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New York Times of November 26, 1925
“1,800-SEAT THEATRE FOR UTICA AVENUE; A. Brody, Builder, Sells Crown St. Corner for $75,000.
A. Brody, builder, sold the northeast corner of Utica Avenue and Crown Street, being 140 feet on Utica Avenue by 100 feet on Crown Street, to the N. R. Theatres, Inc., which will improve with a theatre to contain 1,800 seats, with stores, facing on Utica Avenue"
I find a Liberty Theater that was located about 10 blocks away from the Pitkin’s location listed in the 1928 Brooklyn Red Book. The address given is Liberty Avenue and Watkins Street. Google indicates that these streets no longer exist on the grid. Does this Liberty Theater appear under another name on this site ?
The 1928 Brooklyn Red Book lists a movie venue, the Putnam Theater, up Fulton from the Momart’s 590 Fulton. It is listed at Fulton and Grand Avenue. That would put it somewhere around 1003 to 1012 Fulton. Is this theater listed under another name on this site ?
Photo Mardi Gras Theater on Nostrand
1930 photo: View link
http://www.shorpy.com/node/5539?size=_original Link will take you to large format photo from January 1921, attraction Poli Negri in “Passion”.
Thanks for the information Bway !
An ad for the “New Capitol Theater” on Thursday May 27,1937:
Thanks for the correction Warren. I missed that “t” in the ad print.
In January 1945 the State Theater was part of the Kalle chain:
Suffolk County News ads for Unique and Palace Theaters from 6 July 1923. Palace was in Patchogue and I believe the Unique in Sayville. Does anyone have more information on these two ?
Suffolk County News ad from 6 July 1923:
Here is an ad from 4 December 1929 for the Patchogue and Rialto Prudential Theaters:
An ad for the Port Jefferson Theater from the same page still lists that Theater as a Glynne house:
Here is an ad from December of 1931 for the Patchogue Theater
Another great photo ! Trolleys have been gone for three years, tracks are paved over, and bus can be seen on West Pike.
Thanks Again Lost Memory.
This article relates to purchase of the land upon which the Marine was constructed:
Link to article on construction of Flatbush Theater in 1914:
Jim Fisk was a Wall Street shark and took control of the Erie Railroad along with Jay Gould. The Erie Railroad general Offices were in the Grand Opera House building which was owned by Fisk in the 1870’s. In 1945, one outer door remained with the initials ER still marked on it on 28th Street, long after the Railroad had moved out.
This is a large and wide photo. Pan to right with your Browser to see “Moore’s Garden Theater”.
The July 7, 1933 Brooklyn Eagle carried the following notice in its movie ad section:
“All The Beer You Want at the RKO Prospect
Here’s some good news for those theater patrons who are planning to attend next Wednesday’s Gala Community Night Show at the RKO Prospect. Immediately after the show the stage will be cleared to the back wall-the entire space devoted to dancing-and all the beer you desire to drink is yours for the asking.”
This is the Tivoli under another name.
A photo from November 24, 1925:
Harold Lloyd as “The Freshman” is playing as orphans gather under thr marquee.
I think the answer may be something along these lines. In 1922 the Bushwick was Keith’s primary house and featured Vaudeville in a deLuxe setting. The Madison and Monroe were also under Keith’s management, both with identical in seating capacity and somewhat spartan, all very close to one and another, but with latter two catering to the low end of the market in terms of price.
The market for entertainment in this neighborhood at that time was great as is attested to by the large number of theaters we can see listed on CT. Economies of scale in management and film rentals were obvious. The assistant manager of the Bushwick could cover all the houses. The film program could be staggered so if the same program was scheduled, only one set of prints were needed and reels could be hot swapped, a common practice in Brooklyn among theaters under the same management in Teens and early Twenties.
Something happened before December 18, 1922 when the second ad appeared.
Could it be that management of the two small houses passed from Keith’s Bushwick team to a new entity with the new Madison team becoming responsible for the satellite Monroe as an annex ? Perhaps the name change reflects this. Is there any further ad for the Madison in 1922 ?
My Uncle was an Usher at the Etude. His boss also owned the Grand. This was in 1915-16. One of his duties was to run reels from the Etude to the Grand.
I have seen 8mm movies of the last day of operation of the Utica-Reid carline in early 1951 and the Aster marquee can be seen in the background of a shot of a Car turning, but it is not clear enough to see if it still was open or not.