Friday, February 14, 2014

Early View of the Brooklyn Paramount

Motion Picture News, December 25, 1926, featured an article on the new Brooklyn Theatre currently under construction. Designed by Rapp & Rapp, it would open November 23, 1928 as the Brooklyn Paramount.

 "Rapp & Rapp have designed a most striking structure for erection at DeKalb Avenue and Flatbush Street [sic] in Brooklyn N. Y. An office building of 30 stories will surround a 500-foot tower, the whole being designed in modern adaption of the later Spanish Renaissance.
"The building will enclose a theatre with a seating capacity of 4,500 and will be designed in the style of Old Spain, embodying the  spirit of the Spanish carnivals and fetes of that race. Features and novelties new to theatre architecture will be employed to further inspire the amusement-loving world."

The completed structure featuring a rococo-designed theatre with a seating capacity 4,124*.

Photo: New York Theatre Organ Society

* Seating for the Brooklyn Paramount has been given variously as 4.084, 4,144 and 4,500. The larger number could be based on the original design.
The New York City Department of Buildings list capacity as:
Orchestra: 1,983
Mezzanine: 411
Balcony: 1,730
Total 4,124

Cezar Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, chosen 2010 Best Book of the year by the Theatre Historical Society.

He is available for theatre talks and walks in 2014.

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