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

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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on February 25, 2008 at 3:37 pm

Here’s the front page of a 1927 programme, copied from a magazine article about starlet Sally Phipps, who was featured in the movie. Please note the spelling of “Theatre,” which differs from the introduction to this listing: www.i8.photobucket.com/albums/a18/Warrengwhiz/parkpalace27.jpg

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on February 25, 2008 at 4:30 pm

What is your source for “the correct spelling in the United States is ‘theater’?” I think it’s the other way around, though I would say “preferred” spelling, rather than “correct.” Both words are “correct” if spelled accurately. Look at the entertainment ads in any American newspaper and see how many times you see “theater” instead of “theatre.”

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on February 25, 2008 at 5:07 pm

Wikipedia is known as Wackypedia to many. Please look up its listing for the landmark Disney cartoon, “Steamboat Willie,” and read what it claims about the premiere engagement at the Colony Theatre in New York City.

ERD
ERD on February 25, 2008 at 5:37 pm

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

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on February 25, 2008 at 5:58 pm

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.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on February 25, 2008 at 6:50 pm

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 9:29 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
kencmcintyre on February 25, 2008 at 9:57 pm

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

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on February 26, 2008 at 7:19 am

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

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on February 26, 2008 at 2:46 pm

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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