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Bway commented about Best Buy Theater on Mar 21, 2011 at 12:14 pm

I haven’t been there since it first reopened as the Nokia Theater shortly after it closed as the Astor Plaza. Too bad, as it was nice back then, but then again it was pretty new yet when I was there. Now it sounds like a typical club with sticky floors.

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Bway commented about Vogue Theatre on Mar 21, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Indeed! They even cut some of the lower branches off that ridiculous tree!

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Bway commented about Ridgewood Theatre on Mar 10, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Peter, I remember that toy store at Catalpa and Myrtle, it went out of business in the early 70’s some time. It had to be later than 1973, but it was close to that, perhaps 74 or 75. It was actually on Catalpa Ave, although that group of stores almost feel like they face Myrtle.

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Bway commented about Irving Theatre on Mar 10, 2011 at 6:46 am

Sorry, my message above got messed up, ignore my above message, this is the way it was supposed to be typed:

Yes, the address should be changed to the proper address, as in the index, as that is what the address of the building is currently to. Perhaps the number listed at the top was the address for the adjoining airdrome?
In any event, I agree that this theater probably should be called the “Irving Theater” as opposed to the Mozart which it was for barely a year, while the whole life, the theater was the Irving Theater.
The policy of the site (for better or worse – I can see it both ways) is to name the theater title for the current or last operating name of a theater. It’s for consistency. That unfortunately means that some very WELL known names for their past namkes of the theater, are not the name listed, but the current, or last known operating name of the building.
That means that a theater that is now a Performing Arts Center, and operating as a theater would be found as it’s current name, but is good, but the side effect of that would be places like the famous Wonder Theater, the 175th Street Theater in Manhattan is listed as the “United Palace Theater”, the Mayfair Theater in Times Square is listed as the Embassy 2 3, and they modest Irving Theater is listed as the Mozart.
It’s sort of a shame that a theater like the Mayfair or 175th St Theater have to be delegated to their much less known names, but for consistency, it has to be this way. Again, I can see it both ways, but the list can be beneficial either way too with this policy.

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Bway commented about Irving Theatre on Mar 10, 2011 at 6:45 am

Wonder Theater, the 175th Street Theater in Manhattan is listed as the “United Palace Theater”, the Mayfair Theater in Times Square is listed as the Embassy 2 3, and they modest Irving Theater is listed as the Mozart.
It’s sort of a shame that a theater like the Mayfair or 175th St Theater have to be delegated to their much less known names, but for consistency, it has to be this way. Again, I can see it both ways, but the list can be beneficial either way too with this policy.

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Bway commented about Ridgewood Theatre on Feb 18, 2011 at 2:21 pm

I didn’t know there was a public hearing about the theater the other day. I would have considered going, as I was in Ridgewood that day. And why wouldthey have it in Williamsburg? Shouldn’t they have had it in Ridgewood somewhere, or at least in Bushwick?

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Bway commented about RKO Madison Theatre on Feb 17, 2011 at 9:47 am

Here is perhaps one of the best interior photos of the former palatial lobby of the RKO Madison that I have seen to date. It just boggles the mind that they decided it would be a good idea to destroy this beauty in the 1980’s:

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Click below for the full page on the Madison:

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Bway commented about Grand Theatre on Feb 17, 2011 at 9:13 am

Here are the photos GTB sent me. They are GREAT!

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Bway commented about Grand Theatre on Feb 15, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I can host the photo online if you have a scanned photo of it. My mail is myrtlebway at hotmail dot com

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Bway commented about Eagle Theater on Feb 15, 2011 at 6:55 pm

Someone else I know claims to have also used the theater in the 40’s, so it’s not really clear when it closed.

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Bway commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Feb 10, 2011 at 6:14 pm

Great photos, well great to see them, not the depressingness of what was allowed to happen to the place. Thanks so much!

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Bway commented about Vogue Theatre on Feb 3, 2011 at 3:32 pm

I love trees, but I still find it absolutely amazing that they thought it was a good idea to plant a tree right up against a theater marquee! It’s so crazy!

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Bway commented about AMC Downtown Disney 24 on Jan 31, 2011 at 6:19 pm

I guess because Pleasure Island doesn’t really exist anymore. Used to be a fun place….

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Bway commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Jan 24, 2011 at 8:32 am

I still don’t understand the concept…if they make the “lobby of glass on one side so it can be seen from the street”, doesn’t that DESTROY the whole street side of the lobby? This whole concept sounds absurd. But then again, “preservation” has been absurd lately anyway.

