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The Empire Theatre opened on August 24, 1908 with “The Star Show Girls”. It 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 World War I period along with the Empire Theatre were the Gayety Theatre at Broadway and Throop Avenue, the Star Theatre at Jay Street near Fulton Street, and the original Casino Theatre at Flatbush Avenue and State Street.
All these theaters would show movies at times. After Mayor LaGuardia closed the burlesque shows, the Empire Theatre was showing double features as a neighborhood house after they had played the nearby RKO Bushwick Theatre and Loew’s Gates Theatre. It may have switched before the ban, does any one know?
It was equipped with a Wurlitzer 2 manual 8 ranks theatre organ in September 1927, but this was removed in 1931. The Empire Theatre was closed in 1953, and was served by the Broadway trolleys as well as the Ralph Rockaway Car line and the “El”.
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