Saturday, April 2, 2022

Art Theatre


954-958 Marcy Avenue

1939 Tax Photo

Excerpts from the Brooklyn Theatre Index, 3rd Edition, to be published 2022.


October 29, 1913-1915 

The Brooklyn Eagle, “Business Opportunities”, September 27, 1914:
“Motion Picture Theater—For rent: first-class opportunity; 954 Marcy av, near Fulton st; open for inspection Sunday and Monday.”

 Real Estate Record and Builder’s Guide, March 3, 1917:

“Frederic Brown resold to Isaac Levin, 954 to 964 Marcy av, a moving picture theatre, with two stores, 77x115x51x120, recently required by him in an exchange with Stephen Hoff.”




Seating Capacity: 550

Advertisement, The Weekly Chat, September 23, 1916:
“The Classique Theatre is now under the same controlling management as is now directing the Regent and the Colonnade of the Bedford section. We have taken this house for the simple reason that the Classique is one of the prettiest and best equipped houses in the city to present Photo Plays properly.”



Seating Capacity: 550 

The Film Daily, “Changes in Ownership”, May 27, 1935:
Art, 954 Marcy Ave. transferred to 954 Marcy Corp. by Koman Corp.”

Motion Picture Daily, March 8, 1939:
“I. T. Berg and Charles Friedman have purchased the stock of 954 Marcy Corp. operator of the Art, Brooklyn, from Harry Kutinsky and Morris Block.” 

Film Daily Yearbook, 1946, lists the Art as closed 

Proscenium, September 2015 (Photo: Ken Roe)

The former Art Theatre, September 2015 (Photo: Betty Sword)

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.

Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, a three-volume history of borough theatres.
The first two chosen 2010 OUTSTANDING BOOK OF THE YEAR by the Theatre Historical Society. Final volume published in September 2014.
Currently seeking funding for “Editing & Formatting” the first three volumes of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, 3rd Edition



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