Gotham Theater

2562 Fulton Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11207

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FatMan1059 on July 17, 2013 at 8:21 pm

Good to see sharp eyes and helping the site.

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 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 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 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.

Bway on May 28, 2009 at 11:25 am

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

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 on October 16, 2008 at 2:51 pm

Zip should probably be 11207, not 37.

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.

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 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 on September 6, 2007 at 2:33 pm

OK, thanks, Lost, I won’t worry !

BrooklynJim on September 6, 2007 at 2:25 pm

Gonzo did it, I tell ya!

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 on September 6, 2007 at 2:21 pm

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

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 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 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.

tapeshare on December 22, 2006 at 2:21 pm

The Gotham Theater began life as William Bennett’s Casino in 1890;
a casino back then was not a gambling house but a public place for entertainment. It had bowling alleys in the basement, a theater on
the main floor, and billiard tables on the second floor. The Casino
is gutted by fire in September 1893. It reopens in February 1896 as
the Brooklyn Music Hall, which eventually goes out of business and
is replaced by the Gotham in 1901.

I have an image of the location from 1941 and the building is gone.
So we know it disappears somewhere between 1934 and 1941. If anyone
would like to see images they can be found on my site at