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I remember waiting for the Daily News Evening Edition on that corner newsstand. There was always a guy working there with crutches.
Wyckoff Ave. station.
To put this to sleep, that is the Rogers on the corner of Broadway and Park street in the Bushwick Section. I was raised on Park street about 5 doors down from the theater….1948/1964.
Another church turned disco: remember the ‘Electric Circus’ in Greenwich Village (St. Marks Pl.) during the sixties. If I remember right it was previously a Greek Orthdox church.
You’re right B'way, it certainly looks like they cleaned the graffiti from the building. Looks like they took the scaffolding down too.
Google has revised its website. If you go onto Google Maps and type in 1396 Broadway Brooklyn NY then click on the “street view” box in the lower right it will walk you right up to the theater. Notice the construction walkway on the B'way side of the theater. Don’t know if they’re planning renovations or just preventing old facade from coming down on pedestrians. (You’ll also see quite a bit of graffiti on that side of the building).
This website is especially great if you want to visit your old block.
I remember “House on Haunted Hill” at the Bushwick. I also recall the skeleton being pelted with paper clips and candy as it floated across the theater, (surely it was self-defense).
Hey Herb, I’m afraid they were long gone when I arrived. I lived there from 1948 (Year born) to ‘64. I do remember 37 Park Street because my cousins lived there. Their grandfather Joseph Rannazzisi
bought the building probably in the thirties. There was a storefront on the ground floor (ask your mom if it was there in the twenties) which the old man had a butcher shop. It was really a nice little block.
Hey guys, you actually have a partial photo of the Rogers marquee in one of the photos here. Bway’s post that has four photos, the third one (no.2175) shows the Flushing Ave station. On the extreme right you’ll see a yellow vertical sign. That sign, which says Rogers, was above and perpendiclar to the regular marquee which is obstructed by the tracks. The four story building behind it was a furniture store.
Joe, I have no idea what the inside looked like. That place was always pitch black. I do remember the lighted signs of ladies room on the left side of the screen (with the seated woman powdering her nose) and the men’s room on the right side. I don’t remember the cats or sawdust. I’m 56 so I was there a bit after you. I also went to PS 145. Remember walking through the Rheingold Brewrie and getting sick from the smell of the hops the first couple of weeks?
Hi Florida Joe, did you go to P.S. 24? Your list of the Bushwick theatres was excellent except for one thing, the top of that building behind the Flushing Ave Station could not have been the Rogers Theatre. I remember that building which was on the corner of Fayette St. as a shoe store in the fifties. I read somewhere, (I think on the forgotten-ny websight) that that building was originally an old vauldville theater. The Rogers was two blocks east of there and stood exactly on the spot of the laundramat in Bway’s photo. I was born and raised on that little block (Park Street). I remember the skinny, grey-haired projectionist had a window over-looking our street and used to spend countless hours watching us play stickball below him.
On another post (Century Theatre) it mentions that place being alongside the Monroe but closing in the forties. I, however, seem to remember a Century Theatre being open in the late fifties on Broadway
down toward Flushing Ave.
Unless I’m mistaken, I remember a Century Theatre somewhere on Broadway, I think down toward Flushing Ave in the late fifties.
The second Rogers Theatre (mentioned in the first post) at 835 Broadway was on my corner. It cost 25 cents in the fifties to see a movie and 5 cartoons. It wasn’t exactly first run movies being shown
there, as a matter of fact sometimes you’d see a film there that was shown on Channel nine’s Million Dollar Movie the week before. I always wonder where the name (Rogers) came from. I guess it was owned
by the same people as the Rogers Ave theatre.
I was born on Bushwick Ave in 1948. Went to PS24 on Beaver Street.
I also remember seeing House on Haunted Hill at the Bushwick Theater.
I remember when the skeleton came across the theater on the wire all you would hear is paper clips and Red Devil candy bouncing off it.
We would also frequent the Loews (then pronounced Loweees)Gates.
There was also the RKO Madison further down B'way and still further,
right on my corner was the Rogers Theater. Anyone remember that
place? Park Ave and Broadway.