Woodrow Theater

610 Wilson Avenue,
Bushwick,
Brooklyn, NY 11207

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Listed in the American Motion Picture Directory 1914-1915 as the Decatur Theater at 612 Hamburg Avenue (today Wilson Avenue) in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn. This theater appears in the 1926 edition of the Film Daily Yearbook and has been re-named the Woodrow Theater at 610 Wilson Avenue. The Woodrow Theater is not listed in the 1930 Film Daily Yearbook which would indicate that it was a silent-era theater. An address search shows a Rimco Pharmacy, Inc. located in the building in 2000.

It was demolished in late-2012, and in June 2013, the site was an empty plot of land.

Contributed by Ken Roe & Lost Memory

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 25, 2005 at 8:14 am

Bway;Thanks for the photo and confirmation of the site’s current status. Much appreciated.

Bway
Bway on August 25, 2005 at 8:33 am

You are welcome. I’ve had the photo on my computer for the last year, but had “no place to post it”. I don’t even remember where we all discussed it. It had to be somewhere on this site, ,talked about under another theater, for me to photograph it last year.

BTW, speaking of “mystery theaters”, I found noticed this old theater when I was in Bushwick a few weeks ago. I have no idea what it was. It’s 435 Evergreen Ave, at the corner of Grove and Evergreen. If anyone with one of those theater books could look up anything on Evergreen Ave, it would be appreciated.
Lostmemory did a little research on it, and found out the building is now owned by HUD.

Here’s the links to photos of it:

Photo 1

Photo 2

Bway
Bway on August 25, 2005 at 8:35 am

Hahaha, lost, we must have been typing at the same time….were both thinking the same thing!

As for your question about the Woodrow (your message wasn’t there when I started typing my above message), That corner building is quite old because of the cornices on it. I don’t believe it was the theater building, but it was built long ago.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 25, 2005 at 11:27 am

Iv'e looked through reference books 1914-1915, 1926, 1927, 1941 and no record of a theatre at that address on Evergreen Avenue, in fact no theatre on Evergreen or Grove at all. I admit the building does look theatrical though.

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on August 25, 2005 at 3:17 pm

Then please list it under “submit theaters” and enter as much info as you can find. Within a few hours, you’ll have more info added by site users.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 26, 2005 at 3:11 am

Film Daily Yearbook;1926 listed under Brooklyn has Arcade Theatre, 153 Green Street with 475 seats and Greene Street Arcade Theatre, 153 Greene Street with 400 seats.

Film Daily Yearbook;1927 listed under Brooklyn has Green Street Arcade Theatre, 153 Greene Street with 400 seats.

Spellings given here are as published. Confused?

I will leave this for someone with a more local knowledge to add

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 26, 2005 at 6:16 am

I had difficulties mapping, which is why I left it alone rather than make mistakes. No, it’s not listed in the American Motion Picture Directory 1914-1915. There is a Majestic Theatre listed in that book, located at Seneca Avenue and Greene Street, Brooklyn, but I believe this is actually in Queens! As I said>>>>>confused!

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 26, 2005 at 7:44 am

I think your change of name theory could be correct. No listing after 1927 at this address, so it probably only lasted a few years and closed as talkies came in. It’s not in the 1930 Film Daily Yearbook. Better get it listed lostmemory before this page becomes the Arcade Theatre/Greene Street Arcade Theatre debate. Thanks!

Bway
Bway on June 19, 2006 at 5:00 am

The Woodrow building had been replaced by two small one story buildings at some point:

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Bway
Bway on May 4, 2009 at 9:22 am

This theater didn’t appear to last too long.

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