Excerpts from Motion Picture News, November 10, 1928:
“Fronting on Church Avenue, the vestibule, lined with multi-colored marble, leads into the lobby, which gives upon the main floor of the auditorium. The interior is 100×150 feet in area and will seat almost 2,500.
“A paneled wainscot is carried around the side and rear walls, and the space above is divided into a series of arches framing carnival parade scenes.
“The dome is 60 feet in diameter, with dancing figures fresco painted on the surface. In the cove running around the margin of the dome concealed lights are arranged and there are also multi-colored glass panels in the ceiling behind which groups of various color lights may be used separately, in groups or all together giving a dozen color combinations.
“The grand staircases leading from the lobby to mezzanine lounge and balcony as well as to loge boxes, are of marble, cornices and walls here, as throughout and the interior is finished in gray, old ivory and gold.
“The orchestra pit is 40×100 feet and will accommodate 30 musicians, and is fitted with an ‘elevator orchestra platform.’ The console of the grand organ is located in the orchestra pit. The motion picture projection room is a specially constructed sound-proof compartment at the top rear of the balcony.”
The marquee of the Kenmore went dark following a shooting in 1999. The recently closed movie house part of my walking tour of Flatbush Theatres for the Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment. Tour-goers, with their backs to the camera, are signing in. On an earlier walk we managed to get inside a still-operating but very worn, run-down Kenmore.
Photo by Betty Sword, all rights reserved.
Cezar Del Valle is available for theatre walks and talks in 2013.
He is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, chosen 2010 Best Book of the year by the Theatre Historical Society.