Thursday, May 26, 2022

The New Clinton

595 Clinton Street.

The Exhibitor, March 20, 1940: 

"The new Red Hook low rent rental housing development, just completed by the New York City Housing Authority in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn, was the incentive for the erection of this neighborhood deluxe house.

"The development, which replaces what were formerly junk and lumber yards and dilapidated buildings, will house 2500 families, all of whom are potential theatre patrons."


 "The exterior of this modern deluxe house is of various colored face brick laid with horizontal tooled joints and trimmed with cream colored terra cotta. The theatre entrance is at the corner of the building and is accentuated by a curved marquee and upright name sign of stainless steel and porcelain enamel. 

A glass block tower illuminated from behind with mercury vapor reflective lights adds further prominence to this corner of the building."


 "The standee room is partitioned from the auditorium by the standee rail and Venetian blinds.  Illuminated "Silence" signs have been placed over the entrance to each aisle to help insure comfortable hearing for those already seated."


"The auditorium and balcony are quite spacious and allow a total of 1644 seats with ample spacing back to back. Auditorium spacing is 34 inches, with the balcony spacing a minimum of 36 inches. All interior lighting is indirect with many beautiful effects being gained by a blending of colors through the dimmers."


Red Hook Houses 


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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