18-22 Throop Avenue,
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The Gayety Theatre opened in 1892 and met its demise in 1932. During most of this time, it was one of Williamsburg’s major legitimate theaters, and also featured high class burlesque and – at times – Yiddish drama. The 1914-5 edition of the American Movie Pictures Directory lists the Gayety Theatre as one of its participants, as does the 1918 edition of the Graves Directory of Motion Pictures. (Much thanks to Cezar Del Valle of Brooklyn Theatre Index fame for this information.) Thus, while the Gayety Theatre mostly featured straight theater, it did – like the Lyric Theatre on neighboring Seigal Street – also feature some cinema during a portion of its very interesting life. Any other documentation of the Gayety’s cinematic history will be most appreciated.
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