Art Theatre

956-958 Marcy Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11216

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Newspaper Ad as Art Theatre (1940)

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The McDonough Theatre was opened on October 29, 1913. It was renamed Classique Theatre in 1916, and with a seating capacity for 550, it operated under this name until 1928. Alterations were carried out in 1929 to the plans of architect William C. Winters.

It was reopened in 1931 as the Art Theatre, which closed in 1945.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 16, 2009 at 12:58 pm

Judging from the Google Maps satellite and street views, the building certainly looks as though it could have been a neighborhood movie theater before becoming the Beulah Church of God in Christ Jesus Inc. (one of the most entertaining church names ever.)

William
William on January 16, 2009 at 2:36 pm

The building looks like it could be a neighborhood size theatre and also the location to that intersection.

William
William on January 16, 2009 at 3:18 pm

That’s a good link. I use it on many addresses to see the buildings and neighborhoods for theatres.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on April 17, 2012 at 10:49 am

This must have been a so-called “Negro Theater” for at least part of its life. In February, 1941, it was prominently advertised in the black-oriented Amsterdam News with a current three-day booking of Mantan Moreland in “Drums of the Desert,” supported by the George O'Brien western, “Cowboy Millionaire.” Coming next was a four-day engagement of Josephine Baker in “Conga Girl,” plus a second feature to be announced.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on April 18, 2012 at 3:40 am

“Conga Girl” was probably a reissue title for the B&W French-made “Princesse Tam-Tam,” one of La Baker’s most popular movies…The Art Theatre used the intersection of Marcy Avenue and Fulton Street as its address in advertising.

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