Pearl Theatre, 1901-1903 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 3:16:06 PM
Received an acknowledgement in Lee Krasner: A Biography by Gail Levin published in March 2011. My small contribution being a history of the Pearl Theatre.
If I remember correctly the Brooklyn Collection, at the Central Library, referred Ms. Levin to me. She wanted more information on the Pearl Theatre because Lee Krasner's younger sister, Ruth, married the projectionist there.
He had two daugthers, Muriel and Beatrice, from a previous marriage. "Aunt Lee often accompanied the girls to the movies at the Pearl." The theatre even inspired Muriel's middle name.
The Pearl was one of the many small theatres that once operated along Brooklyn's Broadway, a type of movie house known in the neighborhood as "the dump" or "the itch." These places depended on a local audience and did not advertise in the major dailies. Newspaper accounts and source information are often lacking or sketchy at best.
The Brooklyn Eagle reported on April 11, 1914 that Herman Weingarten "will erect a moving picture theatre on the north side of Broadway, 75 feet east of Eastern Parkway."
In a brief article from March 28, 1922, Rudolph Seider, owner of the Pearl Theatre, is shot by "three thugs" as he steps out from his motorcar. The reason for the shooting is unknown and there does not appear to be an update article with additional details.
1903 Broadway from Google Maps
A Certificate of Occupancy for August 11, 1927 mentions a basement boiler room and a one floor "motion picture theatre" with 535 seats. Morris Stein is the owner.
His son Willie is the projectionist who marries sister Ruth.
Cezar Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index awarded
"2010 Outstanding Book of the Year" by the Theatre Historical Society of America.