Flatbush Theatre

2207 Church Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11226

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Flatbush Theatre

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Opened in 1914, the architect of the Flatbush Theatre was Robert T. Rasmussen. Vaudeville, plays, and movies were featured. I saw “Kiss Me Kate” with the original cast during a summer in the late-1940’s. (Like the Brighton Theatre, Broadway shows appeared there during the summer months).

After the theatre closed in 1952, the marquee was removed, and it became a rug and carpet store.

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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on April 6, 2008 at 7:22 am

Werba went bankrupt early in the Depression, but the Brandt circuit took over the Flatbush and retained the same policy of stage plays or vaudeville. A feature movie and short subjects were usually used as “fillers” between the vaudeville shows, but plays, of course, were presented on their own, as at Broadway “legit” houses. I would say that the Flatbush is listed here as a “cinema treasure” by the skin of its teeth, since its main historical importance is as a “live” venue. Many great stars of the theater and vaudeville performed there.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on April 16, 2008 at 9:12 am

In March, 1939, you could see three of the next decade’s biggest Hollywood stars “live” on stage at the Flatbush Theatre for 25 cents at weekday matinees and for no more than 75 cents at peak times:View link

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on June 3, 2008 at 9:05 am

Here’s a new link to an exterior image described above on 7/22/05: View link

jflundy on January 5, 2009 at 2:55 pm

Link to article on construction of Flatbush Theater in 1914:
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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on January 19, 2009 at 7:21 am

In September, 1929, when Mae West’s hit play, “Diamond Lil,” ended a year’s run on Broadway, she took it on a national tour, starting in Brooklyn at Werba’s Flatbush Theatre. This was around the time of the grand opening of the nearby Loew’s Kings, which was presenting “Broadway Melody” and a stage show when “Diamond Lil” opened at the Flatbush on September 16th for a week’s engagement. Pre-Broadway, “Diamond Lil” had a try-out engagement in Brooklyn at Teller’s Shubert in the Bushwick section.

jflundy on August 21, 2009 at 3:24 pm

Jerry DeRosa began his theater career in 1920 as assistant manager of the B.S. Moss Flatbush Theatre before moving on to manage Moss’s Cameo Theatre on Eastern Parkway and the Colonial in the Eastern District.
In 1928 he became manager of Loew’s Paradise in the Bronx where he died at his desk in October 1945.

Tinseltoes on February 10, 2010 at 1:00 pm

Here’s a vintage view of the Flatbush Theatre as a showcase for Keith’s vaudeville (displayed in positive and negative versions): View link

Tinseltoes on August 4, 2010 at 12:04 pm

Here’s a link to a 1940s photo taken when the Flatbush Theatre was presenting triple features, with five complete changes of program every week! Every program included a western. Described on the marquee as a “New Winter Policy,” this was probably only temporary and filling time between seasons of stage plays from the “Subway Circuit”: View link

TLSLOEWS on August 4, 2010 at 12:33 pm

Another great find Tinseltoes.

2brooklyncats on February 8, 2011 at 5:51 pm

Hostile Country is 1950 … I believe this photo is ‘51

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