Monroe Theatre

4 Howard Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11221

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jflundy
jflundy on January 20, 2011 at 1:56 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 1:46 pm

Link to Madison Monroe Theatre bill:
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Bway
Bway on August 6, 2010 at 5:53 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 10:27 am

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

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 6, 2010 at 10:13 am

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 2:07 pm

Hayar, the link isn’t working.

Bway
Bway on April 19, 2009 at 10:04 am

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 8:09 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?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 28, 2008 at 4:16 pm

We already know that it was open in 1945. Someone posted that they saw movies here in the 1950s.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 28, 2008 at 4:12 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 11:49 am

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 10:07 am

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

Bway
Bway on November 20, 2008 at 8:05 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 7:12 am

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

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 18, 2008 at 7:18 pm

I don’t believe that the Madison lasted past 1924 so not many of us would remember it.

ebeach
ebeach on November 18, 2008 at 7:07 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 7:00 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

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 18, 2008 at 2:15 pm

If this theater is the same theater as the Madison, I don’t understand how the address above could be Howard Avenue. The Madison was located on Madison and Broadway. According to Google maps, 4 Howard Avenue would be behind the Bushwick Theater.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on November 18, 2008 at 1:50 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 9:29 am

You’re welcome, ebeach. Enjoy.

ebeach
ebeach on November 18, 2008 at 9:27 am

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

ebeach
ebeach on November 18, 2008 at 9:27 am

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

PeterKoch
PeterKoch on November 18, 2008 at 7:13 am

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