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Posted by Matty from Flatbush on Saturday, April 8th 2017:

In Reply to: Movie Theaters posted by Spencer on Friday, April 7th 2017:

As a kid, it was the Leader Theater on Coney Island Ave between Newkirk and Ditmas-26 cents admission. They had candy vending machines where my 10 year old arms were skinny enough to stick my hand up the opening and knock candy loose and get it for free. Somehow, I didn't think it was stealing, just winning against the machine. Also, for special cartoon and 3 Stooges shows it was the Culver on 18th Ave and McDonald. For top movies it was the Century Kingsway on Coney Island Avenue and Kings Highway. Century movies had a thing where you could get in for free if it was your birthday. I saw the original Oceans 11 there for my 12th birthday. There were also the big 4 movie theaters near Flatbush and Church. It was later on that we went to the art house Astor theater to see movies like Putney Swope and Greasers Palace. As a teen, a bunch of us went to the Midwood on Avenue J near East 15 just for the purpose of creating a ruckus and yelling out what was gonna happen next during The Great Escape. Going back younger again, I saw the Blob at the Oceana on Brighton Beach Avenue near Coney Island Avenue. Or at last part of the movie because at some point when the Blob was invading a movie theater someone yelled out "The Blob is here" and that created a panic and everyone started to run out. For more first run movies, it was the big four in Downtown Brooklyn - The Paramount, the Fox, The RKO Albee and the Loew's Metropolitan.

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