3087-91 Ocean Parkway,
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Previously operated by: Rugoff & Becker
Firms: Dodge & Morrison
Styles: Spanish Renaissance
Previous Names: New Brighton Theatre
Located in the Brighton Beach section of Coney Island, adjacent to the Brighton Beach Casino at 3101 Ocean Parkway and Sea Breeze Avenue, adjoining the Coney Island Boardwalk. Opened June 14, 1909 with 10 acts of vaudeville. The New Brighton Theatre had stage shows, vaudeville, and then movies. In 1920 it began screening movies during winter months.
It was renamed Brighton Theatre April 23 1936 and became a legitimate stage theatre. During the summer, Broadway musicals use to be presented on the stage. I saw “Top Banana” there with Phil Silvers in about 1953. The Brighton Theatre closed in 1954, and was sold in June 1954 to be demolished and an apartment house was built on the site.
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