Carroll Theater

381 Utica Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11213

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

Architects: Charles A. Sandblom

Functions: Church

Previous Names: Fox Carroll Theater

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Carroll Theater

This neighborhood theater in Crown Heights area of Brooklyn was opened in 1927 and was equipped with a Wurlitzer 2 manual, 10 rank organ. Unusual corner marquee, built on sloping street ascending to the entrance. This was a Fox house till early-1930’s. It was then operated by Randforce, and later Supreme. The Carroll Theater was closed in 1974.

It was served by Utica Avenue trolley. Competion to south was the Empress Theater on Empire Boulevard and the Lincoln Theater to North on Lincoln Place.

Contributed by J.F. Lundy

Recent comments (view all 22 comments)

Lenox on April 30, 2011 at 1:57 pm

My JHS school graduation was at the Carroll in 1958

techman707 on January 28, 2012 at 2:19 pm

The LAST thing this poor theatre ran was 16mm porno and was operated by a guy named Archie Diskin. The organ had been ripped out, but, the white console was still sitting up front below the stage.

The last time I was there was to run a TV fight in 1970 between Muhammad Ali and Jerry Quarry. It ended so fast they lit the seats on fire and tried to throw them at the screen.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on January 28, 2012 at 7:42 pm

Wow! An 1863 seat porno theater. Sorry I missed it. (How does it look inside now with a church in occupancy?)

dome1345 on May 17, 2013 at 6:22 pm

i go to this church now go to WWW.LEGLISEUTICA.ORG

dome1345 on May 20, 2013 at 7:06 am

thanks it look relly nice and they keept the dome.

dome1345 on May 20, 2013 at 7:08 am

and its a haitan church

Androdworld on September 3, 2013 at 11:14 pm

When I saw these pictures (especially “Lostmemory” THANKS) I felt my heart heave. My dad took us here from our house two blocks away when I was 6! Sigh!

1920stheaterlover on April 26, 2015 at 12:59 pm

Any one has old pictures of outside or inside of the theater please???!!!!

nymets2784 on March 29, 2016 at 12:07 pm

I loved going to the Carroll in the mid 60’s. Spent many a wonderful afternoon there. Sometimes I even got to go to White Castle after the picture. Any one else recall that era?

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