Clinton Theatre

595 Clinton Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11231

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Previously operated by: Randforce Amusement Corp.

Architects: William I. Hohauser

Styles: Streamline Moderne

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Situated in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn, the Clinton Theatre was built in 1939-40 by the Randforce Circut, with William I. Hohauser as architect. Designed in a contemporary, modern style, it was larger than most subsequent-run, neighborhood movie houses, with about 600 of its 1,644 seats in a traditional balcony. Much of the Clinton Theatre’s patronage was expected to come from a new 2,500-family housing project being built by The City of New York. The Clinton Theatre was closed in 1964.

A daycare center stands on the site of the demolished theatre.

Contributed by Warren G. Harris

Recent comments (view all 6 comments)

Orlando on May 8, 2004 at 3:55 am

I think it has been demolished after closing in the mid 1960’s.

philipgoldberg on May 12, 2004 at 5:08 pm

What stands there now is a series of low-rent stores. By the size of the space they take up, the theater must have been a decent size. And by what Warren has written, it was.

jflundy on September 13, 2007 at 8:50 am

I attended this theater once in January 1957. It was a Saturday afternoon double feature and the theater was packed, no empty seats.The building was rather plain, cold modern, clean in good shape.I entered about 3:30 PM and left around 7:30. Evening crowd was about 60% of matinée.

WHohauser on January 6, 2008 at 6:04 pm

The neighboring housing project was also designed and engineered by William I. Hohauser. It was one of the first large public housing projects in the country and was completed in 1939.

bonannijohn on February 16, 2013 at 8:59 am

remember dragging my Dad there in the late 50’s to see 25 cartoons on Saturday morning

DJM78 on March 20, 2015 at 4:18 pm

I heard about this theater from my Mom and Dad. My father grew up in the Red Hook projects in the 50’s. Does anyone know what year it closed?

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