1927 Fulton Street,
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Originally known as the Normandy Theatre, it was opened on September 26, 1919 with William Farnam in “The Wolves of the Night”. The theatre was equipped with a Kimball theatre organ. It was re-named the Howard Theatre in 1933 and listed in Film Daily Year Books as catering to “Negro” audiences. The name “Normandy” was later moved to the Elton Theatre in the Boro Park section of Brooklyn.
The Howard Theatre closed in July, 1949, but was sold for cash the following year to the Melrah Holding Corporation, owned by Harry Brock, according to a report in the October 17, 1950 issue of the New York Times.
Curiously, “Melrah” is “Harlem” spelled backwards, and “Harry Brock” was also the name of the millionaire junk dealer in the 1946 hit play, “Born Yesterday”.
The NYT story said that the Howard Theatre would be re-opening, and it became the Carver Theatre in October 1951. After finally closing in February 1958, it became an evangelical church.
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