Loew's Royal Theatre

15 Willoughby Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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TLSLOEWS on November 3, 2009 at 2:39 pm

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

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 16, 2009 at 7:41 am

Nice street photo.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 19, 2009 at 4:52 pm

Was the Gorham Theater located in New York? The only Gorham Theater listed on this site was located in Maine.

frankie on February 19, 2009 at 12:51 pm

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 ?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 10, 2006 at 6:01 pm

January 22, 1902

Watson’s New Theater

“Work to begin at once and the house to open in August. Plans for W.B. Watson’s new theater at the corner of Willoughby and Pearl streets, have been approved by the building department and work of construction will begin at once, the lots being already cleared. Louis Lesser, Mr. Watson’s agent, says that the house will be completed in June to open in August. It will seat 1,200 people and have a large floor space for standing room as well as a rathskeller in the basement. The idea, according to Mr. Lesser is to run a Weber and Fields style of show with burlesques especially written for the house, some good vaudeville, comedians, and a large and attractive chorus. Mr. Watson will be in charge himself and he does not intend to play combinations”.

BoxOfficeBill on September 8, 2004 at 8:56 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.)

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 8, 2004 at 2:16 pm

Mae West born Brooklyn, NY 1893 Died in California 1980

Jimmy Durante born Brooklyn, NY 1893 Died in California 1980

Coincidence? You be the judge!

Don’t write me any nasty messages, I’m just joking.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on September 8, 2004 at 12:57 pm

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 on September 8, 2004 at 12:22 pm

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 3:33 pm

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.