graham Ave and Grand Street. Anniegirl

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 11, 2006 at 4:18 pm

Here is a recent(June 2006) photograph I took of the Plaza/New Broadway/Square/Aster Theater:

Bway on July 11, 2006 at 5:18 pm

That theater must have had a very low ceiling!

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 11, 2006 at 5:54 pm

The actual auditorium is at the rear of the two shop units and I believe runs parallel to Broadway. It can’t be seen from the angle I took the photograph. It is about the same height as the entrance block which is currently the restaurant.

I believe the configuration of the theatre was…enter through the foyer and then turn left into the auditorium. The projection booth would be in a raised room at the end of the foyer.

anniegurl on July 12, 2006 at 8:27 am

I do not remember this movie. It was gone by the time I was a kid growing up in Williamsburgh in the 50’s. I do remember the Concord Cafeteria and the Bowling Alley next door and the Coat Store that was next to the Cafeteria. I am sure many of my Aunt’s friends would remember the Aster Theater. Anniegirl.

kencmcintyre on November 26, 2008 at 10:57 pm

Listed as the Square Theater in the 1940 Brooklyn yellow pages. Phone number was EVergrn 4-7834.

jflundy on November 27, 2008 at 10:29 am

I have seen 8mm movies of the last day of operation of the Utica-Reid carline in early 1951 and the Aster marquee can be seen in the background of a shot of a Car turning, but it is not clear enough to see if it still was open or not.

Bway on April 27, 2009 at 10:48 am

At least the lobby portion of the Aster appears to be a chinese restaurant. I don’t know what the auditorium is today:

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Willburg145 on October 5, 2012 at 4:33 pm

This building and some others have been demolished. I am sure they’re going to put up apartments. I will try and get there and take some pictures. The old Williamsburgh Playhouse, now a 99 cent store, is all that remains of the many theaters that once stood along Broadway.

HomecrestGuy on February 8, 2019 at 12:55 am

New old picture of Square, AKA Aster, Theater added to CT Photo Gallery.

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