The other night when I was walking home form the subway I couldn’t help but notice the metal gates that were fully open where the “Deal 99 cent store” used to be.
The inside of the place was totally bare, it was vast and empty except for a few guys welding in the back. I hear a new bank is moving in, so I guess they’re getting it ready for construction.
As I stood there staring I couldn’t help but think about the old Beverly Theater that used to be there when I was a kid. The area that the 99 cent store used up was basically the long hallway that lead to the doors you opened to go inside, along with where the concession stand used to be. I guess the rest of what was the main single theater is now the PS 230 annex behind it.
It was interesting seeing that area totally void of anything, so big and so empty before the construction starts for the new bank. I could just see the movie posters that used to line the walls as you walked up the long hallway before you entered the place. Along with the ticket booth and the young teenager waiting to collect your ticket standing by the front door.
It was a Kensington of yesteryear, just a distant memory that’s all.
But you know what, every time I walk by the PS 230 annex I hear children’s voices, sometimes laughing and yelling inside the school. And I can only hope they’re having as much fun as we did, in a time when the Beverly theater stood where their school is now.
When we laughed and yelled too. So many years ago in an old movie house in Kensington Brooklyn, that was simply known to us as the “Beverly”.