|Meserole Theater circa 1928 (photo source: BrooklynPix.com)|
|Meserole Theater 1960s (photo source: BrooklynPix.com)|
|Meserole Theater, August 2013|
Now a Rite Aid pharmacy, the old Meserole Theater is one of my favorite buildings in the neighborhood. It is the pharmacy I use even though it's the furthest local drug store from my apartment. Regardless of the generic chain store that resides within, the original interior with much of its ornamental detailing, domed ceiling and disco ball have been left intact. The building has retained some of its soul in spite of its revolving tenants. I first discovered the place several years ago when I was getting a prescription filled and inquired about the disco ball and cavernous domed ceiling in the main part of the building. The clerk behind the counter said that the place used to be a dance hall and prior to that a theater. She also informed me that the projector could still be seen if I looked into the balcony above the pharmacy counter. In fact, it was a roller skating rink, not a dance hall and some wood seating is all that remains in the balcony but she was right about it being a theater. I recently read that the owner would like to see the building return to its former glory as a theater if Rite Aid decides not to renew its lease. Many historic buildings are repurposed to stay relevant, so for this building to reestablish itself as what it was originally designed for almost one hundred years ago would be unique.
|Rear of Meserole Theater|
The anonymous rear of the building on Lorimer Street gives a better indication of the grand scale of the interior.The screen used to be on the back wall where the "cosmetics" sign is and the space occupied by a sea of colorful sundries is where the seating was.
|Meserole Theater Interior|
from Under the Balcony
|Meserole Theater Balcony|
|Dome and Disco Ball|
|Corinthian Style Capital|
Balcony & Decorative Molding
- Tiebout, Cornelius "Greenpoint Yesterday and Today"
- Robert R. "Meserole Theater" Cinema Treasures. online.