Thursday, August 20, 2020

Boro Park Theatre, 5102 New Utrecht Avenue, Brooklyn

"Newly refurbished", the former Loew's Boro Park opened in October 1966 as the Yiddish Boro Park Theatre.
Museum of the City of New York

The New York Times, October 3, 1966, reported an “almost full house" for a revue produced by Ben Bonus who offered “the same formula that has worked for him on Second Avenue for several seasons: variety plus a movie, usually in Yiddish.”

 “The audience was apparently from the area. Many seemed to come from the neighborhood's Orthodox community; there were somewhat more skullcaps in evidence than one usually sees in Second Avenue houses.”


Home Reporter and Sunset News, Oct. 13, 1967

In 1967, advertised as the New Boro Park, it offered double features and stage shows. Eventually, like so many other older Brooklyn houses, the Boro Park turned to "Adults Only" before closing in 1971.

The theatre was finally demolished in August 1976 (Michael Miller, other sources list 1975).




Since 1997 theatre historian, Cezar Del Valle, has conducted a popular series of  theatre talks and walks, available for  historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc. Private walks also available.
Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, a three-volume history of borough theatres.
Currently seeking funding for “Editing & Formatting” the first three volumes of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, 3rd Edition