Monroe Theatre

4 Howard Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11221

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jflundy
jflundy on January 20, 2011 at 4:56 pm

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

jflundy
jflundy on January 20, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Link to Madison Monroe Theatre bill:
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Bway
Bway on August 6, 2010 at 8:53 pm

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).

Jayar1
Jayar1 on August 6, 2010 at 1:27 pm

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

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 6, 2010 at 1:13 pm

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

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

Hayar, the link isn’t working.

Jayar1
Jayar1 on August 5, 2010 at 1:53 pm

Monroe Theater 1940

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Bway
Bway on April 19, 2009 at 1:04 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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Bway
Bway on February 12, 2009 at 11:09 am

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?

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 28, 2008 at 7:12 pm

It was open in 1945, according to the yellow pages of that date. The all-important phone number was FOxcrft 9-2027.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on November 21, 2008 at 2:49 pm

A classified ad in the April 30, 1936 issue of The New York Times shows the 600-seat Monroe Theatre, 4 Howard Avenue, Brooklyn, being offered for sale. No price mentioned, nor whether the Monroe was currently open or closed.

PeterKoch
PeterKoch on November 20, 2008 at 1:07 pm

Thanks for the explanation, Bway. Yes, the former Schubert / Century theatre IS (was ?)hard to miss !

Bway
Bway on November 20, 2008 at 11:05 am

The Madison Theater was closed by the 1920’s already, it didn’t even last into the 30’s. The building may have remained, but of course would have been used as something else. It was not a large theater, only a 500 seat silent movie theater, nothing too elaborate.
I am sure there are people that don’t even remember the Schubert/Century Theater right next to the Monroe, as that too closed in the 1930’s, and that building was hard to miss as it was monstrorous, and lasted into the 1970’s, even though not as a theater. So it would have been very easy to “miss” the small Madison Theater which was closed by the 1920’s.

PeterKoch
PeterKoch on November 19, 2008 at 10:12 am

No, the Madison Theatre (1410 Broadway) probably would have been gone by the 1940’s and ‘50’s.

ebeach
ebeach on November 18, 2008 at 10:07 pm

Of course I do not know what the Monroe was called before 1922 but In my time, the 1940s & 50s, there was no Madison Theatre that I can remember in this neighborhood.
As I recall the Monroe was directly across the street from the RKO Bushwick on Howard Ave. An address or two from Broadway.

Bway
Bway on November 18, 2008 at 10:00 pm

No, the Madison was a seperate theater. I remember before it was added, there was a whole controversy, but it was heavily researched, and I have seen it confirmed in publication, as well as it’s address on Broadway., and that the Madison was right next to the RKO Bushwick, to it’s left facing the Bushwick. It was a silent movie house, and didn’t last long, and was closed by the 1920’s already.
The Monroe is on the other side of Howard Ave, and doesn’t front Broadway at all, as it’s at the corner of Howard and Monroe

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on November 18, 2008 at 4:50 pm

I believe that this theatre has two listings, one of which should be removed. It was orginally known as the Madison, and re-named the Monroe in 1922. During the transition period, it was called the Madison Monroe Theatre.

PeterKoch
PeterKoch on November 18, 2008 at 12:29 pm

You’re welcome, ebeach. Enjoy.

ebeach
ebeach on November 18, 2008 at 12:27 pm

Peter.K Thanks for the website on bushwick buddies. Will ck it out.

ebeach
ebeach on November 18, 2008 at 12:27 pm

Peter.K Thanks for the website on bushwick buddies. Will ck it out.

PeterKoch
PeterKoch on November 18, 2008 at 10:13 am

My father remembers the Monroe Theatre well, went there often as a boy, and still talks about it.

PeterKoch
PeterKoch on November 18, 2008 at 10:11 am

Yes. My father was born in Bushwick Hospital in late October 1919.

ebeach, LarryH, you may be interested in checking out the Bushwick Buddies website :

http://www.bushwickbuddies.com

LarryH320
LarryH320 on November 17, 2008 at 7:55 pm

Sure. The Bushwick Hospital was on the corner of Putnam and Howard Avenues.

In the late 40s, quadruplets were born there. The father owned the liquor store on Howard, between Putnam and Madison. He was killed in a stickup.

ebeach
ebeach on November 17, 2008 at 7:50 pm

I lived in Bed Stuy during the 1940s and early 50s. Went to the Monroe, Empire, RKO Bushwick, and Loews Gates. As a matter of fact I ushered at the Loew’s Gates when I was about 15… I think I told them I was 16. When younger I loved to go to the Monroe (the Itch) for the Saturday Matinees. And boy that Matron in the White Dress sure had her work cut out for her. The Loew’s Gates I thought was the nicest of all the theatres including the RKO Bushwick. I sort of remember seeing Lana Turner on stage at the Gates where she must have been promoting a picture.

Went to PS26, Our Lady of Good Council, and Franklin K Lane HS (graduated in 1953). Does anyone remember a Bushwick Hospital that was on Howard Avenue near the RKO? At least I think it was there.