The Decatur Theatre, 1674 (Brooklyn’s) Broadway, just north of Decatur Street, opened in 1914 on the site of a vaudeville house, the People’s Pleasure Palace. I wish they had stuck with that name. It was a small, one-level theater without a balcony. Though it was expanded in 1924, it was demolished in 1951. The building was home to a hardware store for a couple of decades, but the building was finally razed in 2015 to make way for nondescript housing. (NYC tax photo, 1940)
There are still a number of interesting buildings under the el on the long stretch of Broadway, but this is no longer one of those locations. I intend to re-walk the length of the street from Williamsburg to Broadway Junction, which I haven’t attempted in 20 years.
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