G & M Theatre

448 Bushwick Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11206

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johndereszewski
johndereszewski on December 31, 2010 at 2:33 pm

The Brooklyn Theatre Index provides additional documentation for this theater. It also notes that it was probably known as the Bushwick Palace in the late 1910’s – early 1920’s.

One problem that emerges from this is that the Index and the 448 Bushwick Ave. address suggest a location at the Northwest corner of Bushwick and Flushing, which would place it – like the old Echo Theater – within the grounds currently occupied by the Bushwick-Hylan housing project. This is inconsistent with the information that I gleaned from Armbruster, who placed it at the Southwest corner, where a gas station currently exists. However, while the EXACT location of this theater remains in some doubt, it was good to find its actual existence more definitively documented.

Wherever it ulmimately proves to be located, the old movie house rests on historic grounds. The Northwest corner hosted the Crosswalks Inn, which was a haven for Tories during the Revelutionary War and would, after 1812, become the village of Bushwick’s town hall and main meeting venue. The Southwest corner, on the other hand, contained a blacksmith’s shop that was owned by a fervent patriot and – at least according to Armbruster – what we would now refer to as a FOB – or Friend of George, Washington that is. This obviously presents a much different picture than the banality – and worse – that confronts the eye today.

johndereszewski
johndereszewski on December 19, 2010 at 1:22 pm

The picture of the old G&M site appears at the end of a slideshow that accompanied an article that I recently ran in the terrific BushwickBK blog about old Bushwick theaters. In case you are interested, I have now attached the full article. Hope you enjoy it.

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johndereszewski
johndereszewski on December 19, 2010 at 1:16 pm

The current site of this theater is featured in this picture. hope the link works.

http://bushwickbk.com/slideshow/?show=theaters

Bway
Bway on November 7, 2009 at 9:49 pm

Thanks John! It’s a while since we found a “new” old theater in this area!

johndereszewski
johndereszewski on November 7, 2009 at 5:33 pm

A number of comments regarding this theater were entered on the Echo Theater page before this page was established. The Echo link appears below.

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The Bushwick/Flushing intersection is quite historic. It was the site of a small community – called the Crosswalks – that existed during colonial times. The last remnants of this old settlement disappeared about 100 years ago. The prominence of the two cross streets made this a most appropriate site for a theater during the early 20th century. However, whatever cinematic presence that once existed here probably did not survive beyond the silent era. It probably could not compete with the large theaters situated nearby on Broadway and Graham Ave.