9. The Fortway, Dyker Heights

Fortway Theater

The Fortway on Fort Hamilton Parkway between 68th and 67th Streets was an independent theater that opened in October 1927. It showed both live and motion picture shows in what the South Brooklyn Home Talk newspaper called the “first atmospheric stadium in the East.” The opening day ad boasted of the 2,500-seat theater’s organ, large orchestra, and family-friendly programming.

The theater was later purchased by larger companies including Fox Films. In the 1980s, the theater became a Loew’s Cineplex with five screens. It shut down in 2005. Today it’s occupied by a pan-Asian market. A BounceU indoor trampoline park that used to be inside has closed.