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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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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.
Here’s a photo taken from the other direction in the 1920’s:
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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.
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?
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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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….
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.
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…..
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:
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….
Amazingly I am going on almost 7 years now here….I don’t know where the time went! I also stumbled on it by accident, back in 2003 when I was trying to find out what the “theater on Broadway by Howard is”….and found the RKO Bushwick, and the rest is history….
I use this site even when I go on vacation and find an old theater somewhere….when I get home I try and look it up here!
Interesting. I wonder if this attractive building is it:
Yes, I looked at the google street view, and there are typical tenement style old buildings on two of the corners, and the other two corners have buildings that could have replaced something, it could be either of the other two corners, one of which has a mid-century brick building, and the other, a newer condo building, which replaced something. Here’s a google street view:
The building must have been torn down, as I looked in google street view, and the current building doesn’t look to date to 1914
Ahhh, I had to do it, I found Both Vol 1 and 2 together for only $25 for both, so did the plunge….sounds to interesting to pass up.
I just looked up that book on Amazon, and it appears there’s a volume 1 and a volume 2…did you get both?
Does it have interior photos also? I am thinking about buying it.
So did the building go into some other use, or did they just tear it down some years later?
That is a pretty impressive auditorium. Was that build originally as a theater, and if so what theater?
The interior is in pretty bad shape. I have seen photos that were taken over 6-10 years ago, and back then it was already in pretty dire shape. Part of the plaster ceiling collapsed on one side of the proscenium for sure, and who knows how much more. Also, I am sure it hasn’t gotten better in the last 10 years either.
Yes, an operating theater only two years ago is now “too far gone”. Uh HUH. It’s a scandal in the making at this point.
Obviously, people saying this don’t want to miss their chance at making a buck destroying the place. And others don’t want to have to spend the money carefully saving some of the features. Disgusting.
I hope we are wrong here, but all signs point to the sad fact.
At LONG LAST! An Interior View of the Ridgewood Theater’s Procenium…..these taken in 1977
The Bushwick Twins? Wow, wouldn’t that be a good news that a “Bushwick Twin Theater” was moving in there…..but of course, the supermarket deal sound solid. Perhaps a “Bushwick Twin” theater in the balcony!
How about a Cypress Ave entrance to the orchestra level supermarket, and a Myrtle Ave entrance through the original lobby to a balcony Bushwick Twin Theater!
The reason there are two Rite Aides have something to do with the fact that there Genovese became Eckerds which became Rite Aid. I think Genovese is what originally went into the Meserole. The other Rite Aid may have been a Rite Aid or a Duane Reade which switched over to RIte Aid also. Through the mergers/acquisitions, you wound up with two of them.
It was an Eckard still, when I took this photo some years ago:
David, there were photos of the current interior posted in the past above, but I didn’t check to see if the links still work. In the meantime, here’s a link to one photo, the top photo is the Valencia as a church:
The theater is completely intact, and well maintained. The colors they have chosen to paint the interior is a little garish, but it’s better than the alternative, which would be not maintained. It still looks good.