Brighton Theatre

3101 Ocean Parkway,
Brooklyn, NY 11235

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Rugbygirl
Rugbygirl on November 28, 2014 at 6:39 am

Thank you for posting the links and information regarding this theatre. The New Brighton Theatre was originally built by David L. Robinson I think in 1909. David L. Robinson died around 1913. My great grandfather John G. Cavanagh (Honest John), an orphan who as a child sold pencils at the racetrack and who later worked at the Brooklyn Eagle, at some point became president of the Robinson Amusement Company. David’s brother George L. Robinson became manager and John Walters became I think treasurer. All three were well known men of the time. John Walters and John Cavanagh were engaged in horse racing, John G. Cavanagh as arbiter of betting, and George Robinson had profitable concessions in Coney Island and Prospect Park. Very famous performers at the theatre; Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., Buster Keaton (still researching the one newspaper reference I found for Buster), Mae West, Eddie Foy and the Seven Little Foys, Eddie Cantor, etc. Cavanagh, Robinson, and Walters owned the theatre until about 1930. I believe they also owned the Brighton Beach Casino but I need to research this further. Interestingly, Dodge & Morrison were the architects of my great grandfather’s residence at Ocean Parkway and Avenue I built around 1907.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 25, 2010 at 6:55 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.

jflundy
jflundy on July 31, 2004 at 8:55 pm

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

Brooklyn Public Library

ERD
ERD on April 13, 2004 at 3:40 pm

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