Brighton Theatre

3101 Ocean Parkway,
Brooklyn, NY 11235

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Built at the turn of the century, the Brighton Theatre had stage shows, vaudeville, and then movies. During the summer, Broadway musicals use to be presented on the stage. I saw “Top Banana” there with Phil Silvers in about 1953. The theatre closed in the late-1950’s.

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ERD
ERD on April 13, 2004 at 2:40 pm

I remember the Brighton theatre had columns which effected the sightlines from certain seats.

jflundy
jflundy on July 31, 2004 at 7:55 pm

This is a photo of the Brighton Theater circa 1912. It was the second Brighton theater.

Brooklyn Public Library

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on April 7, 2005 at 9:04 am

This was primarily a playhouse with stage attractions. It had slight history as a cinema.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 25, 2010 at 5:55 am

Architects' and Builders' Magazine of August, 1910, has an illustrated article about the New Brighton Theatre at Brighton Beach. The theater was designed by the architectural firm of Dodge & Morrison.

The obituary of exhibitor Herman Becker in Boxoffice of September 14, 1957, said that he and Edward Rugoff acquired the Brighton Theatre in 1929. It said that the Brighton had been a theater “…where plays intended for Broadway were tried out….”

In the late 1940s and early 1950s the Brighton was part of George Brandt’s “subway circuit” which took stage plays to theaters in the outlying neighborhoods of New York City during the summer months. One Boxoffice item of the period mentioned that some of the houses in the circuit, including the Brighton, showed movies during the winter.

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