Gotham Theater

2562 Fulton Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11207

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FatMan1059
FatMan1059 on July 17, 2013 at 8:21 pm

Good to see sharp eyes and helping the site.

Juice
Juice on October 10, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Just wanted to add a couple of comments…The Pool Hall that wasmentioned survived into the 1980s. The diner survived into the new millenium. As for the former Mueller’s Hotel, when I was a young DJ in 1976, it contained an after-hours club named Arizona Barbara’s. It was a very popular spot, with strippers & all & in those crazy Disco days of the mid-to-late 70s, it had a large clientele & with the Transit Depot being right across the street,needless to say, it was very popular with the transit workers. After Arizona Barbara’s closed for the night, the folks would continue the partying at my club, Club Atlantis a few blocks away at Atlantic Avenue & Wyona Street.

Arizona Barbara’s closed down some time during the 1980s & became a welfare hotel/shelter.

Juice
Juice on October 10, 2011 at 6:32 pm

I’ve corrected the street view. The former site of the Gotham had been a lot as far back as I can remember. At one point, from the 90s forward, it was a used car lot until the Imperial Hotel was built on its site a few years ago.

Bway
Bway on April 28, 2011 at 9:11 am

Haha, it is reversed! Someone printed the negative the wrong way….

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on April 27, 2011 at 8:49 pm

The image is reversed! Unless that is the Mahtog Theatre and the photo was taken in England (or anywhere else, where motorists keep to the left side of the road)!

Trolleyguy
Trolleyguy on April 27, 2011 at 7:30 pm

Here’s an early 1900s picture of the Gotham Theater, showing an elevated train, a streetcar, and other vehicles. Click on the picture to enlarge.

http://tinyurl.com/5uyvkjx

Bway
Bway on May 28, 2009 at 11:25 am

This is such a congested area now, hard to believe there was a theater here.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on October 17, 2008 at 6:29 am

Thanks, Bway. I saw it via your new link.

Bway
Bway on October 16, 2008 at 5:32 pm

Warren, I don’t know why the link isn’t working for you, it does work when I click the link.
if it still doesn’t work, try this link, which will bring you to a thumbnail page you can click on:

View link

PeterKoch
PeterKoch on October 16, 2008 at 2:51 pm

Zip should probably be 11207, not 37.

PeterKoch
PeterKoch on October 16, 2008 at 2:50 pm

The zip code given at the top of the page, 11237, is wrong. The theater was in East New York and 11237 is Wyckoff Heights two miles to the northwest.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 16, 2008 at 1:53 pm

The link that Bway posted and the link that you just posted both load for me. This is a direct link to the picture. See if that works for you.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on October 16, 2008 at 1:45 pm

How does one view the link posted by Bway? This is all that I get when I hit the link: View link

PeterKoch
PeterKoch on October 16, 2008 at 12:53 pm

Thanks, Bway. The arches remind me of Carnegie Hall and the Cooper Union Foundation Building a bit.

Bway
Bway on October 16, 2008 at 12:48 pm

Here’s a photo of the Gotham from the NY Public Library site:

Click here for photo

PKoch
PKoch on September 6, 2007 at 2:33 pm

OK, thanks, Lost, I won’t worry !

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 6, 2007 at 2:31 pm

Wasn’t Alberto Gonzales the person that added the Ridgewood Folly Theater? :)

Don’t worry about it Peter. No matter who added this theater, the zip is wrong and it should be corrected. My disclaimer is in the first comment. I think the person that added this theater posted a follow up to my comment but that comment must have been erased.

BrooklynJim
BrooklynJim on September 6, 2007 at 2:25 pm

Gonzo did it, I tell ya!

PKoch
PKoch on September 6, 2007 at 2:22 pm

Thanks for repeating your explanation, Lost Memory. Didn’t mean to blame you for wrong zip code.

BrooklynJim
BrooklynJim on September 6, 2007 at 2:21 pm

Alberto Gonzales added it, but he doesn’t recall doing so.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 6, 2007 at 2:17 pm

Even though my “name” is on this theater, I didn’t add this theater. One of the kooky people added it using my name. There have been so many kooks on here, I don’t remember exactly which one it was. It could have been Ridgewood Bill. Anyway, your right. The zipcode should be 11207.

BrooklynJim
BrooklynJim on September 6, 2007 at 2:07 pm

Pete is correct re the zip: 11207. (In the Gotham’s heyday, it would’ve read “Brooklyn 7, N.Y.”)

PKoch
PKoch on September 5, 2007 at 8:38 am

Thank you all for these details, and my special thanks to BklynJim for recently going there in person, and reporting on what is there now. Tapeshare, your photos, old and recent, really put it into perspective for me. My thanks to you.

The zip code for the Gotham at the top of this page, 11237, is wrong (that’s Wyckoff Heights, not East New York) and should be 11207.

BrooklynJim
BrooklynJim on September 1, 2007 at 9:57 am

During my recent NY trip, I took a walk to the site of the former Gotham Theater as photo-linked by tapeshare. The intersection of Alabama Avenue and Fulton Street now boasts the Imperial Hotel, flanked on the west by Golden Krust, Nemo’s Seafood, and a Subway sandwich franchise. Across from these at Herkimer and Broadway is the new Paphos Diner. The old one on Fulton between Georgia and Alabama is long closed and shuttered, and the apartment above it remains unoccupied. There is nothing left of Gotham Lanes and Pool Hall but fenced-off yard space. The J train above clatters and squeals by every 10 minutes or so, and the newly-remodeled el station now has dual staircases, 65 steps to platform access.

Researchers seem to agree that the Gotham Theater disappeared from the East New York scene by 1934, and yet one can almost feel the ghost of Brooklyn-born Mae West still lurking somewhere out and about.