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 on February 20, 2010 at 6:48 pm

No, unfortunately you have to go to their CHambers St location to do this. I know someone that did…and it’s all there, but you have to do it there. It also helps if you have the section, lot, and block when you go there for whatever you want to see the 1930’s photos of, although you don’t have to, they have books there. But it would save you a lot of time. Block and lot numbers can be gotten from their website. You just type in an address, and it will give you the block and lot. It’s all organized by block numbbers.

johndereszewski on December 25, 2010 at 10:52 am

An article that I recently wrote, linked below, discusses a number of old Bushwick movie houses, including the Imperial. In addition to the text, the article contains an excellent slide show, which the staff of the wonderful BushwickBk blog assembled.

Hope you enjoy it.

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Bway on June 17, 2013 at 11:34 am

It appears the old Imperial Theater now operates as a warehouse, judging by this google street view:

Click Link Here

Bway on September 12, 2013 at 12:23 pm

What a wonderful old photo of this theater was added!!! Is there a way to get emails when people add a photo of a theater like we get the email updates when someone adds a comment? I just randomly clicked on this theater and saw the photos added!!!

johndereszewski on September 28, 2013 at 7:14 am

I just wanted to second Bway on the real beauty of the old photo. Was this, by any chance, taken as part of NYC’s project, in the late 1930’s, to take a picture of all of its buildings? Again, thanks to whomever for this great addition.

simpletwig on July 16, 2014 at 10:10 am

There is an old photo of the Imperial Theater at and click on bush wick where you can find a photo of the original thither w/ marquee, et. al. on about page 4 or 5. There are photos of other theaters from this neighborhood as well.

johndereszewski on July 18, 2014 at 7:51 am

I just noticed that the wonderful old picture of this theater has somehow disappeared from the photo section. What gives??

johndereszewski on November 4, 2015 at 1:01 pm

I was able to visit this site yesterday. Not only does the old building look in pretty good shape but the site is now being advertized as being for lease. This could provide an opportunity for the new arty community in Bushwick to secure a very interesting venue. As it appears that the old theater has not been altered, this could make for a very promising situation. Let’s see what – if anything – happens.

robboehm on November 4, 2015 at 7:44 pm

John I uploaded a picture of the Imperial from “Old NYC Photos”

johndereszewski on November 5, 2015 at 4:48 am

Thanks robboehm for the photo; this is the same picture that was posted some time ago but then suddenly vanished. Hopefully, it will be featured at the top of this treater’s main page.

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