Central Theatre

349 Central Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11221

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As noted in the Brooklyn Theatre Index, this small theater only operated from 1914 through 1917 at this location. It was subsequently replaced by two stores, two garages and a two family dwelling. A subsequent Certificate of Occupancy indicated that a restaurant was once also situated here.

By 1960, this building had been demolished and the site is currently situated within the confines of the Bushwick Health Clinic, whose principal address is 335 Central Avenue. The old theater would have been located at the northwest corner of Central Avenue and Linden Street.

In 1916, another Central Theatre, subsequently known as the Luxor Theatre and then the Eagle Theatre, opened a few blocks away at 431 Central Avenue. Perhaps this was the old Central Theatre’s replacement site – or perhaps not.

Any other information regarding this theater will be most appreciated.

Contributed by John Dereszewski

Recent comments (view all 9 comments)

robboehm
robboehm on February 22, 2011 at 12:35 pm

John, is there a typo in your posting? Operated from 1917 through 1917?

johndereszewski
johndereszewski on February 22, 2011 at 1:18 pm

So sorry. I meant to have said 1914 through 1917. The theater’s life was not THAT brief!

robboehm
robboehm on February 22, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Better notify the folks at CT to make the correction.

johndereszewski
johndereszewski on February 22, 2011 at 1:24 pm

When I served as the District Manager of Brooklyn Community Board #4, which served Bushwick, in the late 1970’s, our office was situated at the eastern end of the Bushwick Health Clinic building. In other words, it overlooked Linden Street and was located in the very same territory previously occupied by the old Central Theatre. Who would have known?

robboehm
robboehm on February 22, 2011 at 1:30 pm

It’s also interesting when you walk into a business and look around and see signs that it had previously been a theatre: the sloping floor in Two Guys in Patchogue was a giveaway to the Granada; openings for the projection in the spaces formerly the Central Islip and the Mattituck; that stepped exterior wall as a giveaway for the Ronkonkoma and (second)Kings Park, etc.. And, of course, the obvious, the name on the facade.

johndereszewski
johndereszewski on February 22, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Site manager, if you have not previously seen the error that I made regarding the Central’s years of operation, please make the correction as noted in my previous comment.

Thanks.

robboehm
robboehm on February 22, 2011 at 1:34 pm

I don’t think they monitor this. In the past I’ve seen many instances where they didn’t. The best bet is to go to “About Us” and send them a comment identified as “correction”.

johndereszewski
johndereszewski on March 6, 2011 at 6:03 am

Site manager, as previously noted, please edit the introduction to this page to correct a typo regarding this theater’s years of operation. The correct dates are: opened in 1914 and closed in 1917.

Similar requests made in this manner have been honored before; I hope it also occurs here. Thanks.

johndereszewski
johndereszewski on March 6, 2011 at 10:06 am

Thanks, site manager, for the quick response.

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