Imperial Theatre

157 Irving Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11237

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Imperial Theater September 2004

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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.

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Bway
Bway on April 23, 2017 at 9:58 am

John, on the if you lived in Ridgewood Facebook page, there’s a current photo of the theater at DeKalb and Knickerbocker being torn down, April 22, This building once housed Robert Hall. Do you remember what the name of that theater was, I can’t find it or remember.

robboehm
robboehm on April 23, 2017 at 5:53 pm

Bway-None of the theaters on Cinema Treasures in Ridgewood have a DeKalb or Knickerbocker address. If it’s on CT it’s probably Brooklyn.

I tried to find the Facebook entry you refer to but was unsuccessful. How, exactly, did you access it?

robboehm
robboehm on April 23, 2017 at 6:00 pm

The Starr, Willoughby and Park (aka Park Palace) were all on Knickerbocker in the DeKalb vicinity. Any clue what it’s use was before demolition to check back on CT?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 23, 2017 at 7:10 pm

robboehm: This photo is the only one I can find on the Ridgewood Facebook page of a theater about to be torn down, and it’s the Imperial. Comments say it used to be a Robert Hall. I think Bway might have been mistaken about the location being DeKalb and Knickerbocker.

robboehm
robboehm on April 24, 2017 at 1:38 am

I’m with you, Joe. We’ll see if Bway weighs in on this.

johndereszewski
johndereszewski on April 24, 2017 at 3:35 pm

Bway, robboehm and Joe – These comments do not make sense – at least in terms of the imminent demolition of the old Imperial. As I previously noted, this former theater has been undergoing an extensive – and quite impressive – renovation and should be re-opening as retail space pretty soon. Unless something VERY radical has recently occurred here, the fact that the building will soon be demolished is just not credible. This really requires an on-site visit.

Yes, after it closed as a theater sometime in the 1940’s, this building did host a Robert Hall’s for a number of years.

Let’s see what happens here.

johndereszewski
johndereszewski on April 24, 2017 at 4:12 pm

One other thing – I just viewed the Google satellite picture of this site and it clearly confirms that the building is being renovated – not demolished.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 24, 2017 at 7:48 pm

It did seem odd to me that if the building was going to be demolished it looked better in the Facebook photo than it did in the photos on our photo page. All those layers of paint have been stripped off of the brick. But I still can’t find a photo of a theater at DeKalb and Knickerbocker. There’s only one modern building at that intersection, and it looks several years old.

johndereszewski
johndereszewski on April 24, 2017 at 8:11 pm

While I am somewhat flying blind on this, since my computer cannot access the Facebook photo, I would guess that the Willoughby Theater, situated at 260 Knickerbocker – or a few blocks west of DeKalb- would best fit the bill. The site is currently owned by a church, and they have sold it to a developer who will construct a much larger building here but leave the first floor for religious functions. I believe that the Brownstoner blog has discussed this item in prior posts.

Hopefully, this will help sort this out.

robboehm
robboehm on April 25, 2017 at 3:28 am

I had previously suggested the Willoughby, Starr and Park.

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