Werba's Brooklyn Theater

409 Flatbush Avenue Extension,
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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Triangle Theatre, Brooklyn NY in 1915

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Werba’s Brooklyn Theater stood at the busy intersection of Flatbush Avenue and Fulton Street. It was razed to make way for an office building.

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jflundy
jflundy on November 15, 2008 at 9:19 pm

Here is an excellent large scale photo of the Montauk Theater at Livingston Street and Hanover. It was taken in 1906.

http://www.shorpy.com/node/4906?size=_original

jflundy
jflundy on November 15, 2008 at 9:21 pm

Correct the date of photo on previous entry to copyright 1906, taken October 1905.

frankie
frankie on December 22, 2008 at 9:07 pm

In 1928 Bette Davis played a pre-Broadway try-out here in her play “Broken Dishes” !!! I was so excited to find that out !

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on December 22, 2008 at 9:37 pm

The last post reminded me that the Marx Brothers would do a similar exercise, even after they were established film stars. But their trial-runs were mini tours deliberately designed to retool material for use in their then upcoming films.
Since they came from a live stage/ Vaudeville revue background, they were at ease testing out jokes to a live audience. Then change up whatever got the bigger laughs there, before the new routines were subsequently used in films.
I seem to remember reading they did this up until Irving Thalberg’s death. After which the fun had gone out of making pictures for at least Groucho according to his book “Why A Duck” I believe. It’s the only autobiography I once read by just him.

Not sure what various theatre’s this practice was done at, by I think they went back to New York from Hollywood to do so. If anyone can connect them to specific New York theatres, maybe they could post it here first.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on December 22, 2008 at 9:40 pm

Correction, it was the “Marx Brother’s Scrapbook”. An extensive late life pictorial history compiled by Groucho. Which I’ll try and find, and help identify the theatres when I can.

Profjoe
Profjoe on January 30, 2009 at 5:15 pm

Difficult to believe that such an extraordinary theater (judging from the lenghty description in, “Colonel Sinn’s Montauk Theater Souvenir” program) should last what amounts, really, to just a brief period of time.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 18, 2010 at 2:58 am

They were going to tear down the FOX in Atlanta for a office building like New york and Atlanta need another high rise.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on May 19, 2010 at 7:10 pm

Its pretty amazing they could move a theatre like they did back then.

InesitadaSilva
InesitadaSilva on December 15, 2010 at 9:19 am

An interesting discussion thread above, which I picked up on when googling ‘Keeney’s Theatre Livingston St. Hanover Place.’ I have a photo of my grandmother and her Vaudeville troop outside a theatre poster, it maybe the theater too, from roughly 1925. It is posted here: View link
Could anyone verify for me whether she’s outside the theatre itself? Comparing with the 1905 snap of it here: http://www.shorpy.com/node/4906?size=_original it wouldn’t appear so. Thanks,Inesita (of interest?: View link)

InesitadaSilva
InesitadaSilva on December 16, 2010 at 2:32 pm

Many thanks Tinseltoes! I agree, but I guess my grandmother was stood before her own theatre poster ;–) I have continued the line of enquiry regarding Keeney’s in the context of Loew’s Melba Theatre over at: /theaters/4149/ Thanks again and Best wishes, Inesita

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