Meserole Theatre

723 Manhattan Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11222

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Previously operated by: Fox Theatres (Reading, PA), Randforce Amusement Corp., Small-Strausberg Circuit, United Artists Theater Circuit Inc.

Architects: Eugene DeRosa

Previous Names: Fox Meserole Theatre

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Meserole Theatre

This was a theatre located in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn. I believe it was first-run all of it’s life. Opened in 1921, the Meserole Theatre was first operated by the Small & Strausburg circuit. It was later taken over Fox, then Randforce and finally by United Artists, when it was closed in 1978.

The Meserole Theatre had a Moller 3 manual, 17 rank organ installed in 1921.

After closing, it became a roller skating rink from November 1979, before being converted into a Rite Aid store. That had closed by October 2020. It was demolished in August 2021.

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johndereszewski on January 17, 2011 at 4:30 am

I went ahead and added the Driggs Palace and the Greenpoint Star to the theater listing. The link to the Driggs Palace appears below.

Incidently, I guessed wrong about this old theater’s location. It actually was situated at the northweat corner of Driggs and Newell – just across from the St. Stan’s convent. Part of this structure may still exist.


johndereszewski on January 17, 2011 at 4:32 am

Here is the link to the Greenpoint Star’s page. Hope you enjoy it.


BabyBoomer on January 18, 2011 at 10:07 pm

In regard to these old theatres has anyone gone to the Brooklyn Eagle archives web site maintained by the Brooklyn Public Library? You can either type in the search box a name or go to a specific date and get the whole newspaper. They have two sites one from 1841 to 1902 which is easy to navigate and the other from 1902 to 1955 which I haven’t yet figured out.

John…….If you type in the date July 29 1896 you will see an article entitled “Two New Polish Parishes” which describes the cost and construction of St.Stan’s.

johndereszewski on February 3, 2011 at 10:37 am

The great JF Lufty recently posted the attached on another page. It depicts MANY pictures of 1928 ers Manhattan Avenue, including two rare shots of the Meserole’s one time competitor, the Garden Theatre.

Please enjoy this wonderdul treasure trove.

View link

johndereszewski on February 3, 2011 at 1:38 pm

So sorry for getting JF’s name wrong. It is of course JF LUNDY! And, it is a wonderful – not wonderdul – treasure trove that he was kind enough to provide.

BabyBoomer on February 3, 2011 at 4:03 pm

John……Thanks for the great link.The family enjoyed the pix of the ol'e neighborhood

rmdittus on March 13, 2011 at 11:29 pm

To the comments regarding the 2 Rite Aid sites – the one that was the Meserole did start as a Genovese, then an Eckerd, and then a Rite Aid. The other one opened as a Rite Aid when it became a store of this type. It was never a Duane Reade. There is a Duane Reade a couple of blocks north where a former Harrico Drug Store was (across from the old Chopin Theater site which is now a Starbucks after being a Burger King).

Willburg145 on May 16, 2019 at 4:11 pm

Here is a tax photo, circa 1939-41. [;sort:borough%2Cblock%2Clot%2Czip_code;lc:NYCMA~7~7&mi=4&trs=]

Willburg145 on October 7, 2020 at 6:00 pm

I passed by yesterday and noticed the gate is down and the Rite Aid sign is gone. I hope there aren’t plans to demolish it.

johndereszewski on February 14, 2021 at 7:07 pm

It now appears that the possibility of this theater’s demise is pretty substantial. In response, a Face Book page has been established to resist this possibility. Perhaps the preservation of a portion of the old theater, particularly its lovely facade, can be achieved here.

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