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Good one Peter. Now I know that he is one can short of a six pack. He takes deceased women to a theater that doesn’t exist anymore. What a guy!
She “lives” in Florida now? I’m happy to hear that. In her condition, the warm weather will do wonders for her.
I can’t find anything usefull about the Gotham theater. I find lots of things about Mae West, but not the theater itself. When she died, there was a funeral at Forest Lawn for her, but she isn’t there. From what I read, her body was shipped back to NY and she is in the mausoleum at Cypress Hills Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY. If your in the area, “Why not go up there and see her sometime”.
Apollo….Thanks for the additional info. I didn’t read the book that you mentioned, but I did come across the builder Thomas Clark on the web.
Sometimes these articles are misleading or just plain wrong. I read that Mae West moved to Bushwick ave and Euclid ave. That would be a neat trick since the map that I’m looking at shows that Euclid ave is no where near Bushwick ave. That article should have said, she moved to Euclid ave IN Bushwick. I know that it’s East NY but at the turn of the century alot of places in Brooklyn were called Bushwick.
And here is another theater that Mae West was supposed to have appeared at. Payton’s Fulton Street Theater in Brooklyn. I have a feeling that the three theater’s mentioned already were not far from each other.
Erwin….I lost my marbles years ago. I also get confused easily so don’t feel bad. When I search for these theater’s, I rarely find info on the theater that I’m looking for. The most recent example is the Gotham theater. I used 7 search engines for that one and pretty much found nothing about it. What I did find was the Broadway “theater” that Sol Brill owned. I also found the man that built the Halsey theater in Brooklyn. (I already posted that in the Halsey section)
I’m never sure if the info that I find is important or not. I post it here so everyone that reads these messages can decide for themselves. My motto is like Fox News. “I report, you decide”.
Sometimes I get lucky and I find info that leads to a theater that is not listed here. other times the info turns out to be worthless. That’s the chance that you take when you do research on theater’s that date back almost 100 years. Sometimes I might post things that look stupid to some people, but I don’t intend it to look that way.
Anyway, I don’t know when the Broadway theater at 912 opened. The one at 700 Broadway was probably long gone when the larger one did open.
Hi Erwin….The Broadway theater that is listed on this website gives an address of 912 Broadway. The one that I found had an address of 700 Broadway. I assumed that they were two different theaters. I’ll see if I can find out anything more on it.
Thanks for the info Warren. I’ll go back to searching for the Gotham and the Royal theater’s.
BTW…..Mae West was at the Royal theater before she was at the Gotham theater.
1901: “Baby Mae” wins amateur contest at Royal Theater, Brooklyn
1907: Appears in stock at Gotham Theatre, Brooklyn
I found this during one of my marathon theater research sessions:
Thomas A. Clarke (b. 3 Nov 1878 – d. 28 May 1935).
Thomas A. Clarke was a prosperous contractor who built churches, schools and public buildings throughout New York City. He also built the Halsey Theatre, Arcadia Hall and the Broadway Arena in Brooklyn.
While I was searching for info on the Gotham theater, I came across the following:
“The first motion picture theatre in Brooklyn was a nickelodeon called the Broadway Theatre at 700 Broadway, Brooklyn NY in 1904. It was owned by Sol Brill who would later become the owner of a string of motion picture theatres and the head of an investment concern, Meserole Securities Co. Brill’s obituary in the New York Times, (27 Jan. 1932, p. 21) proclaimed (Owner of the first motion picture theatre in Brooklyn). At the time of his death Sol Brill owned 15 theatres in the New York area”.
Is this the same Broadway theater that is listed on this website or did I stumble across something?
Mae West was born Mary Jane West, in 1893, on Herbert Street, in what is now Greenpoint. Her family moved to Bushwick Avenue and Euclid Avenue.
Before she appeared at the Gotham theater, she appeared at the Royal Theater, Brooklyn NY. She appeared at the Gotham theater along with Harry Houdini.
I’m already searching into her career as a child. So far I found that she joined the Hal Clarendon Stock Company based at Brooklyn’s Gotham Theater for four years. That theater is listed as Bushwick on some sites and as Brooklyn on others. If she appeared there for 4 years, that tells me the theater was SOMEWHERE for at least 4 years.
In that case, since the “Fab-4” (us) are on a roll, maybe we can locate this theater.
Good point. This one might be too tough, for even for us. Besides, if it wasn’t a movie theater why bother.
I just did a search and I found a story about Mae West performing as a kid at the Gotham Theater in Bushwick around the year 1900. I guess that it wasn’t a movie theater unless it was converted at a later date. I don’t even know where it was other than being in Bushwick.
Was there a Gotham Theater in Bushwick? If there was, was it a movie theater?
Bway…..Thanks. I’ll tell you why I get confused with this theater. I read somewhere on this site that it was located on Myrtle near Knickerbocker and Greene. Then I find the address for it and when you check that address on a map, you find that address is not by Knickerbocker and Greene but further down Myrtle closer to Wilson.
Not Greene ave, I meant near Bleecker st. Anyway, the address for Myrtle-Knickerbocker-Bleecker would be more like 1450 Myrtle or something close to it.
If the Rivoli was located at Knickerbocker and Myrtle near Greene ave, then the address on Cinematour is either wrong, or there was another theater at 1374 Myrtle ave.
I just checked 1374 Myrtle ave on a map and that address appears to be on Myrtle ave between Harmon and Himrod st. It also appears to be closer to Wilson ave than it is to Knickerbocker ave. Could the address given on Cinematour be incorrect?
Bway…..Maybe your on to something with the Rivoli. Cinematour lists the Rivoli at 1374 Myrtle Ave. Could it be that at one time it was known as the Knickerbocker theater, or could it be that people just called it the Knickerbocker when in reality it was the Rivoli.
I went to the Irving theater section and read the messages. I should have done that sooner. As for the Knickerbocker theater, if I had only read one person’s account of it, I would say that they made a mistake or that their memory of it was wrong. I have read at least 5 stories where people refer to the Knickerbocker theater being on Myrtle near Knickerbocker. It is possible that they are confusing it with the Irving theater and that is what I’m trying to find out.
This site should allow the person that posted a message to have the ability to edit or delete a message that he/she posted. If we could do that, we could do our own “housekeeping” when our research for a particular theater was finished.
This theater was located on the Myrtle-Irving-Linden triangle? I can tell you that there was no theater there in the mid fifties so it must have closed earlier than that. At one time there was a Texaco gas station on that site. There was also a Mobil station across the street from there on Myrtle and Grove st.
I’m not going to dig through all those messages, that’s why I moved over to this section. So, the Mozart and Irving theater are one in the same and already is listed here. Since all the stories I have read about the Knickerbocker say that it was located on Myrtle “near” Knickerbocker ave, could the Knickerbocker also be the Mozart/Irving theater?
I think that we have already figured out that the Rige theater and the Grove theater and maybe even the Wilson theater are one in the same since the Rige and Grove theaters had the same address of 474 Wilson Avenue in Bushwick. Does anyone have anymore info on this one?
Then there is the mystery of the Mozart/Knickerbocker theater to solve.