10 Ralph Avenue,
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The Empire Theatre predated 1908 and was located in the Eastern District of Brooklyn, close to the Bushwick Theatre. It featured low vaudeville and by 1910 was a burlesque house.
Other theaters featuring burlesque in the WW I period along with the Empire were the Gayety at Broadway and Throop Avenue, the Star at Jay Street near Fulton Street, and the original Casino at Flatbush Avenue and State Street.
All these theaters would show movies at times. After Mayor LaGuardia closed the burlesque shows, the Empire was showing double features as a neighborhood house after they had played the RKO Bushwick and Loew’s Gates. It may have switched before the ban, does any one know?
It remained open into the 1950’s and was served by the Broadway trolleys as well as the Ralph Rockaway Car line and the “El”.
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