Utica Theater

1410 St. Johns Place,
Brooklyn, NY 11213

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Additional Info

Previously operated by: Fox Theatres (Reading, PA), Randforce Amusement Corp.

Architects: R. Thomas Short

Functions: Retail

Styles: Neo-Classical

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Utica Theater

This theater was on St. Johns Place, just west of Utica Avenue in Brooklyn. The Utica Theater opened on February 12, 1920. It was equipped with a Kimball organ.

After closing in 1954, the theater was converted into a supermarket from 1955 and continued to function in this use until 2018 when it was converted into retail units.

Contributed by ALLAN F HYATT

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 6, 2006 at 2:04 pm

The Utica Theatre was certainly not demolished as seen here in my exterior photographs taken in May 2006;

The Film Daily Yearbook;1926 and 1927 edition’s give an address at 1416 St. Johns Place, Brooklyn and a seating capacity of 1,628. In the 1930 edition of F.D.Y. the street address is given as 1410 St. Johns Place with a seating capacity of 1,508. Operated by Randforce Theatres from at least 1941, it closed in 1954 and is now in use as a MET Supermarket.

Bway on June 20, 2011 at 8:32 am

Does any of the original ornamentation of this theater reamin in the supermarket? The exterior is quite attractive, even today.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 3, 2012 at 3:34 am

The Utica is the only theater in the neighborhood that fits the timing and description of the proposed house mentioned in an April, 1919 issue of The American Architect:

:“A. Stockhammer, 1368 St. Johns Place, is having plans prepared by Carlson & Wiseman, Architects, 226 Henry Street, for two story theater, 100 x 120 ft., brick and steel, on St. Johns Place and Schenectady Avenue. $150,000.”

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 5, 2012 at 2:08 am

It looks like A. Stockhammer’s involvement in this theater project ended soon after the notice in the April issue of The American Architect was published, and the new developer, Isaac Miller, switched architects.

Minutes of a May 27, 1919, meeting of the NYC Board of Appeals say that permission was granted for a theater to be built on the property at 1408-1420 St. Johns Place, Brooklyn. The application had been made on May 5 by R. Thomas Short, on behalf of owner Isaac Miller.

The minutes of a December 9, 1919, meeting of the Board of Appeals establish that R. Thomas Short was the architect of the theater then under construction at 1408-1420 St. Johns Place.

Willburg145 on December 31, 2012 at 5:41 am

I have tried lately but why are some owners/managers against people taking pictures of interiors?

Orlando on May 5, 2018 at 8:08 am

The Met is out and Rainbow Shops are in, also an additional 3 storefronts. All of the fa├žade is covered now. A Shame.

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