Pleasant Hour Theatre

665 Myrtle Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11205

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Architects: Max Hirsch

Functions: Church

Previous Names: Skillman Theatre

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Pleasant Hour Theatre

The name suggests that the Pleasant Hour Theatre was started as a nickelodeon and was then converted into a full-fledged cinema. Operating as a movie theatre by 1910, it was renamed Peerless Theatre in 1914. In 1917, a new brick facade was added to the theatre, designed by architect Max Hirsch.

In 1932 it was renamed Skillman Theatre, but closed in 1936. Like many such pioneer neighborhood houses, the old Pleasant Hour Theatre fell victim to newer and classier theatres, the arrival of sound movies, and the Great Depression.

It was converted into a store, and in recent years has been in use as a church.

Contributed by Warren G. Harris

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Bway on April 21, 2008 at 10:51 am

665 Myrtle Ave is currently occupied by a church, “Iglesia Pentecostal Santidad”. Before 2005, it was “Ark Of Refuge Pentecostal Church”. That would make me think that the theater “may” still be intact, but I have no idea when this church was built. Churches take over old theaters very well, but that’s not to say that this is the same building that housed the theater.
Anyway, a search shows the building at the NE corner of Myrtle and Skillman St.
See here for link to aerial image:

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Bway on May 28, 2009 at 9:32 am

I believe this may be the old theater building?
It seems like it is the 400 seat theater converted into a church:

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