Cobble Hill Cinemas
265 Court Street,
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Cobble Hill Cinemas (Official)
Previously operated by: Clearview Cinemas
Functions: Movies (First Run)
Previous Names: Lido Theater, Rex Cinema
News About This Theater
Opened prior to 1926, the Lido Theater had 550 seats. It stands on Court Street and Butler Street in the Cobble Hill section of Brooklyn. Still operating as the Lido Theater in 1957. It became a double-feature neighborhood theatre into the 1960’s when the neighborhood changed. It was also known as the Rex Cinema in the early-1970’s.
It opened and closed a few times, showing kung fu and action fare. When the neighborhood became hot again, the theatre reopened as the Cobble Hill Cinema. It showed first-run fare. The theatre was an instant success and on September 24, 1982 the owner twined the theatre, then on March 25, 1988 it was triplexed and finally on July 19, 1991 built two new theatres on the roof, making it a fiveplex. The interior was redone, and the theatre continued to show a mix of first run, foreign and independent fare.
Clearview Cinemas took it over for a few years, but when Regal opened the Court Street 12, it tried to show foreign and independent films exclusively there and lost a lot of business. Soon Clearview wanted out and the theatre was again taken over by its previous owner, who returned to showing first run films in addition to the mix of independent and foreign films.
It is still operating, serving Cobble Hill’s movie needs. The one downside of the theatre is that it has a tiny lobby, forcing patrons to stand on line outside, no matter what the weather is.
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