11 November 2010

Lido Theatre Coming Down

My neighborhood, west of Carroll Gardens around Columbia Street, used to be bustling enough to support two cinemas, the Luna and the Happy Hour. The Happy Hour is long gone, but the shell of the Luna has lingered on the east side of Columbia, neat Degraw. It was boarded up for the longest time, with the vague promise of some construction in the future.

Well, that construction is finally happening, and it mainly involves the dismantling of the brick walls within with many Italian-Americans watch black and white flicks.

The theater opened in 1914 as Auditore Maurice Theatre, and became Luna in 1920s. It closed in 1952. It's capacity was 559.

If I'm reading building records correctly, it's going to be a new four-story apartment building with a penthouse and eight units.

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