Heights Theater

159 Washington Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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Bway
Bway on April 7, 2005 at 9:42 am

Hmmmm, what is this Madison on Broadway in Brooklyn? Inquiring minds want to know!
(You see the name on my screen name here, and it’s not meant for “the great white way”, so….)

Bway
Bway on April 7, 2005 at 9:49 am

???
1410-22 would put this right next to the RKO Bushwick Theater (1396 Broadway) according to mapquest. I don’t ever remember reading about a theater there, and there even isn’t that much room next to the RKO Bushwick. Although mapquest is not always accurate on exact blocks.
I would love to know more.

Bway
Bway on April 7, 2005 at 10:05 am

Lost, there is only a small area next to the RKO Bushwick (which is now a little courtyard for the school the Bushwick is now), so if there was something there, it’s long gone It’s a very small trangle shaped block that the RKO was/is on (where mapquest says 1410 is). I can’t picture what is on the next block to the east of there, between Madison and Putnam, but on the east side of Putnam (and Bway) are very old recently refurbished tenaments.

Bway
Bway on April 7, 2005 at 9:51 pm

Of course you know what the theater looked like in 2002 though compared to now! Ironically, on exactly April 1, 2003, I took this photo of the RKO Bushwick, construction had just begun, and the value already raised by that date:
Click here for photo
By July 2003, the building was almost unrecognizable when I took this photo:
Click here for photo

Perhaps this conversation should be moved over to the RKO Bushwick.

cjdv
cjdv on April 14, 2005 at 9:06 am

Lostmemory & Bway;
Sorry for the delay in responding but suddenly I found myself swamped with work and various projects. Will now explain the Madison.
Operated by B. F. Keiths,The Bushwick was a top vaudeville house in 1910s. There is a large ad in The Weekly Chat for September 26, 1914 listing “the only theatres in Brooklyn owned and operated by the B.F. Keith Co.”. At the very bottom corner is the Madison, Broadway & Madison, “magnificent theatre devoted to photoplays, the best in films and high grade features.” Basically Keith’s had just opened a small movie house in back of their Bushwick. Still not convinced? Still unsure?
Check The Weekly Chat for March 13th, 1915. Not only is there an article on the Madison but a photo as well. The most impressive thing about this two story theatre is the electric signage on front. The Bushwick can be seen looming in the background. The article gives the location of the Madison as “Broadway and Madison Street, adjoining the Bushwick.”
In addition;“ The beautiful little house is devoted to the highest class photoplays and the marvelous clearness and softness of the pictures shown proves the value and success of the gold fibre screen used in this house.”
B.F. Keith’s seems to have sold this theatre by the end of 1915. It still advertises but not as a B.F. Keith’s house. In the summer of 1916 it was given a complete renovation. The Madison is listed as closed in 1924

cjdv
cjdv on April 14, 2005 at 10:37 am

The Bushwick was built first. The Madison opened in September 1914. After looking at the address and reading your responses, I realized the problem. This appears to be an early typo from whatever publication I got the original information from. It must have been 1410-1412. The newspaper ads only say Broadway and Madison. Don’t have a seating capacity. In my posting, I was just trying to present some information on this movie house. The theatre fits quite snugly in the triangle shown your above photo. If there was anyway I could get the newspaper photo to you, I would do so. You seemed to be annoyed or was the SRO a joke? Once again my apologies if I caused any offence.

Bway
Bway on April 14, 2005 at 10:24 pm

Pretty cool. Thanks….I still say we should have moved this conversation over to the RKO Bushwick page a bunch of posts ago, but anyway, I’m glad the confusion was solved….although it must have been a pretty small theater!

Bway
Bway on June 13, 2006 at 9:34 am

Ah, so this is where we were talking about the “second” Madison Theater.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on March 20, 2009 at 4:51 pm

Here’s an undated exterior view of the Heights Theatre: View link 366

Bway
Bway on April 30, 2009 at 2:02 pm

I think the el to the left was torn down by the late 40’s, so this is older than that.

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