On Wednesday evening, February 24, I’ll be giving an illustrated talk for the Brooklyn Collection at the Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY.
This talk will cover the legitimate theater, vaudeville and other live venues in the borough’s three entertainment districts: Fulton Street, Eastern, and Coney Island . The movie house will have to wait until April 28, 2010.
The Collection tells me that things may get crowded with seating at a premium. So arrive early for the wine and cheese at 6:30pm. The presentation begins at 7pm. For more information call the Brooklyn Collection at 718-230-2762.
Above is the Broadway Theatre at 912 Broadway in Brooklyn. Built for Leo Teller, the architect was J. B. McElfatrick. It opened March 21, 1904 with “Babes in Toyland.” Drama critic Robert Grau, in 1909, referred to the Broadway as “the best suburban theatre in America.” You can catch a glimpse of it, as the Rio Piedras, in “The French Connection.”