Madison Theater

1410 Broadway,
Bushwick,
Brooklyn, NY 11221

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Madison Theater

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The Madison Theater was located next to the Bushwick Theater on Broadway in Brooklyn. The Madison Theater opened in September 1914 and was operated by B.F. Keith, who also operated the adjacent Bushwick Theater. Seating was provided for 450 in the orchestra and 150 is the balcony. This was a silent movie theater that lasted about a decade closing in 1924.

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Bway
Bway on November 18, 2008 at 7:00 pm

No, this was a seperate theater. I remember before it was added, there was a whole controversy, but it was heavily researched, and I have seen it confirmed in publication, as well as it’s address on Broadway., and that this was right next to the RKO Bushwick, to it’s left facing the Bushwick. It was a silent movie house, and didn’t last long, and was closed by the 1920’s already.
The Monroe is on the other side of Howard Ave, and doesn’t front Broadway at all, as it’s at the corner of Howard and Monroe.

jflundy
jflundy on November 28, 2008 at 1:11 pm

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 ?

jflundy
jflundy on March 19, 2009 at 12:51 pm

I have just read a 1924 issue of the Brooklyn Eagle Almanac. It lists the Madison (600 seats) as Keith’s.

Bway
Bway on May 18, 2009 at 9:01 am

Keith’s owned this little theater? I guess it closed it when it got involved in the Bushwick Theater next door?

jflundy
jflundy on May 25, 2009 at 8:42 am

I have a copy of the 1928 Brooklyn Red Book. It lists the Madison, without Keith’s, KA, etc. prefix, at Broadway and Madison as a Vaudeville house (and the Monroe at Broadway and Monroe as a Motion Picture house). Perhaps Keith’s had leased it out at this time to a cut rate operator ?

Bway
Bway on May 26, 2009 at 7:59 am

That is probable. They may have leased it out when they took over an interest in the Bushwick theater?

jflundy
jflundy on May 26, 2009 at 1:06 pm

No, Keith’s acquired the Bushwick much earlier. It also operated the Monroe and Madison for periods of time.

Bruce Calvert
Bruce Calvert on December 20, 2010 at 10:29 am

I have a complete January, 1917 program from the Madison-Monroe that can be seen at the Silent Film Still Archive

Bway
Bway on August 15, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Thanks so much! It’s nice to finally see a photo of this theater!

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 15, 2012 at 7:52 pm

Interesting, that small wedge section of seats at the back of the auditorium just where the center aisle forks off to the rear exits. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything quite like that, right on the center line of a theater!

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