Claridge Theater

443 Avenue P,
Brooklyn, NY 11230

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Morffin on August 9, 2013 at 2:43 pm

AlinNYC …. I lived in that apartment from 94-99. Amazing place-sad as well to see it gone.

Lisanne on April 7, 2008 at 4:09 pm

This is what replaced the building that housed the Claridge

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steelstrings on September 30, 2006 at 5:24 am

I remember the Claridge theater quite well. My parents used to take my sister and I there when we kids. I vividly remember seeing “It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World there in Cinerama (circa 1962) and "Windjammer” in Cinerama as well. Even though I lived in Newark and was closer to the Stanley, Castle and Sanford movie theaters, I visited the Claridge quite often. It was a great place to see a film back then. Just down the street was Grunnings Ice Cream, which was an awesome place to visit after the movie was over. It closed in the 1980’s I believe.

RobertR on August 28, 2006 at 8:13 pm

In 1960 the Claridge advertised itelf as the most beautiful and modern theatre in New York. Quite a statement :)
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vcanto on March 9, 2006 at 3:54 pm

I lived in the neighborhood.DAHILL RD & then East 2nd.
In the 1950’s my bother & cousins would always go for the “25” color
cartoons + feature.
In 1961-1963 while a junior at Lafayette HS I worked as an usher.
this was my first real job an earned a whopping 1.00 per hr.
Would go to newstand at McDonald An.& Av.P and wait for the Daily
news for the manager his name was Feldmen I think.
Had some good times.

Louella on October 7, 2005 at 4:19 pm

I was a neighborhood kid (East 7th Street)during WW2. We would go to the Claridge to see movies that we might have missed at the Jewel or to see the 50 Cartoon “Kiddie” shows. Also… it was very cheap. They only charged 6¢ for a Saturday matinee while the Jewel was usually 11¢. The first 50 kids or so also got a free comic book at Saturday matinees. The Kingsway was really expensive at 20 or 25¢!

AlinNYC on August 23, 2005 at 4:27 pm

I lived in this building in 1987-88. I shared a huge apartment with my cousin and his wife that was built directly over the lobby of the old theater. It was, in fact, the first place I ever lived in NYC. The apartment, which was reputedly built for the theater’s owner, featured an incredible living room that was like a theater itself with a staircase that wrapped around the room in an ascending series of balconies and a dome that rose 30+ feet above the floor. There was beautiful dark oak woodwork everywhere and the master bath had luxury plumbing fixtures straight out of the ‘20’s, including a wrap-around spray shower.

From the master bedroom one could walk right out onto the roof over several offices that fronted on Ave. P (I remember a dentist’s office in there). There was no AC in the apartment and during the hot summer months we would have parties with several folks sleeping out on the roof. I met my ex-wife (we were married for 15 years) on that roof in ‘87. There was also a sealed door in the apartment that apparently led out into the auditorium (which had been stripped of most of whatever detail it once had, and covered with ugly, glitzy junk).

I still remember the sounds of the wedding receptions beating up through the walls and floors at night, and the crowds of joyful people out on Ave. P. So I was really shocked, and a bit saddened to see the old place gone on my last drive out that way. Time marches on I guess…

RobertR on July 10, 2005 at 8:00 pm

Seems it was still open in 1963 when “The Stripper” played there
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ralphave on July 7, 2005 at 7:43 pm

I grew up around the corner on East 2nd Street. The Claridge used to occasionally run 50 cartoons at a time on the weekend, with a line of kids down the block waiting to get in. I remember sitting through Old Yeller about five times in one day. Great memories.

RobertR on June 15, 2005 at 6:48 pm

This theatre was still open as late as 1959 when “Operation Petticoat” went on the neighborhood run.

Theaterat on April 22, 2005 at 1:55 pm

Always remember seeing this theater while it was a catering hall. Even though I never went to it in any of its incarnations, the movie house like structure with its tan and reddish brown deco style design clearly was a theater at one time. About a year ago, there was a rumor that it would re open as a multiplex, but stories in the local Brooklyn papers quickly dashed that hope.It was completely leveled about 5 months ago. Quess they will build more cookie cutter style houses(or another medical center) there.when I asked some of the Russian speaking residents about it, they just looked at me like I had 3 heads.

philipgoldberg on June 25, 2004 at 6:29 pm

Why is Brooklyn so cinema starved? Think about it. With the exception of the brownstone Brooklyn neighborhoods, the only other theaters in the borough are the Kent, Alpine, Fortway, Kings Plaza, Sheepshead Bay and the Linden Blvd.

theatrefan on June 25, 2004 at 2:22 pm

No 12 screen cinema for this area Mark, the renovation of the Marboro is all that we can hope for. The site of the former Clairidge will be occupied by luxury condos.

MarkW on May 31, 2004 at 11:53 pm

When the demolition was first announced, A sign on the theater read: Under Demolition. Coming soon 12 screen cinema.
Wishful thinking.

philipgoldberg on May 2, 2004 at 8:11 pm

It’s now rubble. Signs on the safety walls surrounding the site show pictures of exciting new apartment buildings coming soon.

William on March 15, 2004 at 12:13 pm

The Claridge Theatre seated 1000 people.