Woodrow Theater

610 Wilson Avenue,
Bushwick,
Brooklyn, NY 11207

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Bway
Bway on May 4, 2009 at 12:22 pm

This theater didn’t appear to last too long.

Bway
Bway on June 19, 2006 at 8:00 am

The Woodrow building had been replaced by two small one story buildings at some point:

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 26, 2005 at 10:44 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!

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 26, 2005 at 9:16 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 6:11 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

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on August 25, 2005 at 6:17 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 25, 2005 at 2:27 pm

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.

Bway
Bway on August 25, 2005 at 11:35 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.

Bway
Bway on August 25, 2005 at 11:33 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

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 25, 2005 at 11:14 am

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

Bway
Bway on August 25, 2005 at 11:05 am

Well, anyway, we can obviously change the status to demolished, because it doesn’t appear these buildings were ever a theater, but obviously the two lots had “something” tornn down at some point.

Bway
Bway on August 25, 2005 at 11:03 am

Somewhere on this site, we must have been talking about this theater last year some time (probably when everyone was researching for missing Brooklyn Theaters in the Ridgewood Theater section), because I took a photo of this site last year when I took a whole bunch of theater photos.

Anyway, here’s the link from last September

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 25, 2005 at 3:36 am

The American Motion Picture Directory 1914-1915 has this listed as the Decatur Theater, 612 Hamburg Avenue (today Wilson Avenue).

In the 1926 edition of Film Daily Yearbook it has been re-named the Woodrow Theater, 610 Wilson Avenue with a seating capacity of 300 and has the same details in the 1927 edition. In the 1930 edition of F.D.Y. it has disappeared from the listings and I can’t see an operating theatre listed at this address in any further editions of F.D.Y.. Maybe it never made it into ‘talkies’

Regarding the ‘other’ Decatur Theater at 1674 Broadway, Brooklyn (600 seats) mentioned above by shoeshoe /theaters/7929/ it is listed as operating in the 1926 edition of F.D.Y., this could perhaps? have been the People’s Pleasure Palace which is listed in The American Motion Picture Directory 1914-1915 as being located at 1676 Broadway, Brooklyn.

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on August 24, 2005 at 10:13 pm

According to cinematour.com, the Decatur Theatre was located at 1674 Broadway in Brooklyn. The Woodrow has no listing.