Gem Theatre

3355 Fulton Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11208

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The Gem Theatre was a small neighborhood theater in the Cypress Hills section of Brooklyn.

Contributed by Peter Koch

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onni
onni on May 17, 2006 at 11:57 am

I can tell you that the Gem was an upgrade of the old Adelphi. The Adelphi had fallen into disrepair so the facade and interior was replaced. The building itself was not replaced but it was an extensive job.It was near to maybe next to the Hamburg Savings Bank. How do I know? Because I am 77 yrs old & walked by the Adelphi-Gem many times in the 1930’s.But I can also add that the Gem never was much of a compeditor (spelling?) to the Embassy.

PKoch
PKoch on May 17, 2006 at 12:07 pm

Thank you, onni, for revealing your age, and for contributing to a theater page that I started. I hope Karl B returns to this site, and that you, being several years older, and apparently quite knowledgable, are able to answer some of his questions, and clear up some mysteries.

Thanks for coming here.

The correct spelling is “competitor”, and thanks for asking. Poor spelling is one of my bete-noirs, bugbears, and pet peeves.

Please check out Tapeshare’s Cypress Hills – East New York site, the link to which is several posts above this one.

I am familiar with this neighborhood because my father’s parents and sister lived at 169 Chestnut Street from sometime between 1956 and 1960, to summer 1968, when they moved to Woodhaven.

Bway
Bway on June 13, 2006 at 5:23 am

Here’s a photo of the Gem Theater. I assume it’s the bank building on the corner:

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tapeshare
tapeshare on June 13, 2006 at 6:42 am

Sorry, but that is not a photo of the Gem Theater. The Gem
was torn down to make room for the expansion of that bank building
and a parking lot/drive thru. The Adelphi/Gem sat where that
parking lot is now.

As Onni confirmed, the Adelphi
was renovated and a CO dated July 25, 1932 was issued after
the renovation.

Bway
Bway on June 13, 2006 at 7:09 am

I thought it was where that lot was, but in the description above it says, “Use: Bank” and that’s what confused me. Then it should be changed above to “Closed/Demolished” if it was in fact where that parking lot is.

tapeshare
tapeshare on June 13, 2006 at 9:24 am

I can see your confusion. The tax lots and addresses were
merged over time so when people research this they often
get thrown off. If you visit my website you can see a lot
of shots of the area over time. Unfortunately a shot of
the Gem has eluded me so far.

KarlB
KarlB on June 13, 2006 at 11:25 am

For some reason I cannot open the link to the picture that you provide. I worked for the bank in 1955 when it was known as the Hamburg Savings Bank. the bank had the theatre and two store fronts razed to double the size of the bank building, and create a drive in banking window. The Gem was located in the middle of the block, just about half way between Crescent and Hemlock Sts. If the parking lot is still there that is where most of the Gem stood.

PKoch
PKoch on June 13, 2006 at 11:34 am

Karl B, good to have you back ! I was hoping you would be. I hope you are well. You could certainly help in these Gem and Embassy Theater discussions !

jflundy
jflundy on September 9, 2008 at 12:12 pm

The Complete Street Guide to Brooklyn, 1939 World’s Fair Edition, lists the Adelphi Theater at 3355 Fulton Street.

Bway
Bway on April 30, 2009 at 10:36 am

Is the building the bank using the old theater?

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