Glory Theatre

71 Park Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11205

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The Park Palace Theatre is listed in the 1926 & 1927 Film Daily Yearbook’s. In the 1930 edition of Film Daily Yearbook it has been re-named Glory Theatre.

In 1932 a c/o was issued to a theatre at this address. A new stage and dressing rooms were added for a vaudeville theatre. The words ‘No Motion Pictures to be Displayed’ is written on the c/o.

It seems that movies never came back to this building and has since been demolished, as an apartment building now stands on the site.

Contributed by Ken Roe / Lost Memory

Recent comments (view all 19 comments)

ERD on February 25, 2008 at 9:37 am

Both spellings are correct. Theatre is a variant of theater. (“theatre” spelling comes from the French)

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 25, 2008 at 9:41 am

Something else that I came across:

“Theater” is a result of Noah Webster’s efforts in the 1830s to create an American language purified of English spellings: that’s when we lost “colour” “centre” and a lot of other
words that Noah deemed to be too British for the new American democracy. Since the American theatre/theater at the time was still dominated by British actors and managers, along with American actors and managers trying to suggest that theater/theatre was a high class
art, the practitioners rather stubbornly clung to the British spelling".

Since we lost “centre” and “colour”, we should lose “theatre” also. As I said before, I don’t want to get too involved with this subject. No matter how much we debate this issue, I’m not going to change your way of spelling this word and your certainly not going to change mine. And I don’t believe that the spelling on this page should have been changed.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on February 25, 2008 at 9:58 am

There’s no debate about the spelling of the words, it’s about the application. Showbiz trade journals in the USA have always used “theatre” for buildings and “theater” for the stage play industry. And The New York Times has an advertising feature headlined “Theater Directory: Your daily guide to theater,” meaning places where stage plays (including musicals) can be seen. But the sites are spelled “theatre,” ala Walter Kerr Theatre, Schoenfeld Theatre, Imperial Theatre, etcetera.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 25, 2008 at 10:32 am

This is from the Cambridge dictionary:

Definition of Theater: noun, U.S. for theatre. (Also movie theater) a cinema.

When I did a search for “theatre building”, I received the following: UK (U.S. theater) a building, room or outside structure with rows of seats.

Both definitions refer to the U.S. spelling as “theater”.

This definition for “Theatre” comes from a UK dictionary: Noun – An edifice in which dramatic performances or spectacles are exhibited for the amusement of spectators; anciently uncovered, except the stage, but in modern times roofed.

The UK definition doesn’t mention anything about movies. Since this theater was located in the United States, I don’t see anything wrong with listing it as the Glory Theater. Thats about all I have to say on this subject.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on February 25, 2008 at 10:50 am

British English tends to be more precise than American. Brits adopted “cinema” to differentiate between theatres that showed movies and theatres that presented plays. I don’t recall much usage of “cinema” in the USA until after WWII, when it became an “in” word for small theatres specializing in “art” films.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on February 25, 2008 at 1:29 pm

Perhaps the listings should be solely by name, without the disputed “t” word after it. Glory, for example. Or Roxy, or Paramount, or Loew’s Valencia, or Chicago, or Oriental, or Grauman’s Chinese, or Strand, or RKO Madison, or Fox, or Warner, or whatever. Some listings already use just the name, with nothing after. It’s understood that they’re theatres/theaters.

kencmcintyre on February 25, 2008 at 1:57 pm

It’s generally accepted that we don’t add Theater after drive-in names, for example.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 25, 2008 at 2:05 pm

Exactly. So why do we need the word theater/theatre for a hardtop theater? A drive-in could also be a drive-in restaurant, but we know that its a theater or it wouldn’t be listed here. As long as this policy exists, I’m only adding drive-ins or any theater that has the word cinema, opera house, picture house or whatever as part of its name. I’ll leave the theaters/theatres for other people to add.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on February 25, 2008 at 11:19 pm

So, can we agree that the Glory Theatre presented theater?

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on February 26, 2008 at 6:46 am

The Glory is listed as closed starting with the 1933 FDYB and is finally dropped in the 1936 volume. The 1932 alterations are a puzzlement. I have never been able to find evidence that the Glory re-opened with burlesque, vaudeville, or plays. Perhaps that was intended, but Depression conditions prevented it. I suppose that the name could have been changed from Glory to something else, but the location remained the same and it would have turned up in advertising and/or publicity.

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