Graham Theater

279 Graham Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11211

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Previously operated by: Liggett-Florin Booking Service

Functions: Medical Center

Previous Names: Reel Theater, Capri Theater

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Graham Theater

Small theater that stood on Graham Avenue, with all seating on a single floor. One of two Graham theaters in Brooklyn. By 1950 this Graham Theater was operated by Liggett-Florin Booking Service. It went to XXX movies before it closed in the 1970’s.

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bernzie on July 18, 2011 at 8:37 am

I expect to be fwd this page to my brother Jerry. I do remember the Lindy. I didn’t go to any theatre much, but the Lindy’s Saturday matinee was really something. For 11 cents you got a double feature, a serial chapter and selected short subjects. I think you got some kind of candy thrown in. I barely remember Katz Drugs, but our Sunday lunch was at a kosher deli on Graham nearer to Broadway. Great memories.

Astyanax on July 18, 2011 at 8:18 pm

Across from Katz Drugs there was a kosher deli, Adelman’s(?), which was a regular stop for a hot dog after the Lindy matinee.

johndereszewski on July 19, 2011 at 4:41 pm

Great comments, but you might wish to place them under the Lindy’s page, which can use the added info.

Fritz on October 3, 2011 at 8:45 am

I remember going to Saturday movies at the Graham. There was no balcony, just the projectionists area. I remember the movie matron in a white outfit carrying a gigantic 6 cell flashlight constantly telling us to be quite. Good old days (late 40s & early 50s) watching two westerns, a whole slew of cartoons and a serial chapter.

Willburg145 on November 21, 2011 at 6:18 pm

I have read many comments that make mention of the year a building was constructed. I have searced ACRIS (NYC register site) but they only have info dating back to 1966.

jw on January 12, 2012 at 10:16 pm

Anybody remember Jack, the uscher at the Lindy theater? On Saturdays Lindy use to show double feature,superman chapter serial, and 25 cartoons. Bomba: Johnny Shefield. Lindy had a stcky floor. Junior high School 49. I lived on Seigel Street btw McKibbin and Moore St.

nacunis on March 1, 2012 at 7:49 pm

johndereszewski – you remember Morrell Street? I lived at 21 Morrell and have one exterior photo of the street! I’d be glad to trade photos – been looking for Morrell St pics for over a year now.

johndereszewski on March 2, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Dear nacunis, I grew up in Greenpoint and only learned of Morell St. way after its demise, even after I got to know the srea when I attended Most Holy Trinity HS. It was actually named after the founder of the first successful development along the Williamsburg waterfront, at today’s Grand Street. It was called Yorkton. At the same time, another development, called Williamsburgh, opened a few blocks to the north, at around today’s Metropolitan Ave. It quickly went bust. But the Williamsburgh name stuck – and Yorkton soon went into oblivion. To make matters worse, even the name of Yorkton’s founder vanished, as part of Morell St. was first incoporated into Bushwick Ave. and the rest later swallowed by Bushwick-Hylan Houses.

I would love to see any pictures of the old Morell St., though I have none to share. You can send to my e-mail site at

Also, you might wish to share any thoughts about the old neighborhood on the Echo Theatre’s page in Cinema Treasures. This theater once existed at just about the point where Bushwick Ave. and Morell St. merged. I have attempted to link this page at the bottom of this message, but it might not work. If it does not, just search the theater page under “Echo” and it will come up. (The Echo is #8167 in the CT theater roster.)

Very glad to hear from you.

view the link

johndereszewski on June 3, 2012 at 4:12 am

Great catch TT, since the place was only known as the Capri very briefly.

Fredhadley on November 16, 2020 at 8:28 pm

I worked as a projectionist briefly at the Graham c. 1971. There was no balcony. The projection room was accessed by a metal ladder at the rear of the orchestra. There was no toilet in the booth. One opened the roof access door seen in the 1940 photo and peed on the roof. Written on the door was the admonition, “do not piss on door, open door and piss on roof.”

The policy was triple feature flat-rate rentals. I remember running Arizona Bushwhackers and When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth.

The manager would go on the roof and peek through a vent into the ladies room whenever a babe went in there.

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