Madison Theater

1410 Broadway,
Bushwick,
Brooklyn, NY 11221

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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!

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 15, 2012 at 1:52 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.

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

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

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 14, 2012 at 7:47 am

Described and pictured in this 1915 trade article: archive

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

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.

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 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 ?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 18, 2009 at 9:08 am

Looks like Keith’s was operating both theaters. Should Keith’s be an aka name?

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 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.

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 ?

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on November 28, 2008 at 10:25 am

Here are two puzzling ads from 1922 for the Madison Monroe. Why would two theatres so close to each other be presenting the same programs at the same time? In the first ad, two addresses are given. The second ad, for the following week, shows only Broadway and Howard, and uses “Theatre” in the singular:
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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.

PeterKoch
PeterKoch on November 18, 2008 at 2:21 pm

No, Warren, the Madison Theatre on this page was at 1410 Broadway, next to the RKO Bushwick, near the corner of Broadway and Madison Street. It was a silent movie theatre.

The Monroe was a sound movie theatre nearby, but at a totally different address, 4 Howard Avenue, between Monroe and Madison Streets, across Howard Avenue from the RKO Bushwick Theatre.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on November 18, 2008 at 1:45 pm

I believe that this is the same theatre listed here as the Monroe. One of the listings needs to be removed. The original name was Madison, and changed to Monroe in 1922. For a time during the transition, it was advertised as the Madison Monroe Theatre.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 17, 2008 at 9:14 am

The Brooklyn Eagle Almanac did come in handy. It gave us the seat count for this theater.

jflundy
jflundy on October 17, 2008 at 6:36 am

“The Brooklyn Eagle Almanac” was published yearly from the 90’s up until at least to 1929. I have hard copies of 1900, 1910 and 1927. The 1922 edition is available online as Lost Memory points out.

Some editions contain seating plans of some theaters. Another source of infomation are the various Brooklyn Street Guides such as Woolworth’s, the Red Book, etc. Another book to look for is the “Long Island Almanac and Year Book” published by the “Eagle”.

Among the seating plans featured in the 1927 edition of the Brooklyn Almanac are the Bushwick and Greenpoint Theaters.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on October 17, 2008 at 6:15 am

The Brooklyn Eagle Almanac is not very reliable for theatre research. It only listed theatres that advertised regularly in that newspaper, and many theatres did not.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 16, 2008 at 6:17 pm

Bway….Here is the link to the 1922 Almanac. You can read it online or you can download it. It is a pdf file almost 47 megs. Don’t download if your on a dial up modem. There are only two pages that I have found concerning theaters. The rest of the book is standard almanac stuff. It might come in handy if your going to be on the tv show Jeopardy. LOL

Bway
Bway on October 16, 2008 at 5:34 pm

Lost, do you have a link to this page in the almanac or how to find it?

PeterKoch
PeterKoch on October 16, 2008 at 2:55 pm

Thanks, Lost Memory.

I don’t know if the non-RKO Madison had a balcony or not. Perhaps only a small one like Loew’s Trylon had.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 16, 2008 at 12:54 pm

I just downloaded the 1922 version of the Brooklyn Eagle Almanac. In that version, the Madison is listed under Keith’s theaters as J.F. Lundy pointed out.

The Ridgewood is not listed in 1918, but is listed in 1922 as Ridgewood (Wm. Fox) Myrtle and Cypress ave. Seats 2154. S.P. Whiting Mgr.

The first comment on this page mentions that “The most impressive thing about this two story theatre is the electric signage on front. The Bushwick can be seen looming in the background.” Since it was a two story building, I wonder if it had a balcony.

PeterKoch
PeterKoch on October 16, 2008 at 12:15 pm

Thanks for these facts, Bway and Lost Memory. Interesting that the two Madison Theatres never operated at the same time.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 16, 2008 at 12:00 pm

I don’t know when the planning began for the RKO Madison, Bway. I guess it is possible that Beacon was the first choice for the name of the Madison in Ridgewood because of this Madison Theater. I honestly don’t know.

J.F. Lundy….I found a 1918 version of the Brooklyn Eagle Almanac. In this version the Madison isn’t listed with the Keith’s theaters. Keith’s theaters are grouped together as are Loew’s theaters. The Madison follows the Loew’s listing in alphabetical order. The only information given is, Madison Theater, Madison near Broadway, seats 600, H. Phillips Mgr.