Closing Bell: Inside the Shore Theater


Another fantastic post by After the Final Curtain. This photo series focuses on Loew’s Coney Island Theatre, better known as the Shore Theater. The 2,387-seat Renaissance Revival-style theater opened in 1925. According to ATFC, “The theater was designed to be a combination house, showing both vaudeville and motion pictures, but eventually phased out the vaudeville performances.” The theater changed hands in 1964 and featured live performances, burlesque shows, and movies. In the early ’70s it was showing adult films before finally closing in 1973. Although designated a landmark in 2010, the interior isn’t landmarked and all the seats on the main level have been removed and the floor leveled. What a shame if anything more is lost. You can read more about the theater’s history in this Building of the Day post. The full photo essay lives here.

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