Gotham Theater

2562 Fulton Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11207

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FatMan1059
FatMan1059 on July 17, 2013 at 11:21 pm

Good to see sharp eyes and helping the site.

Juice
Juice on October 10, 2011 at 9:52 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 9:32 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 12:11 pm

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

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on April 27, 2011 at 11:49 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 10:30 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 2:25 pm

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 9:29 am

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

Bway
Bway on October 16, 2008 at 8:32 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 5:51 pm

Zip should probably be 11207, not 37.

PeterKoch
PeterKoch on October 16, 2008 at 5:50 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.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on October 16, 2008 at 4:45 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 3:53 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 3:48 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 5:33 pm

OK, thanks, Lost, I won’t worry !

BrooklynJim
BrooklynJim on September 6, 2007 at 5:25 pm

Gonzo did it, I tell ya!

PKoch
PKoch on September 6, 2007 at 5:22 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 5:21 pm

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

BrooklynJim
BrooklynJim on September 6, 2007 at 5:07 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 11:38 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 12:57 pm

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.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on August 27, 2007 at 10:54 am

The Gotham is mentioned as operated by RKO Theatres in this ad from 12/20/32. I don’t think that the relationship lasted very long:
www.i8.photobucket.com/albums/a18/Warrengwhiz/rkousa.jpg

tapeshare
tapeshare on December 22, 2006 at 5:21 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
http://www.tapeshare.com/Gotham.html

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on September 5, 2004 at 12:39 pm

The Gotham dated back to at least 1901, and may have opened in the previous century. Well into the 1920s, the Gotham was a playhouse, usually as a home for stock companies such as the Blaney Players, which put on new productions every week. To give the actors a day off, the Gotham would present vaudeville on Sundays, augmenting it with movies when the latter became popular. Somewhere in the late silent era, the Gotham switched to showing movies exclusively, but it closed down in 1930, still not “wired” for sound due to the onset of the Depression. According to Film Daily Year Books, it re-opened in 1932 as the New Gotham, but did not survive beyond 1934, when it disappeared forever from the listings for Brooklyn theatres. I have not found any other movie theatre listed for that address, so I presume that the premises were eventually demolished or converted to some other use. Does anyone know?