Motion Picture Herald, July 24, 1937
263 Prospect Ave, Brooklyn
Prospect Hall was a building of historical and architectural importance. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it was not landmarked in New York City.
The Hall closed at the onset of the pandemic with owner Michael Halkias succumbing to COVID-19 two months later in May 2020.
In mid-July 2021, Prospect Hall was sold "as part of an assemblage" to Angelo Rigas through his company Gowanus Cubes for 30 million.
A few weeks later Rigas filed permits to demolish the properties including Prospect Hall.
Local activists started a petition to save the building and a stop work order was placed on the demolition.
In September, the Landmarks Preservation Commission decided that Prospect Hall had undergone too many architectural changes since opening in 1903 to qualify for preservation. They also noted that Angelo Rigas had already gutted much of the building's interior.
Realtors and developers often move quickly to demolish a building in order to avoid landmarking.
The Kings was one of the five "Wonder Theatres" built by Loew’s Inc. and named for Robert Morton ‘Wonder Organ Installed in each. Four were constructed in New York City and one in Jersey City.
The building that one housed the Meserole Theatre has been demolished. After closing as a cinema it became the Greenpoint Roller Palace from 1979-1986. After briefly serving as a discount store, the former theatre was an Eckerd Drug/Rite Aid, 1990-2020. An unsuccessful attempt was made to save the building.
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Moving Picture World, November 12, 1921:
“The Meserole opened October 25, with the latest Power’s Type-E projectors and equipment as fine as money could buy. The house seats about 2,700 and the opening announcement of the management is interesting enough to warrant repetition. ‘There has been but one thought in the minds of the management of the Meserole Theatre—to present the finest productions of cinema-art, in deluxe surroundings at a price within the reach of all.’”
Newspaper ad reproduced in Exhibitors Herald & Moving Picture World, March 3, 1928.
Motion Picture News, December 12, 1925:
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March 26, 1927:
“Midnight shows the first in theaters in this section as a regular thing are being played at the New United Theater, in Brooklyn, using colored attractions such as Shuffle Along, Seven Eleven and others.
“Walter Plimmer has been authorized to book the special late performances, which run from 12 o’clock to 2 in the morning, and in addition is furnishing the house with four acts (colored) every Tuesday night for what is called Plantation Night.”
March 31, 1928:
“According to manager Anthony Costa [New United Theatre], four nights of vaudeville are booked from three different sources.
Walter Plimmer books the United on Saturday, Charles Rich supplies acts Friday and Sunday, and on Wednesday Costa himself books in Italian entertainment from various centers of supply.”
One of thirteen
Brooklyn movie houses in Motion Picture Herald ‘s list of “388 Negro
Theatres”, July 15, 1939:
“Motion picture theatres operated exclusively for negros.”