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Located in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. The Metro Theatre was built on the site of the old Unique Theatre, a vaudeville/legit house that had opened on August 18, 1894. It was known locally as “Da Bum”. A young Al Jolson’s first Brooklyn appearance took place at the Unique Theatre on December 10-15, 1900. Taken over by William Fox as a movie house, the Unique Theatre became the Comedy Theatre (aka The Comedy, aka Fox’s Comedy Theatre). It was demolished in 1923, and has its own page on Cinema Treasures.
The Metro Theatre opened around 1926 with an advertised seating capacity of 1,200. However the Film Daily Yearbooks place capacity at 990. It closed in the late-1940’s (1947?). It is still listed under the name Metro Theatre in the 1947 Film Daily Yearbook.
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