Loew's Royal Theatre

15 Willoughby Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on November 3, 2009 at 10:39 am

Nice picture I love LOEWS old signs.Too bad that they don,t make them like that anymore!!!!

frankie
frankie on February 19, 2009 at 8:51 am

Mae herself again mention the Royal in the new Charlotte Chandler interview-type bio of Mae: “She Always Knew How.” Mae also mentions the Gorham. Anyone know about that one ?

BoxOfficeBill
BoxOfficeBill on September 8, 2004 at 3:56 pm

Leider also points out that in ‘28 “Diamond Lil” opened at the Royale Theater on W. 45 Street. MW likely had a penchant for theaters of that name. (Apologies for my typos in the preceding squib.)

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on September 8, 2004 at 7:57 am

Royal is a common name for theatres, so it’s very possible that one existed in downtown Brooklyn before Loew’s Royal…During Mae West’s lifetime, it was often rumored that she was really a man and that the truth would be revealed after she died. Did that ever happen?

BoxOfficeBill
BoxOfficeBill on September 8, 2004 at 7:22 am

According to Emily Leider in her re For what it’s worth, my grandally good “Becoming Mae West” (Farrar Straus Giroux,1997), “Baby Mae” mad eher debut at the age of seven (1900) at “The Royal, on Willoughby Street, near Fulton” (p. 32). Leider goes on to describe it: “The theater … was no great shakes, though large. It seated about seven hundred people. One vaudevillian characterized it as a ‘dingy spot,’ but Mae upgraded it in her fond recollection to a well-appointed house with two balconiues, boxes, and its own twelve-piece orchestra” (pp. 32-33). Leider’s source is John E. Di Meglio, “Vaudeville USA” (Bowling Green Univ Press, 1973), p. 132. For what it’s worth, my maternal grandfather claimed to have worked with La West in Coney Island before WW I (he bartended at a cabaret there). Another frienend of mine interviewed La West in the 1970s — and claimed she was the real thing!

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on September 5, 2004 at 10:33 am

Before someone asks if this was the Royal Theatre where the young Mae West once performed, I can’t say for sure, but I think that it probably was, given that it presented vaudeville and opened in 1908. I don’t know of any other Royal Theatre in Brooklyn except for a 420-seat Royal Theatre that once existed at 4113 13th Avenue, which seems too small to have been a vaudeville house.