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I think that I have already asked about the “mysterious” Myrtle theater in one of these messages. On one of those “Brooklyn Memories” message boards, someone posted about going to the Myrtle theater. The poster was from Bushwick. Now I have discovered that an organ was installed in a Myrtle theater. The theater is listed as being in Brooklyn, and the organ was a Kramer. It was installed in 1921. I don’t know if the Folly was renamed the Myrtle theater or not, but there was a Myrtle theater somewhere!
You could start at the Ridgewood theater which would be 1673 Myrtle under the old system and count the buildings from there down to V.G. Nichols and you might be able to get an approximate address in the old numbering system for the V.G. Nichols building.
Sally….Is it possible to get a copy of the maps that your using for reference?
Thanks again Warren. I entered the Miller theater on this site also.
Just when I thought that I wouldn’t find anymore theater’s that aren’t listed on this site, I come across this one.
Miller Theater address listed as 747 Sutter Ave, Brooklyn.
Was this a movie theater?
Thanks for the information Warren. I entered all three theater’s on this site.
Has anyone found anymore info on the Echo theater or either of the Imperial theater’s? Since I have a name and an address for them, I’m going to enter them on this site. I keep getting sidetracked with the Ridgewood Folly and I forgot all about these theater’s.
That is a very good question Warren and I would also like to know the answer to it as it might help in researching the buildings in that area. Just as the addresses have changed, the lot numbers in the area also have changed. When the lots on that block were first registered, that address had the lots numbered as 67 & 68. Under todays system, they are combined into one lot numbered lot 1. Maybe with the “old” address I could find more info on this building.
We are still missing something or at least I am. When was the original Folly and the Tavern torn down? If it was in 1918, why would they tear the building(s) down again in 1928? There must have been something else there between 1918 and 1928. Sally says that the Folly lasted until 1918 so what was there after the Folly until 1928? Was it a slightly larger theater that was removed in 1928? This one has me totally stumped!
That large building to the right of the Ridgewood Folly is a tavern? That’s interesting. If the original Folly theater survived until 1918 like you said, the tavern might have been removed due to prohibition and that would free up the land for a larger theater. Anyway, the deed shows two lots at that time and not the number of buildings on them. Today, those two lots are listed as one lot. The deed was probably amended when the Triangle Furniture store was built.
Bway……In the photo you saw of the Triangle Furniture store taken around 1940, does the building appear to you to have been built in the late twentys or does it look newer than that. If you believe it was built in the late twentys then that is when the Triangle Furniture store was built and we need to find out what building was located there prior to 1928. Sounds simple, doesn’t it. Don’t I wish it was that simple!
I wish that I could find a document that said theater “A” was located here, but you all know that it doesn’t work that way. If the Folly or any other theater was on that site, I believe that it was torn down in 1928 and that is why no one remembers it being there. I took a good look at the photo of the Folly theater and as you pointed out Bway, there is a building to the right of it. A large building at that. Also, there does not appear to be a building to its left, so the Folly could have been a corner building. If the Folly was located there, whoever owned it might have owned another business and that is the building located to its right.
I’m starting to feel like one of those “cold case detectives”. This one is really tough. In 1928 a building was razed on that site and a new one erected. Size of new building is listed as 20,000 square feet. It doesn’t say what the old or the new building was used for. If the Triangle furniture store was the one being built in 1928 then the theater would have been the one torn down in 1928.
The Blockbuster site is even more difficult because it is listed as a leased building so not many records are listed under their name. The portion of Myrtle ave that Blockbuster is located on was originally owned by the Myrtle Realty Corp. The lots were registered with the Queens clerk on 12/3/1907. If any theater was located there, it was built after 1907. I’ll keep looking.
It is possible that the addresses were different when or if a movie theater was on this site, but my searches don’t use an address anyway. I first have to find the block and lot number which isn’t too difficult to do so long as there is a current business operating on that location. Entering the current business name gives you the block and lot number. For example, this location is known as block #3450 and lot #1. After I enter the block and lot numbers, any addresses used for businesses that were located on that property are shown. So far only 5505 Myrtle appears in all the documents except one which also lists Triangle Furniture as 5505 Madison st. That could be an error in the records.
The property at St. Nicholas ave and Myrtle Ave known as V.G. Nichols, formerly Selinger’s formerly Triangle Furniture is a large piece of property and in my opinion not the site of the Ridgewood Folly theater. But I agree that it could have been the site of another movie theater. On one of these theater messages, I’m not sure which one, someone mentioned a Myrtle theater. Do you think that this “mystery theater” could have been that Myrtle theater or did we already answer the Myrtle theater question?
I did a property search of 5505 Myrtle Avenue and it lists a Selinger’s Furniture store which became V. G. Nichols in 1981. I’ll have to see if I can trace this address back any further.
Sally….Your not related to Ridgewood Bill are you? (just kidding) Anyway, I’ll check out that address and see what I can find. Thanks!
Warren……I looked at a zoning map of Brooklyn and according to that map, 11205 is listed as Ft. Greene and 11206 is just listed as Metropolitan.
I looked at two different maps and one lists that section as Williamsburg and the other lists it as Bushwick. Also, one map lists the zip code as 11205 and the other as 11206. I’ll have to find another map.
Good observation, the second Imperial was very close to the Halsey theater. Time for more research.
Maybe you guys already knew this, but I just discovered that there were two Imperial theater’s in Brooklyn. I don’t see either listed on this website. The one that I was asking about was located at 157 Irving Ave, Brooklyn. Now I see that there was also an Imperial theater located at 869 Halsey St. Does anyone have any info on this second Imperial theater?
I was just curious as to when it made the switchover to multiplex. I would like to see this theater go on for at least another 100 years. Its not just a theater, its part of the history of Ridgewood. Maybe one day it will become a landmark.
Does anyone know what year this theater became a multiplex theater?
Richie…..You remember the train tracks? I guess that I’m not losing my marbles after all. I don’t remember the pony’s but I do remember some kind of animals being there. If you saw movies at the Majestic, you must be slightly older than me. What years did you play stickball on Greene ave?
Warren…..Thanks for the info on the Jefferson theater. I entered it on this site. Do you have a seating capacity for either the Imperial or Echo theater?
Okay guys, thanks. I have no knowledge of the Jefferson Theater either, but there was a theater at that location at some point i time. I’m doing research on other theater’s and I came across those three theater’s. None of them are listed on this website so I thought that I would post a message about them. It appears that there are more “missing” theater’s than I thought. I’m trying not to get sidetracked with these theater’s but at the same time I don’t want to just ignore them. If anyone has info on them, just enter them on this site. I post the names of the theater’s that I find for two main reasons:
A…Were movies actually shown at the theater?
B…Is the theater already listed on here under another name?
I don’t want to enter a theater on this site and later on discover that it was a “live” theater or it is already listed here under another name. Most of you know far more about these theater’s than I do and that’s why I ask for your help with them.