Monroe Theatre

4 Howard Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11221

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Monroe Theater

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The Monroe Theatre was operating prior to 1926. This neighborhood house was down the block from the Loew’s Gates Theatre and the RKO Bushwick Theatre, and has since been demolished. It was always a late run double feature house. In its fading days it played Spanish films, then kung-fu before going porno.

Contributed by RobertR

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Bway
Bway on February 12, 2009 at 4:09 pm

Nice colection, but you should note when you upload photos on another site that they aren’t your photos. 4 of the current photos of the RKO Bushwick Theater are my personal photographs, which I posted here on cinematreasures. It’s okay, but you really should credit those who took the photos.

That being said, you said “back in the day” photos, did you find some historic photos of the Monroe Theater?

Bway
Bway on April 19, 2009 at 6:04 pm

Unfortunately, the old Monroe is still a vacant lot, even though the old Cenury Theater site has new homes on it, which is right behind where the Monroe was. HEre’s a street view:

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Jayar1
Jayar1 on August 5, 2010 at 6:53 pm

Monroe Theater 1940

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Bway
Bway on August 5, 2010 at 10:07 pm

Hayar, the link isn’t working.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 6, 2010 at 6:13 pm

A portion of the RKO Bushwick marquee can be seen on the left side of that 1940 tax photo.

Jayar1
Jayar1 on August 6, 2010 at 6:27 pm

Also I believe that is the Century Theater on the right Tinseltoes.

Bway
Bway on August 7, 2010 at 1:53 am

Yes. There were three theaters here, all right next to eachother. Actually, there were 4 at one time. The Madison Theater, a small, little known theater used to adjoin the RKO Bushwick, to it’s left at the corner of Madison and Broadway…. It’s listed here on the site under Madison (not to be confused with the RKO Madison in Ridgewood on Myrtle).

jflundy
jflundy on January 20, 2011 at 9:46 pm

Link to Madison Monroe Theatre bill:
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jflundy
jflundy on January 20, 2011 at 9:56 pm

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Above link to Google Book resource relating to B.F. Keith’s and Monroe Theatre.

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