Imperial Theatre

157 Irving Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11237

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Imperial Theatre

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Opened in 1914, the Imperial Theatre was located on Irving Avenue between Dekalb Avenue and Stockholm Street in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn.

It was closed in 1940, and in 1945 was in use as a knitting factory. In later years it has become a storage facility for a mail order shipping company. In 2016 work began renovating the building and it opened as a wine store in summer of 2017.

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johndereszewski on May 1, 2017 at 2:13 pm

But what exactly is happening at the old Imperial site. Given the amount of real loving care provided to restore it, it makes absolutely no sense to now demolish the place. A real on-site visit is certainly needed now.

Bway on May 1, 2017 at 2:17 pm

Not sure, the post said demolition, but perhaps the person who posted it was mistaken.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 1, 2017 at 2:55 pm

Possibly they were referring to interior demolition? The theatrical interior was probably gone long ago, but if the building is being renovated for retail space there was probably still a lot of later material to be hauled out.

johndereszewski on May 1, 2017 at 3:36 pm

That probably is the best explanation – but somebody still needs to check this out directly.

johndereszewski on May 4, 2017 at 6:51 am

Well, I was able to visit this site yesterday after work and have only good things to report. While there is scaffolding around the building, its purpose is to support the excellent façade restoration that is taking place – NOT to aide and abet a demolition! This work is proceeding nicely and also involves the installation of windows on what once were metal covered open holes. A good looking entrance is also being constructed on the Irving Ave. side of the building. All in all, the building should be ready for occupancy pretty soon. While it is still unclear what uses will be established here, they will have a very nice home to occupy.

The quality of the façade work needs to be recognized since it really captures the subtle changes in the brick colors along the wall as it restores the ornamentations that were created for the old theater.

I can’t wait to see it open.

johndereszewski on July 19, 2017 at 9:37 am

I was able to visit the site yesterday. The renovation work is nearly complete and what I was able to glimpse of the interior seems pretty impressive. There is currently no indication of what establishments will eventually occupy the premises, though there was a sign noting the availability of retail space. Hopefully we will find out exactly what is in store for this very interesting building very soon.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on July 20, 2017 at 11:48 pm

Did you take any photos that you can add here?

johndereszewski on July 21, 2017 at 10:34 am

Sorry, but I am not much of a picture taker. Anyhow, it probably would be best to wait until the renovations are complete and the site is actually operational. This should occur pretty soon.

alchemist47 on July 21, 2017 at 8:17 pm

A wine store open up on irving side today.

johndereszewski on August 7, 2017 at 3:17 pm

This article on the wine bar appeared recently in the Bushwick Daily blog.

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