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Bway commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Jan 23, 2011 at 4:26 am

That’s similar to what is happening to the Ridgewood Theater. It was an operating theater just 2 or 3 years ago, and now they claim it is “in shambles” or “beyond home or repair” it’s maddening.

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Bway commented about Greenpoint Star Theatre on Jan 17, 2011 at 12:21 pm

I assume this small odd building on the left is the old theater?
By the way, the map link brings me right to that intersection.

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Bway commented about New Linden Theatre on Jan 10, 2011 at 4:07 am

Someone at BB found that photo, but I don’t know where they found it. It may be from the Brooklyn Library’s Brookly Eagle archive.

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Bway commented about New Linden Theatre on Jan 9, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Here’s a photo taken from the other direction in the 1920’s:

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Bway commented about New Linden Theatre on Jan 9, 2011 at 12:05 pm

John, I have also took up the speculation that the movie house may have something to do with the Restaurant/Brewery. Perhaps a way to bring people to the Restaurant/Bar. It’s very possible it was a very small theater space, a part of the Brewery property. Back then of course movies were sort of a novelty, so it would not be surprising that they thought it would be good to entertain with some mugs of beer, etc, while watching a movie on a small screen. The unity of all the buildings under the same Brewery ownership would also explain the multiple addresses, as if it was one entity with several buildings, for ownership purposes, it may have had only the one main office address used. Most properties with multiple lots only use one mailing address.
This also may explain the “Linden Garden” name, another “coincidence” too large to ignore.

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Bway commented about New Linden Theatre on Jan 7, 2011 at 5:00 am

The small building in the middle, still standing, was the brewery entrance. Here’s a link about it below. Could that mean the building on the left, at Grove and Evergreen was once the New Linden Theater?

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Bway commented about New Linden Theatre on Jan 7, 2011 at 4:57 am

Okay, I just did some more research, and the corner of Linden and Evergreen housed a large wooden frame Victorian looking building which housed the Brewery Restaurant, so the theater was not at the Linden and Grove corner where the empty lot is today. The small brick building between the mystery building and the wood framed building is still there today, and is seen in the photo of Linden and Evergreen shown here in 1907. This building burned down in another fire in the 1950’s and has been a vacant lot since. But now….where is the New Linden Theater? Is it the “mystery” building at Grove and Evergreen, or was it on the other corner of Linden, where Hope gardens is now? In any event, the small brick building surving in the middle is 403 Evergreen. Hmmmm.
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Bway commented about New Linden Theatre on Jan 7, 2011 at 4:48 am

We did some research on this building on Bushwick Buddies a while back, and this New Linden Theater discovery fits the puzzle VERY well, and is almost a missing link needed.
The farthest information we could find out about this building on Evergreen on the block between Linden and Grove is that the Frank Ibert Brewery occupied this block, and on June 24, 1925, the block was destroyed by a fire. That’s probably when this building lost the left hand side of it’s bricks near the roof. It’s unclear if just the brewery burned, or perhaps that could also explain why the New Linden Theater “faded away” as described in your intro. Things that make you say “hmmmmm”, the plot thickens….

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Bway commented about New Linden Theatre on Jan 7, 2011 at 4:31 am

It is quite possible, and this building has interested me on whether it was a theater for years, as it looks like so many of the other small old Bushwick Theaters like the Wyckoff Theater, Imperial, Eagle/Luxor, etc. The 405 number puts it right on that block, and of course, as we know there was a theater building, and an airdrome theater on this location, so it’s possible they were next to eachother, and the address number could have been the airdrome location. Currently, I think the property is being used as a church (I looked up the tax record, and it says “religious”).
The coincidence is almost too much right now, this “could” be the building, and would answer a lot of questions.

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Bway commented about New Linden Theatre on Jan 6, 2011 at 5:47 pm

John, you may have stumbled into a mystery that I have had for many years….I once posted this photo when I first past this building some years ago…..and asked “What was this theater”. It seems to match the spot of the New Linden Theater…..

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I had asked about it in some Bushwick theater here, but you may have just answered it! By the way, the building looks better now than when I took this photo some years ago:

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Bway commented about Winthrop Theater on Jan 2, 2011 at 11:46 am

Yes, the same was true for Ridgewood and Bushwick too. There were very few corner intersections that didn’t have at least one bar on the corner….