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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jflundy
jflundy on March 19, 2009 at 7:51 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 5:01 pm

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 4:42 pm

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 3:59 pm

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 9:06 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 6:29 pm

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

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 14, 2012 at 3:47 pm

Described and pictured in this 1915 trade article: archive

Bway
Bway on August 15, 2012 at 8:42 pm

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

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 15, 2012 at 9:52 pm

You’re welcome! I was very surprised to find it, and only by chance. I should be so lucky in the Mega Millions lottery.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 16, 2012 at 3:52 am

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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