Folly Theatre

15 Debevoise Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11206

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Astyanax on June 19, 2006 at 4:56 am

Any idea when the Folly actually closed? This question has come up in regard to another site, the Aster. I recall in the mid 50’s there being a Friendly Frost appliance store on the corner of Graham Ave & Debevoise St., a fairly modern looking (stark/plain) structure that would not have gone back to the turn of the century.

Warren, any chance you could re-post the above picture, as the link has expired. Thanks!

JoeS on May 5, 2005 at 7:30 pm

According to the Brooklyn Eagle the Folly was a Richard Hyde’s new
and magnificant Theater and it would open on October 14,1901.
The Manager of the Folly would be a Mr. Clarke who had worked for
Mr. Hyde a number of years.Many prominent folks would attend and
be well cared for by the management.A good orchestra had been engaged
and they would make the Folly the most popular Theater in Brooklyn.
The opening weeks bill would be Tom Lewis and Tim Ryan in a sketch
“Mixed Tenant’s” revised by Mr. W.J.Hyde;the Three Mortons,Sam,Clara
and Kate,favorite dancers George Felix and Lydia Barry in the sketch
“The Vaudeville”.

Afcham on August 30, 2004 at 1:46 am

Jackie Gleason was from the Bedford section (I photographed his old house on Chauncey street). The name Bedford Stuyvesant stuck in the 1920’s or 30’s. He would come back to visit from time time, many people remember him coming back to play Pool (There was pool hall on Broadway, a couple blocks from the RKO Bushwick). He would also visit his old buddy who worked at 81st precinct (across the street from the old Empire).

Orlando on May 4, 2004 at 2:21 pm

That’s what I like about Cinema Treasures, some people take everything that is written so personally as if one can’t make a statement without always being corrected or attacked.

Orlando on May 4, 2004 at 1:48 pm

Actually, it was his second, the Comedy Theatre was his first at 194 Grand Street. It was a former 1850’s “speakeasy” that had fallen into ruins by 1903. The Folly, his second undertaking, was leased to William Fox at first and then sold to him, I believe. The Comedy which became the Metro in 1937 lasted until 1953. The Comedy opened in 1918 or thereabouts, closed in 1929. It remained closed until 1937.

William on May 4, 2004 at 11:56 am

The Folly Theatre seated 1750 people.