260 Bushwick Avenue,
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According to the Brooklyn Theatre Index, the Italian Theatre operated at 260 Bushwick Avenue – between Montrose Avenue and Johnson Avenue – from 1911 through 1917. Since the listed construction costs were only $6,000, it must have been a rather modest facility – but then, the newly arriving Italian immigrants who presumably served as the theater’s main patrons, probably could not then afford anything more lavish.
Despite its modest cost, the Index does reference a construction firm – Metcalf and Worden. This firm is not otherwise represented in Cinema Treasures.
In 1917, the Italian Theatre was replaced by a garage. However, in the early 2000’s, this site and the adjacent building were demolished and replaced by a six story apartment house.
Any additional information regarding this theater – and the community that patronized it – will be greatly appreciated.
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