4217 New Utrecht Avenue,
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Previously operated by: Brandt Theaters, Liggett-Florin Booking Service
Architects: Joseph M. Berlinger
Previous Names: Elton Theatre, New Elton Theatre
The Elton Theatre opened on September 29, 1928 with Janet Gaynor in “Street Angel” as a medium sized movie house before sound films. It was renamed New Elton Theatre in 1932. Showed B-and C-films. The theatre was quite plain, no balcony.
It was renamed Normandy Theatre in 1948 after being taken over by Liggett-Florin Booking Service, and they closed it in 1955. It became a factory for many years. By 2015 it was used for storage.
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The correct spelling is Normandy. This theatre opened in 1919 as the Elton Theatre. When the other Normandy Theatre on Fulton Street became the Howard Theatre this Elton Theatre then became the Normandy Theatre. I show the seating for this theatre at 1200+ seats.
A plain looking theatre (inside and out)-especially when compared to nearby Loew’s 46th Street and Loew’s Boro Park theatres.
My father owned a luncheonette across the street from the Normandy on New Utrecht ave, and got to know the manager/owner a Mr. Green I recall. My mother who worked in the store, would leave me in the theatre to babysit me, I guess in 1950-51 or 52 and the matrons as we used to call them would look after me. I recall having to sit through A Streetcar named desire over and over, and for years after I had an aversion to it. Also have a memory of seeing an Italian film either bitter rice or maybe anna with silvano magnano. In the mid 50’s it was turned into a factory, and many of the Puerto Rican workers would come to eat lunch at my fathers store, and I would sometimes go with my mother in the factory/theatre to deliver lunch for the workers.
Here is a link to Normandy photo circa 1945:
Listed as the Elton at 4215 New Utrecht in 1940 yellow pages. Number was WIndsr 8-3232.
This site never disappoints me. I’ve passed this building a few times and each time I’ve thought this looks like it was a Theatre. Sure enough I check this site and there it is.
I went to an epic rave party in this location. ;) There is a beautiful dome right in the center of the theater.
Nowadays is a warehouse.
Photo of marquee from Brooklyn Pics.
This one opened on September 29, 1928.